Highland Music Ministry

“Come, let us sing for the joy to the Lord,  let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.”   Psalm 95:1

Our Highland Music Ministry family serves to bring Jesus to Life through music. In the life of our church, you may find us ringing bells, playing drums, guitar or piano, not to mention singing praise to our heavenly Father. Our   volunteers work together to plan special events, concerts and participate in worship services. We encourage you to express your faith in song!  Childcare available as needed during rehearsal. For more information, please contact Paul Thorlakson, Music Ministry Director at ( or Josh Witmer, Contemporary Worship Leader (

Chancel Choir practice: Thursday 7 p.m.

Praise Band practice: Thursday evening or Saturday morning

Highland Brass: Every other Thursday 7 p.m.

Bell Choir practice: Wednesday Evenings 7:30 p.m.

Dorothy Rose Smith Concert Series 2018-2019

For more than 25 years, Highland has been known throughout Lancaster County for its choir and music ministry. Dorothy Rose Smith was Director of Music at Highland from 1976-2005. During this time, she was also Artistic Director of the Lancaster Opera Workshop (now Opera Lancaster) and conductor of the Lancaster Symphony Chorus. Her tenure at Highland saw the establishment of a vibrant choral and instrumental program, which included the installation of our magnificent Wicks hybrid organ in 1998. Upon her retirement, the concert series established for the organ was renamed in her honor, and each year the series opens with an organ recital.

2019 Concerts

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019, 7:00 p.m. – QuintEssentially Brass

QuintEssentially Brass, founded in 2009, is devoted to surprising and delighting audiences by presenting the best in the brass quintet repertoire. Spanning five generations, these five musicians believe that making great music takes hard work but must be enjoyable for each other and their audiences. QuintEssentially Brass redefines the brass quintet. Experience the fun that great music can be.

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019, 7:00 p.m. – David Kim

David Kim, Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster, returns to Highland, this time with this quartet, for a performance of Franz Joseph Hayden’s, The Seven Last Words of Christ. Commissioned in 1786 for a Good Friday service in Cadiz, Spain, this powerful Lenten work has inspired listeners for centuries.

Saturday, June 1st, 2019, 7:00 p.m. – Highland Chancel Choir

The traditional end-of-season concerts by the Highland Chancel Choir and orchestra have been major cultural events. Augmented with singers from other churches and the Lancaster Symphony Chorus, accompanied but he best area instrumental players and soloists, audiences have been thrilled by critically acclaimed performances of some of the most popular work in the choral literature.

2018 concerts

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – The Brandywine Singers

They Brandywine Singers is a non-profit choral ensemble based in West Chester, PA. Established in 1993 by retired West Chester University professor Lois Williams, the organization strives to facilitate greater access to quality choral programs and provide an avenue for young musicians to make the transition from student to professional musician.

Wednesday,October 3rd, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – Monte Maxwell, Organist

Monte Maxwell, Concert organist, has performed throughout the United States. His musical endeavors have taken him abroad to Singapore, Brazil, Peru, Ukraine, Chile, Argentina, Canada, China, England, Belgium, and Italy, performing in a variety of circumstances, including solo concerts, missionary services, and professional accompanying. He has performed numerous concerts on the Wanamaker Organ in Philadelphia, the world’s largest fully playing pipe organ. Maxwell currently serves as the Chapel Organist and Director of Chapel Music at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

Organ Specifications

This beautiful instrument was given in memory of Morris A. Stoltzfus by the Stoltzfus family to the glory of God, to produce joyful music in our sanctuary for the inspiration of present and future generations. We hope that its voice will speak not only to our parishioners in worship services, but also to the community at large in special concerts.

The Wicks 3-manual pipe/digital organ has 41 ranks of pipes — 2116 pipes, to be exact — and 37 digital ranks, entirely housed in the former choir loft and a small adjoining room which previously housed speakers. The console and facade are constructed of solid oak, as are the suspended Celtic cross — a gift, the pulpit, the floor of the chancel platform, and all other visible wooden structures.