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 Kevin Estes, 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: Monday Evenings 7:30 p.m.

Dorothy Rose Smith Concert Series 2017-18

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.

 Wednesday, March 14, 7:00 p.m. – Amy Yovanovich & Christian Seay

Amy E. Yovanovich (Mezzo-Soprano) and Christyan Seay (Tenor), both well known in the region, have appeared in leading roles in opera, theatre, and religious venues. Their unique vocal talent and reputation always draw an enthusiastic audience. Amy and Christyan will delight you with an evening of songs from the classical, sacred, and musical theatre repertoire.

Wednesday, April 18, 7:00 p.m. – Corsair Blue Jazz Orchestra

The “Corsair Blue Jazz Orchestra” was founded to perform Big Band Swing Music for the Veterans and communities of Central Pennsylvania.  The musicians are business people, retirees, educators, students and Veterans. CBJO will be performing “The Greatest Generation” of  American Big Band that promises to bring nostalgia, joy and a personal connection to our history through uniquely American harmonies and music.

 Saturday, June 2, 7:00 p.m. – Highland Choirs and Orchestra

The traditional end-of-season concerts by the Highland Chancel Choir and Orchestra have been major cultural events.  In celebration of Highland’s 60th anniversary, Dr. Kevin L. Estes will lead a double choir, double orchestra, and guest soloists performing the dramatic oratorio St. Matthew Passion by J.S. Bach.

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.