Covenant Presbyterian Church - Charlotte, NC

Music and Arts

Worship actively through Music and Arts

We sing, ring and play to the glory of God and for the building up of God’s people gathered in worship.

The Music Ministry at Covenant has a place for musicians from age 4 throughout adulthood. Do you like to sing, ring handbells or play an instrument? Would you like to learn more about music or develop a talent you’ve never explored? We have a place for you. With children, youth and adult choirs, an adult handbell ensemble, a flute choir, an active slate of carilloneurs, and instrumentalists of all types, we can guide you to use your gifts in worship. Contact Heather Potter, Director of Traditional Music, for more information.

Children's Choirs

Children's Choir registration is now openRehearsals begin September 8, 2021. 
Register here by September 1, 2021. (After September 1, please contact Heather Potter to join)
This year, programs will be tailored to smaller groups, giving students opportunities for more engagement, leadership and personalized instruction at each age level. Smaller group sizes will also allow for greater social distancing.

Our Young Scholars Bible study will be offered in coordination with choir (either before or after, depending on age group) and teachers will transition students from one to the other, giving parents the chance to fully engage in adult programming from 5:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Angelus Choir (grades K-1)
Angelus Choir is open to children in kindergarten through 1st grade. Weekly rehearsals are Wednesdays from 5:45 to 6:30, Education Wing Room 201, where the focus is on teaching children to use their voices to praise God.
  • For more information, contact Robert Dicks, associate director of traditional music, organist, and Angelus Choir conductor

Chorister Choir (grades 2-3)
Chorister Choir is open to children in 2nd and 3rd grades. Weekly rehearsals are Wednesdays from 5:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Education Wing Room 315. During the year, children will lead worship in traditional and contemporary services and during the Service of Lessons and Carols.
  • For more information, contact Heather Potter, Director of Traditional Music and conductor of Chorister and Jubilate Choirs.

Jubilate Choir (grades 4-5) 
Jubilate Choir is open to children in 4th and 5th grades. Weekly rehearsals are Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Education Wing Room 315. During the year, children will lead worship in traditional and contemporary services and during the Service of Lessons and Carols.
  • For more information, contact Heather Potter, Director of Traditional Music and conductor of Chorister and Jubilate Choirs.

Cherub Choir (ages 4-5)
Part of Covenant's weekday preschool program, children participate in Cherub Choir on alternating weeks. For more information, contact Robert Dicks, Associate Director of Traditional Music, Organist, and Cherub Choir conductor.

Covenant Youth Choirs

For more information, contact Heather Potter, Director of Traditional Music and Youth Singers conductor.
Covenant Youth Singers
  • Open to youth in grades 6-12
  • Sings regularly in traditional and contemporary worship, during the Service of Lessons and Carols, and on Youth Sunday.
  • Covenant Youth Singers rehearses on Sundays from 10:30 to 10:50 a.m. in EW315.

Youth Singers (grades 6-12)
Open to all middle and high school youth. Weekly rehearsals are Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. in Education Wing, room 315. An information meeting will be held on September 12.

Youth Strings Ensemble (grades 6-12)
Open to all middle and high school youth. Weekly rehearsals are Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Chapel. All experience levels are welcome!

Youth Handbell Ensemble (grades 6-12)
Open to all middle and high school youth. Weekly rehearsals are Wednesdays from 5:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Education Wing, room 320.

Covenant Adult Choir

Come sing with us! Bring the skills you have and learn as you go. Join us for the full year or choose a project that interests you and commit to a short-term preparation.

  • Open to adults who desire to express their faith through song and lead God’s people in worship.
  • Serves as the primary service choir for the 11:00 traditional service in the sanctuary.
  • Provides leadership for special services throughout the year
  • Rehearses Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Peek Music Room, located downstairs in the Sanctuary building.

Summer Choir
Do you love to sing but can't commit to weekly rehearsals throughout the year? Join us for summer choir. From the first Sunday in June through Labor Day, we meet each week at 10 a.m. in the Peek Music Room to prepare for service leadership. Come once or weekly.

For more information, contact Kenney Potter, Choral Director, or Heather Potter, Director of Traditional Music

Contemporary Worship Team

Do you sing or play an instrument such as the guitar, saxophone or drums? Make beautiful music with us at the 9:30 a.m. contemporary service in the Sanctuary or the 11 a.m. contemporary service in Fellowship Hall. Rehearsals are Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary to prepare for the 9:30 a.m. worship experience and at 6 p.m. on Thursdays to prepare for the 11 a.m. worship experience. Contact Shea Watts, Director of Contemporary Worship and Arts.

Worship Jam Nights

Want to sing or play in a relaxed, fun environment? Do you ever pick up a paintbrush or draw for fun? Join us for Sunday nights with the Worship Team where we will jam to some of our favorite songs while artists can draw, paint, or create as they listen to the music.

Beginning August 29, Worship Jam Nights will happen on the last Sunday of the month from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Bring your instruments, your artwork, and/or your materials as we connect through song, craft, and art. All skill levels are welcome! For more information or to RSVP, email Shea Watts.

Covenant Ringers

The Covenant Ringers adult handbell choir plays several times a year for Traditional and Contemporary Worship and in special services.

Covenant Ringers rehearse on Mondays from 6-7 p.m. in EW320.
For more information, contact Robert Dicks, Associate Director of Traditional Music, Organist, Covenant Ringers Director.

If you have basic music reading skills and are looking for a way to contribute to worship, handbells are a great opportunity! 

Flute Choir

This group of musicians –  young and old – offer their gifts in worship and at other occasions. Flute players of all ages are welcome to join for periodic practices and performances. Contact Emily Schauer for more information. 

Carilloneurs

Have you heard the beautiful music floating from the bell tower? If you have piano or organ experience, you can learn to play the carillon. Join the rotating team and be part of the soundtrack of Dilworth.  For more information, contact Robert Dicks.

Instrumentalists

We welcome instrumentalists of all types to participate in worship. Contact Heather Potter  for more information or to express your interest.

Meet Heather Potter

Director of Traditional Music 

Heather Williams Potter serves as the Director of Traditional Music at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she oversees all aspects of traditional worship and leads children and youth choirs. Dr. Potter holds degrees in music education and choral conducting from Furman University, Arizona State University, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Meet Robert Dicks

Associate Director of Traditional Music & Organist 

Rob has most recently served as an assistant director and music teacher at Cathedral Choir School in Wilmington, Delaware. Rob oversees Covenant’s children’s choirs, plays the organ for worship services as needed, accompanies the adult and youth choirs, and assists directors, Heather and Kenney Potter, in leading the church’s vibrant traditional music ministry.

Meet Kenney Potter

Choral Conductor

Kenney Potter serves as Choral Conductor at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, North Carolina and has been the Director of Choral Activities at Wingate University since 2005.

Meet Shea Watts

Director of Contemporary Worship and Arts 

Shea holds a Ph.D. in Theology and Culture and a Master of Arts in Religious Studies from Chicago Theological Seminary. Most recently, he served as Associate Director of Contemporary and Children’s Worship and Liturgy at Christ Episcopal Church in Charlotte. Prior, he served at churches in Ohio and South Carolina.

Covenant's Instruments

The Covenant campus contains four pipe organs (three in the Sanctuary building and one in the Chapel), as well as a 48-bell carillon in the tower overlooking and broadcasting out joyful tunes to the neighborhood.

The Sanctuary Chancel Organ

The Chancel Organ, Aeolian-Skinner Opus 1196, was contracted in 1949. Built in the company’s factory in Boston and stored there until completion of Covenant’s Sanctuary in 1953, the organ was voiced by G. Donald Harrison, president and tonal director. The console bears his signature name plate, a distinction reserved for the firm’s finest instruments. In 1975, concurrent with the installation of the Gallery Schlicker Organ, a four-manual console, capable of playing both the Chancel and Gallery Organs, replaced the original Aeolian-Skinner console. The organ received minor revisions and several additions over the years, as well as a complete renovation in 2003-2004. The renovation project included a new five-manual, Aeolian-Skinner style console built by Robert M. Turner of southern California. The console rests on an hydraulic lift and can be moved to the Chancel center for concerts. The five-manual console permits greater versatility in controlling the combined eight manual and two pedal divisions between the Chancel and Gallery Organs. David Nelms and the Mid-Atlantic Organ Company installed the new console and accomplished the renovation. Read more about Covenant's Chancel Organ in the Pipe Organ Database.

The Sanctuary Gallery Organ

Installed in 1975, the two-manual, mechanical action instrument was given by Marion Nebel in memory of her husband, Mr. William Nebel. Hermann Schlicker, founder of the Schlicker Organ Company of Buffalo, N.Y., built the Gallery Organ as the final instrument before his death. The organ case is constructed of Honduran mahogany. North German in design, this organ is especially suited to the music of J.S. Bach and his contemporaries and features façade pipes of burnished copper and polished tin. The Chancel console controls the Gallery Organ by means of electric pull-downs. In 1982 Dr. and Mrs. Bruce Berryhill donated a dramatic horizontal Spanish Trumpet, given in memory of parents Mr. and Mrs. William Scott Berryhill.

The Chapel Organ

The first organ in Morrison Chapel, an 1885 William Johnson and Sons instrument, came from the old St. Mark’s Lutheran Church of Charlotte. Enlarged and rebuilt by the Schlicker Organ Company in 1962, the instrument served the congregation from that year until 2012. Gifts from individuals and local foundations established seed money for planning a new instrument. In 2010 a bequest from the estate of Esther L. and Charles E. Fishell provided the funds to build and endow a new organ as well as support other musical initiatives. Using information gathered in 2005, an ad hoc committee selected A.E. Schlueter Pipe Organ Company to build a 32-rank organ of great versatility and warmth. Its tonal palette, set in the American Classic Style, resembles the design of the Sanctuary’s Aeolian-Skinner Organ. Completed and dedicated in 2012, the instrument serves as both worship leader and concert organ. In January 2014, the organ will be the cover photo and feature article of The American Organist magazine. The picture at the top of this page is also of the Chapel Organ.

The Music Studio Organ

The Sanctuary building Music Studio houses a two-manual, ten rank, mechanical action Flentrop Organ. Built in Zaandam, Holland, this instrument was imported to the U.S. and installed in the Charlotte home of Henry and Daisy Bridges in 1968. Mr. and Mrs. Bridges donated it to Covenant Presbyterian Church in 2010, and David Nelms of Pipe Organs of the Carolinas relocated the instrument to the Music Studio. The instrument serves as a practice instrument as well as a rehearsal instrument for small ensembles and soloists.

The Carillon

Covenant Presbyterian Church's tower houses a 48-bell cast bell carillon and one pealing bell. The bells, which range in size from 22 pounds to 3,300 pounds were cast in Holland by Petit Fritsen.The original "A" bell was the gift of Mrs. Arnold Smith. Forty-one additional bells were given by Mr. and Mrs. James Barnhardt and their sons, James and Sadler, as a memorial to Alan Wilson Hayers, Jr. Later bells were donated by Mrs. Arnold Smith, Dr. George Culbreth and his mother, Mrs. C.B. Culbreth, Mrs. Robert Moore, Mrs. Charles Barnhardt, and the family of Richard Ramey and his mother, Mrs. Robert Ramey. Other bells were given in honor of individuals, whose names are inscribed on the bells along with those of the donors. A memorial plaque bearing the names of all those honored and their donors was placed in the north gallery stairwell as part of Covenant's 50th anniversary celebration.  Covenant's memorial carillon was dedicated on Sept. 18, 1966, with a recital by the famed carilloneur Wendall Westcott of Michigan State University. On Jan. 11, 2001, the Low D#" was hoisted to the tower and installed by the Verdin Company of Ohio. The bell and a new Clavier were given in memory of George T. and Adelaide S. Williams by George M. and Sarah E. Williams, and George E. and Sylvia M. Williams.

Be a part of the Music and Arts ministry

We would love to hear from you. Drop us a line with any questions and we'll get back with you.