Piccolo Spoleto Youth Music Festival

We are hosting several concerts for Piccolo Spoleto:


(Free, donations accepted)

Charleston Children's Chorus - 1:00PM - The Charleston Children's Chorus under the direction of Shelly Goughnour and accompanied by Anna Reid, is a select treble choir comprised of gifted and talented Charleston County students. In a program entitled, Songs of Hope and Peace From Around the World, the chorus will perform from a variety of times, places, and styles.

Girls' Choir of Wilmington - 2:00PM - The Girls’ Choir of Wilmington presents a family-friendly concert of secular and sacred music for treble choir, including music of Eric Whitacre, Paul Halley, and Paul McCartney. An organization serving girls aged 8–18 in the Lower Cape Fear area of North Carolina, the choir sings for community events, church services, and often collaborates with the Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Harmonia Children's Choir (Mt. Pleasant) - 3:00PM - Harmonia Children’s Choir, directed by Scott and Suzanne Atwood, is an ensemble comprised of students from Christ Our King-Stella Maris School. They will present a program of time-less sacred classics as well as African American Spirituals and Folk-tune inspired hymns.

Goose Creek High School Chamber Choir -  4:00PM - The award-winning Goose Creek High School Chamber Choir presents an array of choral music representing a variety of styles. The program features pieces composed by living composers, from stunning contemporary pieces, to rousing spirituals.


We are hosting the Piccolo Spoleto Spotlight Series May 28-June 6, 2019.

Concerts at 6:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Tickets at the door or ahead online: Unless otherwise noted: Adults $21, Senior $18, Student $11

Tuesday, May 28 - Fantasma: Piano Trio - Exploring how composers expose the dark shadows that underlie joy, beauty, and humor, Trio Appassionata makes its Piccolo Spoleto debut in a concert featuring Beethoven’s mysterious “Ghost” Trio, Op. 70, No. 1, and Shostakovich’s wildly intense Trio No. 2 in E minor. Comprised of American violinist Lydia Chernicoff, Spanish cellist Andrea Casarrubios, and Brazilian pianist Ronaldo Rolim, this trio takes listeners on a vivid musical tour.

Wednesday, May 29 - The In Between: Jazz and poetry - Combining jazz and spoken word, Charleston’s Poet Laureate, Marcus Amaker, takes the stage with soprano Jill Terhaar Lewis, saxophonist Robert Lewis, and pianist Gerald Gregary for a one of a kind performance. Joining the ensemble is Tyler Ross, a prominent jazz guitarist, composer, and teacher with additional original music by Brooklyn based musician Nathan Koci, and jazz pianist and recent College of Charleston graduate Maxx Bradley. Amaker will debut new compositions throughout the show.

Thursday, May 30 - CSO Strings - Rejoice! - Charleston Symphony musicians, Yuriy Bekker, Micah Gangwer, Jan-Marie Joyce, Sadie DeWall, Norbert Lewandowski, and Damian Kremer, are joined by new Charlestonian and retired National Symphony Orchestra violinist, Pam Hentges, in a performance of an epic work by the sixteen-year-old prodigy composer, Felix Mendelssohn. In addition, several talented music students will join the professionals in a side-by-side performance of the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s lush work, “Souvenir de Florence.”

Friday, May 31 - Chamber Music Charleston - Get to know the music of Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn with Chamber Music Charleston’s “A Mendelssohn Family Music Salon.” The program will explore the music of the wildly talented 19th-century siblings. The program includes a selection of chamber songs by both Fanny and Felix followed by movements from Fanny Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in D minor and Felix Mendelssohn’s complete Piano Trio in D minor. Chamber Music Charleston: violinist Frances Hsieh, cellist Timothy O’Mally, pianist Irina Pevzner, and soprano Suzanne Fleming Atwood perform the works.

Saturday, June 1 at 12:00PM - (Young Artists Series, College of Charleston) - C of C Concert Choir - Under the direction of Robert Taylor, conductor, this outstanding, award-winning choir has been featured in juried performance at several national conferences and has toured the Southeast. This concert only, $11 general admission.

Saturday, June 1 at 5:00PM - CSO Brass and Organ - Orchestra’s brass section and organist Daniel Sansone for a concert of music for brass and organ. The concert explores the varied sonorities offered by the brass quintet and the ‘king of instruments,’ drawing on music from four centuries, and includes both original works and transcriptions. Sonic blockbusters from composers including Richard Strauss, George Gershwin and Eugene Gigout will fill the wonderful acoustics of the historic Second Presbyterian Church.

Mon June 3 - Hello Saxophone! - Versatile saxophonist extraordinaire, Jonathan Kammer, returns to Piccolo with a new program in his signature concert series to present exciting music from widely acclaimed composer Gregory Wanamaker. These virtuosic, lyrical, graceful, and funky compositions for saxophone, clarinet, piano and other woodwinds will be a delight for lovers of saxophone and lovers of contemporary classical music alike.

Tuesday, June 4 - Carol Gimbel, viola - Violist Carol Gimbel returns to Piccolo Spoleto for another commanding chamber music performance. Along with her New York City collaborators, renowned pianist Cullan Bryant, and celebrated countertenor Daniel Moody, the trio will perform Brahms Two Songs for Voice, Viola and Piano, Op. 91, Brahms Sonatensatz for violin and piano, along with “Es Sang vor langen Jahren.”

Wednesday, June 5 - Leah Edwards and Dimitri Pittas, vocals - Hailed as “glamorous on stage, but regular at home,” international opera and musical theatre stars Leah Edwards and Dimitri Pittas present an intimate cabaret program of show tunes and standards. This concert only - $18 general admission.

Thursday, June 6 - Charleston Piano Trio - Join Charleston’s own, Yuriy Bekker, violin; Natalia Khoma, cello; and Volodymyr Vynnytsky, piano for a performance of masterworks by Ernest Chausson and Franz Joseph Haydn. Chausson’s Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 3 is romantic, gorgeous, moving and rarely performed in concert. In contrast, Haydn’s “Gypsy Trio” is a fun and whimsical work featuring Hungarian Gypsy themes in the last movement. This evening of fine chamber music masterpieces, performed by your favorite Ukrainian and Belarussian musicians, is not to be missed.


Here are some highlights of our services:

Easter Sunday, Handel’s Coronation Anthem #4 and Hallelujah Chorus. You can click on any point along the ribbon to move forward or back

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Handel - Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened, 1st mvt.

3rd mvt - "Alleluia"

Hallelujah Chorus, congregational singalong:

Hallelujah Chorus

Good Friday service with music:

4-19-19 - Good Friday



DAVIDSON COLLEGE CHOIR singing in the service January 6, 2019

"Angelus ad Virginem" - Elizabeth Daley

"We Three Kings" - arr. Matthew Culloton

"Antiphon" - Ralph Vaughan Williams


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12-16-18 - Children's Christmas Pageant


3-17-19 - "Gaelic Blessing" - Turner

3-10-19 - "Have Mercy, O Lord" - Arcadelt/Hopson

3-3-19 - arr. Lowenberg - "Holy Manna"

2-24-19 - Fedak - "The Falconer"

12-16-18 - Vivaldi - "Gloria in excelsis Deo"

12-16-18 - Vivaldi - "Domine Deus"

Clarissa Rider, soloist

12-16-18 - Vivaldi - "Domine Fili Unigenite"

12-16-18 - Vivaldi - "Cum sancto Spiritu"

11-20-18 Community Thanksgiving Service

Various Choirs sing

6-3-18 - "Laudate Dominum" (Solemn Vespers) - Mozart

Clarissa Rider, soloist

"Every Time I Feel the Spirit" - arr. Moses Hogan

Pentecost Sunday 5-20-18

For more information about musical activities at Second Presbyterian, please contact Dr. Julia Harlow, Director of Music/Organist: . It is not necessary to be a member of Second Presbyterian Church to participate in the music programs.

Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018 - sing-along of Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus"

First Scots' Choir and Second Presbyterian Choirs sing together on February 4, 2018

2-4-18 - "This Is the Day" by John Rutter, combined choirs of First (Scots) and Second Presbyterian.

Ricard Bordas, conductor

2-4-18 - "Gaelic Blessing" by John Rutter, combined choirs of First (Scots) and Second Presbyterian.

Ricard Bordas, conductor

CHOIRS AT SECOND PRESBYTERIAN. It is not necessary to be a member of the church to participate. For more information on any of the choirs, please contact Dr. Julia Harlow, director of music: jharlow@2ndpc.org

SANCTUARY CHOIR, Lee Lingle, director:  Wednesday Night rehearsal - 6:30-8:00 pm in the Choir Room (upstairs in the Sanctuary), this year, 2019, through May 22nd.  Sunday mornings:  10:30 warmup (either upstairs or downstairs);  sing in 11:15 service.     We sing music from the 16th-21st centuries, and welcome new members!    Starting May 26 we will probably go to our summer schedule. Check back for information on that (will probably be earlier).

BELL CHOIR, Julia Harlow, director:  Wednesday night rehearsal:  5:00-6:00 pm upstairs in the Sanctuary.   It is not necessary to have bell choir experience before joining the Bell Choir.  We can teach you!  It's a fun way to participate in music in the church.

JUNIOR CHOIR:   Middle and High School students are encouraged to sing with the Sanctuary Choir.

CHILDRENS CHOIR, Clarissa Rider, director:  Sunday mornings 11:00-11:20, in the Chapel.


A World Premiere at Easter-  Sunday, April 19, 2017, during the morning worship service saw the premiere of a new anthem, a setting for choir and organ of Psalm 121    (Levavi Oculi) by Timothy Tikker.   Dr. Tikker lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  The piece was commissioned in 2016.   You can hear our choir and organist her30

Psalm 121 "Levavi Oculi" by Timothy Tikker, 4/16/17

I lift up my eyes to the hills; from where is my help to come?

My help comes from the LORD, the maker of heav'n and earth.

He will not let your foot be moved, and he who watches over you will not fall asleep.

Behold, he who keeps watch over Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.

The LORD himself watches over you; the LORD is your shade at your right hand,

so that the sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.

 The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; It is he who shall keep you safe.

The LORD will watch over your going out and your coming in from this time forevermore.

Sanctuary Choir

There is no formal audition for the Choir, but a pleasant singing voice and some ability to read music are helpful.   A short audition for Dr. Harlow is helpful to assign parts correctly.  On the first Sunday of the month, when there is Communion, the Choir meets and sits downstairs at the front of the church, rather than in the loft., as well as one additional Sunday per month.    A few times a year, the Choir does an anthem written by a Charleston composer.   

In addition to singing in the weekly Sunday service, the Choir presents two smaller classical works per year with soloists and instrumentalists -- one during Advent and one during the Lenten or Easter season.  Some works done in the past include: 

  • Bach, JS, Cantatas #140 (Wachet auf), #61 (Nun komm der Heiden Heiland), #142 (Uns ist ein Kind geboren)

  • Britten, A Ceremony of Carols and Rejoice in the Lamb

  • Buxtehude, Cantata The Infant Jesus

  • Fauré, Requiem and Messe

  • Handel, movements from the Christmas and Easter sections of Messiah, Coronation Anthem #4

  • Haydn, Missa Sancti Joannes de Deo

  • Isabella Leonarda, Magnificat

  • Mendelssohn, several movements from Elijah, presented in conjunction with Harborview Presbyterian Church choir in April 2009

  • Mozart, Missa Brevis K.140 and K.259

  • Pachelbel (Charles Theodore), Magnificat

  • Pergolesi (Durante), Magnificat, Stabat Mater

  • Schubert, Mass in G

  • Telemann, Cantata Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland

  • Vaughan-Williams, Five Mystical Songs

  • Vivaldi, Gloria

Singers are welcome to join at any time, for the short or long term, or even just to sing in the rehearsals and presentations of the major works. For more information on the Adult Choir, or to join or observe a rehearsal, please contact Dr. Julia Harlow as indicated at the top of the page.



The Bell Choir is open to high school students and adults; prior bell ringing or musical experience is not necessary. Ringers learn the rudiments of music, ringing technique and something of church music and hymn history. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings from 5:00-6:00 pm in the sanctuary; the Bell Choir plays once or twice a month in the Sunday service during the school year.  The Bell Choir takes a break during the summer as well.  The church owns a three octave set of Schulmerich handbells.  New ringers are always welcome in theBell Choir.

3-6-19 - "Adagio" - Mozart


Special Music Programs

For the past several years, Second Presbyterian has hosted joint community services with several other area churches on the Tuesday evening before Thanksgiving and on Maundy Thursday (the Thursday before Easter). The programs consist of each church choir singing an anthem and it is an enjoyable opportunity to hear other choirs and for community fellowship. Please consult the church calendar for the date, time and location of these special services.   Services with special music programs include Christmas Eve candlelight service, Christmas Day, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.


We welcome the inclusion of instrumentalists in the service, both for solo offerings and as part of the choral anthems. Playing melody instruments such as flute, violin, trumpet, piano or guitar are just some of the ways one might participate in worship. Please contact Julia Harlow for more information on how to participate.

A Hymn by Mary Edna Fraser and Julia Harlow
This special composition was commissioned for the Bicentennial Finale service held on Sunday, April 26, 2009. It was premiered during that service - the congregation sang the melody, accompanied by organ and brass choir. The words for the first three verses were written by Mary Edna Fraser. The melody, harmonization and words for the fourth verse were composed by Dr. Julia Harlow. The name of the hymn tune is "Wragg Square," after the city park located directly in front of the church. Several other famous hymns are named after places, e.g., Regent Square (Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation), Duke Street (I Know That My Redeemer Lives) and Bunessan (Morning Has Broken).

"Wragg Square" - April 12, 2011

1.  All power given in heaven and earth, in name of Father and Son, and Holy Ghost observing all things, to ends of all the earth as one.

2.  Black holes above, mysterious, dark, Earth's bluest sky offering light, with fragile faith at best we oft embark, led forth to knowledge and sight.

3.  Through earthquake fire and hurricane, enduring wages of war, through many hardships which the Church sustained, our peace and hope we secure.

4.  With gifts of love and healing prayer, we live our faith in charity, and going out into the world we share, Commitment and Community.

Church Organ

Second Presbyterian's first organ was built in 1845 by Henry Erben of New York City. The splendid divided carved case and façade pipes are all that remain of that instrument. The present organ, of three manuals and 30 ranks, was built in the 1950's by the Moeller Organ Company of Hagerstown, Maryland. The organ sustained considerable damage during Hurricane Hugo in 1989 and was rebuilt by the A.E. Schlueter Organ Company of Atlanta.


Lee Lingle, Choir Director -

Dr. Julia Harlow, Director of Music and Organist, began at Second in February 1997. Her undergraduate degree in Organ Performance is from the University of Iowa (Iowa City), and her Masters in Early Keyboard Performance and Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in Organ Performance and Pedagogy are from the University of Oregon (Eugene). Dr. Harlow teaches organ and harpsichord privately and at the College of Charleston and has taught eartraining, world music and music appreciation. She is active in the Charleston music scene, as a coordinator for the L'Organo organ recital series for Piccolo Spoleto, the American Guild of Organists, as a bagpiper, and performs frequently as organist, harpsichordist or pianist with the Charleston Symphony, Chamber Music Charleston, College of Charleston, Piccolo Spoleto, etc. In June 2010, she founded the ensemble 'La Belle Musique' to perform 17th and 18th century works, notably by women composers. contact: jharlow@2ndpc.org