Music Ministry Concerts / Events

For general information about any of the programs listed below, please contact Heather Ellison, Administrative Assistant for the Music Ministry, at or 404-842-5846

2014 Concert Series       

Upcoming Events

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 6:00 PM - Sanctuary

Peachtree Presbyterian Church presents
Nicholas Bowden and Friends Christmas Concert
December 21, 2014
6:00-8:00 pm

“…A cherished Atlanta tradition”
(Atlanta Journal Constitution)

Featuring Concert Chorus
Full Orchestra and Organ
The Golden Bells of Atlanta
John H. Roarke, Kenneth Axelson, organ
Andy Bayles, Daniel Solberg, Nancy Elton, piano
Clay Hille, Wesley Morgan, Brendan Callahan Fitzgerald, tenor
John Tibbets, baritone
Ingrid Cole, alto
Amy Little, Elizabeth Claxton Castillo, soprano;
Mary Hoffman, Eric Nelson, Deanna Joseph, Rolando Salazar, conductors
Nicholas Bowden, organist and host

Nicholas Bowden and all his friends gather for one of the most spectacular concerts in Atlanta's Christmas season!

The concert is free and open to the public, and a free-will offering will be taken to benefit the Bill maness Scholarship Foundation

Give yourself, your family and your friends the gift of Nick and Friends!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - 6:00 PM - Sanctuary


The best seat at Peachtree on Christmas Eve is in the Chancel Choir - - this is an invitation for you to come sing with us for the Traditional Christmas Eve Candlelighting services at 6:00, 8:00, and/or 10:00pm.

Every year we invite former choir members, youth choir alumni, out-of-town visitors and anyone who loves singing in choir but who may not be able to commit on a regular basis…to SING with us on Christmas Eve. We love this annual homecoming, seeing friends, students and relatives. Please join us!

Frequently asked questions and (answers!) about singing on Christmas Eve:

1. WHAT are we singing?

This year, our Christmas Eve music will be accompanied by organ, strings, brass and percussion:

• "O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion", featuring our own alto soloist Ingrid Cole
• "This Christmastide"
• "O Holy Night" (Adolphe Adam, arr. John Rutter)
• "The First Nowell" by Dan Forrest

2. WHEN are the rehearsals?

We have one rehearsal, Monday night Dec. 22 from 6:30-8:30pm. We will start in the choir room and move to the Sanctuary. If you are not yet in town that early, FRET NOT! Join us for warm-ups on Christmas Eve at 5:00pm in the choir room (4th floor of the Gym); we will have brief warm-ups prior to the other services.

3. HOW many services am I expected to sing?

We hope that all our singers will commit to singing at least 2 services that night, either the 6:00 and the 8:00pm services, or the 8:00 and the 10:00pm services. (For those of you who plan to sing all 3 services…the Baby Jesus is smiling. Actually giggling with joy.) But if you can ONLY SING FOR 1 SERVICE, that is totally fine.

4. Is there food between services?

We DO feed our hungry musicians! There is a full dinner served at 7:00pm, between the 6:00 and 8:00pm services. Between the 8:00 and 10:00 services, we will have munchies.

5. WHAT should we wear?

We will have robes for all our singers. Men, please wear a collared white shirt and long tie, nice dress slacks, dark shoes. Women, do not wear skirts or dresses that drip below the length of your robe. Black pants are fine for women. If it is particularly cold outside that day, do not wear over-sized turtleneck sweaters. Go easy on the earrings.

6. Is the service televised or live on the internet?

Yes, the services will all be live this year.


Are you ready to sing??? Please RSVP by contacting our administrative assistant, Heather Ellison at 404-842-5846 or

If you have any questions OTHER than those above, feel free to contact Mary Hoffman at

Looking forward to a glorious Christmas Eve - - with you!

Past Events

"STRIKE THE HARP!: A Christmas Festival Concert
Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 6:00 PM - Sanctuary
STRIKE THE HARP!: A Christmas Festival Concert
Sunday, December 14

Festival indeed! The Peachtree Music Ministry calls upon voices, organ, bells, piano, harp, strings, horns and drums - - LOTS of drums! - - to celebrate the season of Christmas. Featuring a chamber orchestra along with the drumline from Pope High School, you are in for a delightful evening of sparkling Christmas joy!

After the concert, be our guests for a “Homemade Sweets and Treats” reception hosted by our own Presbyterian Women in the Williams Center. The concert is free and open to the public; nursery is available for children 4 and under.

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 7:00 PM - Sanctuary

Christmas with The Kingston Trio
Thursday night, December 11, 2014
7:00pm in the Sanctuary
Tickets are $10.00 each and may be purchased online (see below) or in the Peachtree Bookstore or at the door.

Musical legend, THE KINGSTON TRIO, is booking more gigs than ever, a sign of the boomer generation’s return to acoustic music. Many people are not only returning to see their prized Trio, but are taking their children and grandchildren with them. As founding member Bob Shane put it, “There is a tremendous demand for our type of acoustic music, and not just from those who remember The Kingston Trio. All people want is for us to sing a song, tell a story, and make it good.”

Bob Shane, Nick Reynolds and Dave Guard formed the original Kingston Trio in 1957, while the three were attending college in the San Francisco area. Using only acoustic guitars and banjos, and singing simple yet memorable melodies, they revolutionized popular music, reawakening America to its own rich folk music heritage.

The Kingston Trio was the number one vocal group in the world, a musical and cultural phenomenon whose record sales and concert draws were matched only by The Beatles. In a feat yet to be surpassed, BILLBOARD magazine listed four Kingston Trio albums in their Top 10 at the same time. The group has also collected two Grammy awards and numerous gold records.

The Kingston Trio is a phenomenon unmatched by any other. They have appeared on countless variety shows and performed at some of the most famous venues in the country, including Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood bowl. Some of their instantly recognizable hits include: “Tom Dooley,” “MTA,” “Scotch and Soda” and “Tijuana Jail.”

The Kingston Trio’s trademark three-part harmony and clean, crisp sound keeps them touring 30 weeks out of the year. The Kingston Trio today consists of George Grove, Bill Zorn and Rick Dougherty. The Trio’s busy touring schedule has resulted in an increasing number of new fans, both young and old.

Join the Kingston Trio for a great Christmas celebration at Peachtree!

For more information, visit their web site at


Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 4:00 PM - Sanctuary

"AND A LITTLE CHILD SHALL LEAD THEM..." Let the children of Peachtree show you the way to the Christ Child, in this first Christmas Concert of the season. All of our children's ensembles will be featured:

Cherub Choir
Praise Singers
Kingdom Singers
Praise Ringers
Kingdom Ringers

This is a fun, festive family concert in the Sanctuary at 4:00pm, featuring music of Advent and Christmas. The concert is free and open to the public; nursery is available for children 3 and under.

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 7:30 PM - Kellett Chapel The Peachtree Music Ministry presents
ATL Symphony Musicians


Friday night, October 17, 2014
at 7:30pm

Tickets at the Door
$20.00 General Admission
$10.00 for Senior Adults
$5.00 for students

Tickets may be purchased in advance at Click the registration button to purchase tickets:

Intimate Conversations: Music in a Small Space is a concert dedicated exclusively to the art of chamber music, 'the music of friends'.

Goethe described a string quartet as 'four rational people conversing'. It is this 'conversational paradigm' which influenced the great Baroque, Classical and Romantic composers of chamber music, and is found in chamber works of the present day.

Musical parties for performing and listening to chamber music were often held in private homes, which offered far more pleasant performance environments (regular Sunday morning parties were given by the Mozart, and later, Mendelssohn families).

Small, appreciative audiences, comprised of close friends and relatives, would also include special guests, who were the best-known, most influential musicians of the day. Frederic Chopin, pathologically shy in large groups, had an active career performing salon recitals. Joseph Joachim and Clara Schumann debuted many of Robert Schumann's chamber works, on the same evening during which Liszt might elaborate on a Hungarian melody with three or four variations.

ATL Symphony Musicians Chamber Players have created a unique program to honor the art of 'the music of friends', featuring Baroque to comtemporary works, and hope you will join them in the intimate setting of Kellett Chapel.

Featured artists:
David Coucheron
Julie Coucheron
Christopher Rex
Brad Ritchie
Laura Ardan
Elisabeth Remy Johnson
Emily Brebach
Tim Whitehead
Todd Skitch
Anastasia Agapova
Cathy Lynn
Keith Buncke
Emily Brebach
and Peachtree's own Andrew Bayles

Works include:

-Handel/Halvorsen Passacaglia
-Henri Dutilleux Oboe Sonata
-Mendelssohn Piano Trio op. 66
-Jolivet Pastorales de Noel
-Schumann Piano Quartet op. 47
-Libby Larsen Barn Dances

For more information, contact the Peachtree Music Ministry at

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 4:00 PM - Kellett Chapel STEINWAY SOCIETY: COLLEGIATE SCHOLARSHIP RECITAL
Sunday, September 21 at 4:00pm (Kellett Chapel)
This concert is free and open to the public

Peachtree is delighted to host the annual Steinway Scholarship recital, in which the Steinway Society of Atlanta presents financial awards to four of Georgia’s collegiate piano students, who are the finalist/winners of the Steinway competition. These students represent the excellence of both individual passion and institutional vision. Join us for a remarkable afternoon of music, and stay for a reception to meet the artists!

YOUTHCUE ROUNDTABLE: Youth Choirs in the 21st Century
Monday, September 15, 2014 - 10:30 AM

Monday, September 15
ROOM 2202 on the Main Campus
Peachtree Presbyterian Church
3434 Roswell Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30305


Cost: $65.00

The Peachtree Music Ministry and the Atlanta Chapter of Choristers Guild are proud to host Randy Edwards, founder of YouthCUE, who will lead youth choir directors in a day of discussions about this crucial, beloved area of Music Ministry.

Roundtables are YouthCUE's annual training conferences for youth choir directors and church music students. Participants are given the opportunity to network with collegues, sharpen their skills, share valuable information, exchange ideas and techniques, and participate in clinician-led activities which are empowering and re-juvenating.

Cost & Registration

The 2014 Roundtables are limited to 20 participants per location, secured on a "first-come, first-served" basis. Participation Fee is $65 per participant.

What's Included:

-Free YouthCUE CUEweb membership
-Lunch & Dinner on the day of the Roundtable
-YouthCUE's best anthem packet
-Roundtable notebook
-All Roundtable activities, including sessions & features


10:30am Session One – "What Is It about Beauty?"
Noon Lunch provided
12:45pm Session Two – "Constructing a Foundation for Millennial Ministry"
1:45pm Session Three – "Model Ministries Analysis"
2:45pm Short break with drinks and snacks
3:00pm Session Four – Anthem Reading Session
4:15pm Session Five – "What YouthCUE can do for you, your students, your church, your community"
5:15pm Short break with drinks and snacks
5:30pm Student Roundtable led by Randy and observed by directors
6:15pm Session Six – Demonstration Rehearsal observed by directors
7:00pm Session Seven – Discussion continues over dinner, away from the church
8:30pm End – The Lord be with you.

Ready to register? Signing-up is easy and fast! Go to

For any questions, please contact YouthCUE or the Peachtree Music Ministry at

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 6:00 PM


Join us for our 2014-2015 Choir season, kicking off on Wednesday, August 20:

6:00pm Dinner in the Canyon of the Lodge
7-8:30pm Kick-off Rehearsal in the Choir room, 4403

All new choir members will be our guests for dinner, as we celebrate and dive into the new season of Music Ministry at Peachtree.

The Chancel Choir is the service choir for the Sunday morning Sanctuary services, and for other services and special programs throughout the year.

You do NOT need to be a professional singer, nor do you need to sing all 3 services! All you need is the desire to share your faith through musical leadership.
Childcare is available during all rehearsals. We rehearse each Wednesday evening, 6:45-8:30 p.m. in Room 4403, above the Peachtree Gym.

It's time for you to FIND YOUR PART in Music Ministry at Peachtree. To make a reservation for the August 20 dinner, contact Mary Hoffman, director of Music Ministries, at If you are unable to join us for dinner that night but still want to join the choir, contact Mary anyway!

Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 3:00 PM - Kellett Chapel

The students and faculty of Franklin Pond Chamber Music will present a chamber music concert, Saturday August 2 at 3:00pm in Kellett Chapel at Peachtree Presbyterian Church, with a reception to follow afterward. The concert is free and open to the public.

Franklin Pond is a summer chamber music program for dedicated, pre-college string players, designed to provide its students intense musical training through considerable personal attention from an outstanding professional faculty, who are all players with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Franklin Pond has some interesting twists this year……

The sixteen students of Franklin Pond started their summer study the beginning of July with a four day retreat at Berry College in Rome, Georgia. One group is playing a piano trio by Mozart and Klengel - - and this includes three VERY talented 5th and 6th graders!

Another piano trio will perform Beethoven, and the pianist, Matthew Pinder, will move to viola for their next piece, a Mozart Divertimento. Will Church, in the duo group, plays violin in four delightful Bartok duos, but decided to take up his viola to play Mozart.

The Gaggle Quartet, who adopted their name as the four girls flew around together having a marvelous time, has prepared movements from Haydn and Shostakovich. The cellist in our other quartet, playing Haydn and Ravel, just won the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Composition Competition and will have his piece played by the orchestra at all its young peoples’ concerts next year.

Two students, Nicholas and Emma, are the son and daughter of Franklin Pond coach and board member Jun-Ching Lin who is also Assistant Concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

The last piece on the program is a surprise. Come find out what it is. We guarantee you will LOVE it!

For more information go to or call 404-252-3479.

Please join us for this outstanding afternoon of music!

YOUNG ARTIST RECITAL: Drew Alexander Forde, Viola and Alice Hong, Violin
Sunday, June 15, 2014 - 4:00 PM - Kellett Chapel


Born in Atlanta, GA., Drew Alexander Forde has been playing the viola for nine years. He was selected to perform with the GMEA All-State Orchestra four times and sat as principal twice. Drew joined the prestigious Talent Development Program in the fall of 2006. It was here that he received scholarships for lessons and summer camps until he graduated in 2010. Since the first day of his freshman year in high school, Drew was the principal violist of his school orchestra. In his last year as principal, his orchestra performed in Carnegie Hall, where he led the viola section with multiple solos.

Drew was also a dedicated a member of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra (ASYO) for three years and was second chair and Co-Principal of the viola section in his last two years respectively. In the summer of 2009, Drew was interviewed by CNN’s Soledad O’Brien and featured in a trailer for CNN’s “Black in America 2.” In 2010, Drew was a panelist for the League of American Orchestras Conference in Atlanta. That same year, he won the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra’s Concerto competition and soloed with both the ASYO and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
Drew recently studied at the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University in Macon, GA. At Mercer, Drew was asked to perform the Mendelssohn Octet alongside the world-renowned St. Lawrence String Quartet, with great acclaim. While at Mercer, he studied with Mr. Dutton and Assistant Principal Violist of the Minnesota Orchestra, Rebecca Albers.

This coming fall, Drew will be the first-ever alumnus of the McDuffie Center to attend The Juilliard School in pursuit of his Masters Degree. He will be studying under the tutelage of Heidi Castleman and Hsin-Yun Huang.


Alice Hong is a violin performance graduate student at Rice University studying with Cho Liang Lin. She recently graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music studying with David Updegraff. Growing up,Alice spent a year at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, as well as soloed with and sat as concertmaster for the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. She has also performed with the Ludwig
Symphony Orchestra as a soloist, and has been concertmaster of several other orchestras including the orchestras of Colorado College Summer Music Festival, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Brevard Music Center.

Alice is an avid chamber musician, having performed alongside Frans Helmerson and Milhaela Martin as well as been coached by members of the Juilliard String Quartet, Cavani String Quartet, Miro String Quartet, Chiara String Quartet, and Cypress String Quartet. Others include Shmuel Ashkenazi, David and Philip Ying, Roger Tapping, Andrew Jennings, Peter Salaff, Nicholas Tzavaras, Frank Huang and Samuel Rhodes. She has participated in CIM’s Intensive Quartet Seminar for two semesters, and her quartets have received the honor of being the featured performers of several programs, of premiering several pieces, and of receiving a fellowship at St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar and University of Nebraska’s Chamber Music Institute. Alice was the first prize winner of CIM’s inaugural Carl E. Baldessere Competition for composer virtuosi, the recipient of CIM’s Academic Achievement Award, Brevard Music Center’s “Outstanding Musician” award and Second Place at the CIM’s Darius Milhaud Competition.

She has attended numerous summer festivals, including Kneisel Hall, Heifetz Institute of Music, Colorado College Summer Music Festival, and Bowdoin International Music Festival. She performed as the first violinist of the inaugural quartet of “Heifetz on Tour” and has performed her compositions in numerous venues, including the Kennedy Center of Performing Arts and the Czech Republic.

Alice is also a composition minor at the Cleveland Institute of Music studying with Jeremy Allen. She began composing at the age of nine, and her first orchestral piece was premiered at the age of 11 by the Ludwig Symphony Orchestra. Since then, she has had her music performed by members of the New York Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, and students at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She has received several recognitions for her compositions, including the ASCAP Foundation Young Composers Award in 2004 and 2005, as well as an Honorable Mention in 2006. Alice was the first place winner for CIM’s inaugural Carl E. Baldessere Competition for composer virtuosi for her piece "Alcyone" for violin and electronics. She was also awarded first prize and honorable mention at the Pike’s Peak Young Composer’s Competition, as well as local prizes including the Georgia Music Teacher Association’s Composer Competition. Her pieces have been performed throughout the United States as well as the Czech Republic and Hungary, and have been discussed in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Speller of Notes series. Her viola sonata was chosen as the commissioned piece for the 2014 Northern California Viola Society competition and was performed at the Primrose International Viola Competition by the violist of the Cypress Quartet, Ethan Filner. Her violin sonata, Phoenix, was performed by the composer herself at the Kennedy Center of Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

This Evening's Program:

Bruch - Romanze

Glazunov - Elegie

César Franck - Sonata in A Major for violin and piano
I. Allegretto ben moderato
II. Allegro
III. Recitativo - Fantasia. Ben moderato
IV. Allegretto poco mosso

Dmitri Shostakovich - Piano Quintet in G minor, op. 57
I. Prelude: Lento
II. Fugue: Adagio
III. Scherzo: Allegretto

Sunday, June 8, 2014 - 4:00 PM - Sanctuary

The Music Ministry of Peachtree Presbyterian Church


An American Pops Concert
Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 4:00 pm in Sanctuary


The Combined Choirs and Handbells
St. Paul’s Episcopal and Peachtree Presbyterian Churches

Mary Hoffman, Trey Clegg, Chris Barry, Heather Ellison, Conductors
Nicholas Bowden, Organ
Andy Bayles, piano

Special Guests:
• The St. Paul’s Jazz Trio
• Larry Jackson, saxophone
• Ingrid Cole, mezzo-soprano
• Ann Marie McPhail, soprano
• Persis Bristol, mezzo-soprano
• Jayme Alilaw, soprano
• Andrew Koonce, violin
• Asia Charles, violin
• Yannie Tan, Piano

Join us for our 6th annual summer Pops event, this year featuring some of the most exciting Gospel, spiritual and Broadway music for a grand choir and soloists. (NOTE THE CHANGE IN CONCERT TIME, different from previous years.) After the concert join us for Ice Cream on the front lawn!

Peachtree Presbyterian Church
3434 Roswell Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30305

Nursery available for children 5 and under
An free-will offering will be taken to support Peachtree’s Music Ministry

For more information, contact the Peachtree Music Ministry at

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 7:30 PM - Kellett Chapel

Originally from Gainesville, pianist Kunal Lahiry made his orchestral debut at the age of 17 with the Gainesville Symphony Orchestra. Since then, he has won several competitions and has been a recipient of many scholarships, such as the Georgia Music Teacher's Association (GMTA) Piano Competition, Atlanta Music Club Scholarship, Kiwanis Scholarship, and most recently the Brevard Music Center Piano competition. He was a featured artist on the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra's 2014 Reunion Concert here in Kellett Chapel.

Mr. Lahiry has been chosen to perform in master classes by renowned musicians Claude Frank, Gilbert Kalish, Walter Hautzig, André LaPlante, Christopher Elton, and Murray Perahia, among others. Recently, Mr. Lahiry graduated from McGill University's Schulich School of Music in Montréal, Quebec under the tutelage of Kyoko Hashimoto, where he was a recipient of the 'Schulich Scholar' scholarship.

Since January, Mr. Lahiry has been a member of the Center for Musical Excellence in New York City.

Tonight's Program:

J.S Bach - Partita No. 2 in c minor, BWV 826
Sofia Gubaidulina - Chaconne (1962)
Sergei Rachmaninoff:
Etudes - Tableaux Op. 39 No. 5 in e-flat minor
Moments Musicaux, op. 16
No. 3 in b minor
No. 4 in e minor
Ludwig van Beethoven - Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110

Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 7:30 PM - Kellett Chapel

The Music Ministry of Peachtree Presbyterian Church



Thursday night, May 22 at 7:30pm in Kellett Chapel

Elizabeth Claxton Castillo, soprano
Clay Hilley, tenor
Geoffrey Duce, pianist

Soprano Elizabeth Claxton Castillo is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London. She was a featured soloist during her undergraduate years performing Brahms’ Requiem and Carmina Burana across Spain and France. Her most recent concert performances include Rutter’s Magnificat in Spivey Hall, Haydn’s Creation here at Peachtree Presbyterian Church, the Brahms Requiem again at Spivey Hall, Vivaldi Gloria, Messiah, Shastakovich’s Seven Poems of Alexander Blok for Piano Trio and voice Opus 127 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Gerhilda in Die Walküre with The London Philharmonic, Elijah, Coronation Ode, Petite Messe Solennelle, Verdi Requiem and A Sea Symphony.

Elizabeth was winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Georgia (2008) Florida (2006) District Auditions, she was also awarded Honorable Mention in the Singer of the Year competition in Shreveport 2008, and was a finalist in Palm Beach 2007.

Just recently Elizabeth has been seen as Sharon in the Tony Award winning play The Master Class by Terrence McNally with The Stagedoor Players, Valencienne in St. Petersberg Opera’s The Merry Widow, Praskowia for Opera New Jersey along with covering Violetta in their 2008 season. She has also been seen as Musetta in La Boheme and Adele in Die Fldermaus with St. Petersberg Opera Company. Other roles include Donna Anna in Don Giovanni (London), Clarice in the Royal Academy Opera’s Il Mondo della Luna, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus with the Brevard Music Festival, and Zerlina in Don Giovanni with the Rome Festival.

Elizabeth has been performing with The Atlanta Opera’s tours of The Pirates of Penzance and Rabbit Tales. Last year she debuted the role of Winnie Verloc in the World Premiere, The Secret Agent - music by local composer,Curtis Bryant with Capitol City Opera. This July she will be singing in Robbiate, Italy to perform the Brahms Requiem and Elijah solos with the First Annual Bassi Brugnatelli Conductors Symposium. Elizabeth will then be returning with Capitol City Opera to sing the title role of The Merry Widow, Hanna Glawari, this September. She will be also be singing the International and American premiere of the work “The Divine Siren” composed by Dr. John Ratledge in the Fall in and June of 2015 at Castle San Salvatore in Susegana, Italy.

With a voice praised for both its lyrical and dramatic characteristics, tenor Clay Hilley has become a bright young talent on the American opera scene. His vocal talents and stage skill have earned him an impressive regional career, being engaged and re-engaged with American companies coast-to-coast.

Clay's 2014-2015 season will feature his return to Madison Opera in the heldentenor role of Florestan in Beethoven's Fidelio. He will also debut with Opera Columbus as Canio in I pagliacci. He will also sing the title role in Siegfried this summer (2014) with the Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis.

The 2013-2014 season featured Clay's role debut as Radames in Aïda with the Bob Jones University Opera Association. He returned to Carnegie Hall with the American Symphony Orchestra to sing Schweiker von Gundelfingen in Richard Strauss's rarely-performed dark comedy, Feuersnot. He sang the title role in Gounod's Faust, with Winter Opera St. Louis; Peter Quint, in The Turn of the Screw with Pacific Opera Project; and Father Grenville in Heggie's Dead Man Walking with Madison Opera. He also covered Cavaradossi for Atlanta Opera's Tosca.

In the 2012-2013 season, the Glimmerglass Festival brought Clay back to cover both tenor roles in Der Fliegende Holl?nder, Erik and the Steuermann. In January of 2013 he was asked on two days' notice to sing Siegmund in North Carolina Opera's concert presentation of Die Walküre. Other highlights from the 2012-2013 season were two role debuts: Rodolfo in La bohème, and Manrico in Il trovatore. Clay also debuted at Lincoln Center as the tenor soloist for Verdi's Requiem.

A versatile performer, Mr. Hilley's repertoire includes a great number of concert credits. Audiences have heard him as tenor soloist for Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, Britten's Canticle Number II: Abraham and Isaac, Handel's Messiah, Haydn's Creation, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Mozart's Requiem and Coronation Mass, Janacek's Diary of One Who Vanished, Mahler's Symphony No. 8, Tippett's A Child of Our Time.

Pianist Geoffrey Duce has performed in New York’s Carnegie Hall, Berlin’s Philharmonie and Konzerthaus, London’s Wigmore Hall, Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall and Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall.

Geoffrey’s career has featured both solo and collaborative performances. As a concerto soloist he has appeared with the Sinfonie Orchester Berlin, the Chattanooga and Olympia Symphony Orchestras, the Edinburgh Philharmonic and the New York Sinfonietta, and as a chamber musician and accompanist he has recorded for BBC Radio 3. He won the Young Artists Award from the National Federation of Music Societies, and was awarded the Prix de Piano at the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France. He has given masterclasses at colleges and music schools, including at Hawaii University, St. Thomas University in New Brunswick, Canada, Shorter and Darton Colleges in Georgia, USA, at the Academy of Music Northwest in Seattle, and in the Middle East.

Originally from Scotland, Geoffrey initially studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and Manchester University before receiving a DAAD scholarship to the Universität der Künste, Berlin. He received his doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music, New York, where he was also a faculty member, and has also taught at SUNY (State University of New York). For the last two years he has been Assistant Professor of Music at Indiana University South Bend, and in August will begin serving as Artist/Teacher of Piano at Illinois State University.

Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 8:45 AM - Sanctuary

Sunday, April 20

Easter services:
8:45, 10:00 and 11:15 in the Sanctuary
8:45 and 11:15 in the Summit

He is risen - - he is risen, indeed! Join us for one of our 3 Sanctuary or 2 Summit services.

Our Chancel Choir and full brass/percussion/organ will lead the Sanctuary worship services with traditional Easter hymns and anthems. Come celebrate!

COMMUNITY GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE: Hosted by Second Ponce Baptist Church
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 12:00 PM

Community Good Friday Service
Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church
2715 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

The Buckhead community will worship together, observing the sacrifice of our Lord on Good Friday. Dr. Mark Willbanks, Pastor of the Wieuca Road Baptist Church will preach.

MAUNDY THURSDAY SERVICE: Requiem by Gabriel Fauré
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 7:00 PM - Sanctuary

April 17 at 7:00-8:30 PM

The “via dolorosa” - - the way of sorrow, walked by our Lord - - is heard in scripture and song. We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper and observe a Service of Tenebrae, the extinguishing of the lights as we come closer to the cross. The Chancel Choir will perform the beautiful “Requiem” by Gabriel Fauré, with orchestra and soloists.

Children's Holy Week Musical: "COME, MESSIAH, COME"
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 6:00 PM - Sanctuary

by John Cowan
Wednesday, April 16
6:00pm in the Sanctuary

Our 1st-6th graders will perform “Come, Messiah, Come”. The musical follows the lives of a group of orphans and their house mother who desire to meet the Messiah. Can it be Jesus? They wonder. Join them as they seek out Jesus and experience His Passion and His Triumphal Resurrection.

Our Cherub Choir and young ringers will begin the Concert.

ART SHOW at PEACHTREE: "Images of the Cross"
Monday, March 24, 2014



This year, local artisans have the opportunity to display their inspired creations during the upcoming “Crux: Images of the Cross” Art Show. Occurring from April 13 through May 31st, the exhibition will be hosted by Peachtree Presbyterian Church located at 3434 Roswell Road NW in Atlanta’s Buckhead area.

The art show’s theme will correspond with a sermon series to be presented by Senior Pastor Vic Pentz during the Lenten Season and Holy Week, March 9 – April 20, 2014.

Artwork submission details are as follows:
• Only two dimensional media will be accepted and up to four pieces of artwork may be submitted for consideration as part of the exhibit.
• Forward a high resolution photograph of each proposed entry, along with the dimensions, media description, commentary and short artist bio, to by no later than Monday, March, 24th.
• This event will be a juried show. Once the field of exhibiting artwork has been determined, all submitting artists will be notified of the jury’s decision.
• Once selected, accepted artwork must be delivered to Peachtree Presbyterian Church no later than Monday, April 7, at 5:00pm.
• All exhibited artwork will be insured by Peachtree Presbyterian Church.
• Paintings need not be framed.

All artwork will be displayed according to a “Stations of the Cross” theme.

The exhibition will be open to the public and take place in The Passage and other areas of the church.

Peachtree Presbyterian Church will not be acting as an agent in the sale of the exhibited pieces. A corresponding Exhibition Booklet will be published by the church featuring a description of each presented piece of artwork and applicable artist’s contact information.

Interested participating artists should contact Mary Hoffman, Director of Music Ministries, via e-mail at or by calling (404) 842-5814.

For additional information pertaining to this and future events at Peachtree Presbyterian Church, please visit

Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 4:00 PM - Kellett Chapel

The Music Ministry of
Peachtree Presbyterian Church


Sunday, March 9
4:00pm in Kellett Chapel
Tickets are $20.00/10.00 students at the door, cash or check

Peachtree is delighted once again to host the Georgian Chamber Players in a concert titled “International Sensations”:

• BEETHOVEN String Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3
• PIAZZOLLA Five Tango Sensations
• SCHOENFIELD Café Music for Piano Trio

The artists are well-known to Atlanta audiences:

• David Coucheron, violin
• Amy Moretti, violin
• Reid Harris, viola
• Christopher Rex, cello
• Elizabeth Pridgen, piano
• Julie Coucheron, piano

Please join us for an afternoon of gorgeous chamber music! For more information, contact the Peachtree Music Ministry at

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 7:00 PM - Sanctuary The season of Lent begins with a night of reflection, confession, and the imposition of ashes. Our Chancel Choir and Celebration Ringers will lead the music in this beautiful service of worship.

Friday, February 28, 2014 - Sanctuary

The Music Ministry
Peachtree Presbyterian Church


Music for Organ, brass and percussion
featuring the Peachtree Chancel Choir

Friday, February 28, 2014
Suggested donation $10.00 at the door

This will be a remarkable concert featuring a remarkable young organist! Simon Johnson is the Organist & Assistant Director of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, where he presides over the five-manual Willis/Mander organ, one of the finest musical instruments in the world. This concert will feature Simon’s most recent composition, “Gloria”, for choir, organ, brass and percussion, commissioned by the Peachtree Church to commemorate the 20 year anniversary of Nicholas Bowden as our Principal organist.


“A brilliant and sensitive musician…achieving greatness through his calm demeanor” (Gramophone), Simon’s work as a soloist, accompanist, improviser, choir director, composer, editor and arranger makes him one of the most versatile church musicians working today and this has led to a series of appointments. He held organ scholarships at Rochester, Norwich and St Paul’s Cathedrals, before becoming Director of Music at All Saints’ Church, Northampton and then Assistant Master of Music and Director of the Abbey Girls’ Choir at St Albans Cathedral. He took up his present position in 2008.

In addition to the daily round of services at St Paul’s, Simon also plays for all the important national services and events that take place there, most recently at the funeral service of former Prime Minister, the Baroness Margaret Thatcher. Last year Simon played for the national service of thanksgiving to celebrate the diamond jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen, for which he also arranged some of the music.

Simon has worked as soloist and continuo player with the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Mozart Players, City of London Sinfonia, London Baroque and The Cardinall’s Musick.

Most recently, Simon has made a DVD (posted on YouTube) about the St Paul’s Organ, in which one can “appreciate Johnson’s musical sensitivity, and deceptively easy fluency in even the most hair-raising of repertoire” (Choir and Organ):

A recitalist all over the world, Simon has recently premiered a new piece for organ by Peter Maxwell Davies as part of the City of London Festival and another by Robert Walker for the Festival of St Cecilia in Westminster Abbey.

For more information, contact the Peachtree Music Ministry at 404-842-5846 or

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 7:00 PM


294 Peyton Rd SW, Atlanta, GA 30311

Concert is Free and open to the Public

The PEACHTREE CHANCEL CHOIR moves out of the choir loft on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22, to perform with the choir of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, in a dynamic night celebrating choral legacy and artistry.

The combined choirs of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and Peachtree Presbyterian Church, will present some of the most beloved spirituals and gospel music ever written, from composers such as Moses Hogan, William Dawson, Wendell Whalum and Jester Hairston.

Joined by some of the finest soloists in the city, this concert will take the roof off the steeple:

• Jayme Alilaw, soprano
• Nathan Munson, tenor
• Paulette Smith-Epps, soprano
• Pamela Dillard, soprano
• Persis Bristol, soprano

Music directors Trey Clegg and Mary Hoffman will lead the combined choirs.

For more information, contact the Peachtree Music Ministry at or the St. Paul’s Music Ministry at

Friday, January 3, 2014 - 7:30 PM - Kellett Chapel The Music Ministry of Peachtree Presbyterian Church


in honor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra


This concert is free and open to the public.

Twenty-one alumni of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra pay tribute to their beloved mentors of the ASO, with a concert of favorite chamber music, this Friday night at 7:30pm in Peachtree’s Kellett Chapel. These amazing young musicians are currently working on degrees in music performance from such prestigious institutions as Julliard, Eastman, Northwestern, the Cleveland Institute, the University of Virginia, Brown and Indiana University. They will play works by Nielson, Schoenberg, Brahms, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky.

Last year, this event had the highest attendance of any 2013 Kellett concert. The buzz is REAL! Ring in the new year with an outstanding evening of music!