The Ministry of Music at Second Presbyterian Church is about leading the congregation in song and hymns, responses and liturgy, as choirs and congregation give musical wings to the Gospel. The Music Ministry is rooted in the vast treasury of old and new sacred art repertoire that unites strong, God-centered texts with well-crafted music. The Music Ministry is an integral part of the congregation's worship life and witness in downtown Richmond and beyond.
Everyone who reads music and enjoys singing is welcome at Chancel Choir.
Sings at 11:00 am worship services, September through June. Rehearses Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:15 pm; and Sunday mornings, 10:00 to 10:45 am
- Led by Jeff Riehl - firstname.lastname@example.org
- For senior high and adults with music reading skills
- Plays for 11:00 am worship services
- Rehearsals: Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 pm in the sanctuary
- Led by Michael Simpson - email@example.com
The OrgansThe organ in the sanctuary was built by the Noack Organ Company of Georgetown, Massachusetts, and installed in 1996. It has two manuals and pedals, tracker action, and thirty stops. For full information and photograph, see Noack Organ and click on Opus 130.
The organ in the Chapel was built by the Von Beckerath Orgelbau of Hamburg, Germany, and installed in 1974. It has one manual and pedals, tracker action, and five stops, divided at middle C-C-sharp.
Jeffrey Riehl, Director of Music
Jeff was appointed Director of Music at Second Presbyterian Church in the summer of 1999. He leads the Adult Choir and oversees the church's various music ministries. Additionally, he is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Richmond, where he has taught since 1995. Jeff earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting at the Eastman School of Music where he was a conducting Fellow and received the Walter Hagan Conducting Award, the Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting at Westminster Choir College, and the Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education at Lebanon Valley College of Pennsylvania. He is also an active solo singer and choral clinician.
Michael Simpson, Organist
Michael Simpson joined the SPC staff as the Organist and Handbell Director in September 2011. Michael is a Richmond native who attended the University of Richmond, from which he earned the BA degree with honors in music.
Michael was Organist and Minister of Music at Ginter Park Baptist Church for thirty-six years before being appointed Associate Director of Music at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in 2006. In addition to his work in the church, Michael is Accompanist and Associate Conductor of the Richmond Symphony Chorus and is the Conductor of the Richmond Renaissance Singers. He was an adjunct faculty member at Virginia State University and the University of Richmond and worked part-time as an organ technician for the Lewis & Hitchcock Pipe Organ Company.