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Pasadena Presbyterian Church
Ministry of Music


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For generations, Pasadena Presbyterian Church has been known for its outstanding music program. We believe that through singing we amplify God’s Word as it is proclaimed in worship each week. Music at PPC expresses our joy in God's love, enhances worship, enriches church members young and old, and serves as an inspiring vehicle for community outreach. 

The music ministry at Pasadena Presbyterian Church includes five choirs and ensembles, involving over one hundred musicians from Kindergarten on up.  Participation in choirs open to any who wish to join.  

See more about how you can enjoy the wide variety of  PPC's ongoing musical offerings:

  Kirk Choir -  for Adult Singers

Children's Choirs -  for grades K - 6

Van Etten Handbell Choir

Georgia Stitt, Composer

The Chiming of the Carillon

PPC Choirs ~ Rehearsal Schedule



Please contact the church office if you or someone you know is interested in joining!

CAROL CHOIR is for children ages 4–6 and is directed by Vena Luthey.  This choir emphasizes early musical experiences and participates in worship several times each year.  Rehearsals are held on Sundays, 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

RAINBOW CHOIR is directed by Nora de la Torre and is made up of children ages 7–12.  This choir participates in worship on a regular basis, sings at the annual Christmas Eve pageant, and engages in other activities - like festivals and musicals!  Rehearsals are held on Sundays, 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

KIRK CHOIR (adults), is directed by Director of Music, Dr. Timothy Howard.  A capable and committed group of singers, the Kirk Choir serves as the church’s principal choir at Sunday morning worship services.  Their diverse repertoire embraces the breadth of traditional choral music, music written in our time, and a variety of music from other cultures.  The choir is seen weekly on the church’s television broadcast and presents several concerts each season as a part of the church’s Friends of Music concert series.  They have also performed on the CalTech concert series, at Walt Disney Concert Hall with Garrison Kiellor and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, at a national convention of the American Guild of Organists, and they have been heard across the U.S. on the public radio programs Pipedreams and With Hearts and Voices. The Kirk Choir was founded in the 1940s by Howard Swan, PPC's music director from 1940 to 1960.  A compact disc recording of their singing, New Songs of Celebration Render, is available nationally on the Arkay label. 

Rehearsals are in the Kirk Choir Room and are held on Thursdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m. except during the summer months when our Summer Choir schedule is in place.  They then meet for Sunday morning rehearsal at 9:20am and then sing in worship at 10:00am.


VAN ETTEN HANDBELL CHOIR (youth & adults is directed by Timothy Howard and is open to adults and older youth who have some music reading experience.  The choir participates in worship monthly and in special concerts both at PPC and in the community.  Rehearsals are held Thursdays from 6:15 to 7:00 p.m. 


Click here to learn more about PPC's
Aeolian-Skinner Pipe Organ

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Dr. Timothy Howard
Director of Music
and Staff Organist

CD of PPC's Choir, Organ, Bells
and Brass

Now Available to order Online!

New Songs of Celebration Render is a selection of hymns and anthems which are among the favorites of the choirs and congregation at Pasadena Presbyterian Church. The emphasis is on new songs: texts and music composed in recent decades as well as older material which is just now making its way into new denominational hymnals of the past few years. The forty-voice Kirk Choir is accompanied by the Van Etten Handbell Choir, the Modern Brass Quintet and the church's majestic Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ in this celebration of faith and sacred art.

Click Here to Hear Samples and Order Your Copy

Contact Timothy Howard, Director of Music 
By phone (626) 793-2191, ext 243
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