471 Main Street, PO Box 548, Highlands, NC 28741 | 1 828 526 3175


Music Ministry

First Presbyterian Church has a vibrant and extensive music program. The Chancel Choir is led by Dr. Michael Lancaster, who also serves as Conductor of the Asheville Symphony Chorus. Organist/Pianist, Angie Jenkins, has served as principal accompanist at the church since 1976. In addition to the Chancel Choir and Sacred Sounds Bell Choir, many world-class guest instrumentalists and vocalists – as well as occasional guest choirs greatly enhance numerous worship services throughout the year. Two "Bluegrass Sundays" are scheduled each year. A number of concerts are presented throughout the season, in addition to old fashioned Hymn Sings and a Christmas Carol Sing each December. The church installed a 2 manual 16 rank Wicks pipe organ in 2004.

Musicians Featured at 11am Worship Services

    • July 9 – Guest Choir: Coro Vocati Choral Ensemble
    • July 16 – Linda Lancaster, Flutist
      Franklin Keel, Cellist
    • July 23 – Kelly O’Dell, Oboist
      Mike Brubaker, French Horn
    • July 30 – Sacred Sounds Bell Choir
    • August 6 – TBA
    • August 13 – Guest Choir: Highlands Men’s Chorus
      Larry Black, Trumpeter
    • August 20 – Kirkin o’ the Tartan
      Cameron Nixon, Bagpiper
    • August 27 – Sacred Sounds Bell Choir
      Guest Choir: Highlands Women’s Chorus
    • September 3 – Guest Choir: Pebblebrook School Phoenix Ensemble
    • September 10 – Stella Zambalis, Soprano

The summer season of Highlands' weekly Interlude concerts will begin on Wednesday, July 5. The series is in its 19th season. The free concerts are sponsored by First Presbyterian Church and the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, and are held on Wednesdays at 2pm. Dress is casual. The concerts provide a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life- a time to meditate, relax, and enjoy a variety of music. Visitors to Highlands are especially invited to attend these concerts. This year's lineup includes:

  • July 5
    • Episcopal Church
    • Leah Partridge, Soprano
    • Robert Henry, Pianist

  • July 12
    • Presbyterian Church
    • Bradley Howard, Tenor
    • Accompanied by Dr. Will Ransom

  • July 19
    • Episcopal Church
    • David Watkins, Pianist

  • July 26
    • Presbyterian Church
    • The Trey Clegg Singers (Atlanta)
    • Conducted by Trey Clegg

  • August 2
    • Episcopal Church
    • Trey Wright, Guitar and Vocals

  • August 9
    • Presbyterian Church
    • Pamela Dillard, Soprano

  • August 16
    • Episcopal Church
    • Robert Henry, Pianist

  • August 23
    • Presbyterian Church
    • Silly Ridge Round-Up Band



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8:30 a.m. Communion Service

Early June - Labor Day

11:00 a.m.

First Sunday of each month

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