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The music program is an integral part of Westminster. Its primary purpose is to enhance the worship experience through inspiring and artistic expression of service and praise to God. Examples of our ministries include:
Our five singing choirs and three handbell choirs. Anyone who wishes to learn, to grow, and to serve can find a place in the music program here. 
MADD Days at Westminster, a Christian music, art, dance, and drama day camp for children and youth from the Miami Valley and beyond.
Meditative Taizé Services of songs and prayers in candlelight.
Special events such as noonday concerts, choral vespers, recitals, etc.

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Choir Schedules

Westminster Choir Schedule

Knox Choir - Knox Ringer  Schedule

Children's Schedule

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Choirs

Westminster Choir (Adults)

Thursdays, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m., Choir Room
John Neely, Director

Knox Choir (Grades 7-12)

Sundays, 5:00-6:00 p.m., Choir Room
John Neely, Director
Supper and Youth Fellowships follow.

Calvin Choir (Grades 3-6)

Sundays, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Choir Room
John Neely, Director

Cherub Choir (Grades K-2)

Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Theater
Rachael Boezi, Director

Genesis Singers (Pre-K, ages 4 and 5)

Sundays, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Room 104
Holly Martin, Director

Knox Ringers (Grades 7-12)

Sundays, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Room 301
Brent Manley, Director

Carillon Bells (Beginning Adults)

Thursdays, 6:15-7:15 p.m., Room 301
Gideon Brenner, Director

Westminster Ringers (Adults)

Thursdays, 6:15-7:15 p.m., Room 203
Brent Manley, Director

Knox Ringers (grades 7-12)

Sundays, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Brent Manley, Director

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Music Events

ORGAN RECITAL BY JOSHUA STAFFORD

Sunday, October 13, 4:00 p.m.

  • First prize, 2016 Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition

  • Minister of Music at First Congregational Church, Columbus

  • Director of Sacred Music at the Chautauqua Institution, New York.

The Annual Memorial Organ Recital 

Open to the public without charge

CHORAL VESPERS

Sunday, November 17, 4:00 p.m.

Westminster Choir with Organ


Handbell Music by the Westminster Ringers

Freewill Offering
5:15 p.m. - Harvest Dinner -Reservations Required

DAYTON GAY MEN’S CHORUS CONCERT

Saturday, December 7, 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Kathy Clark, Artistic Director

Members of The Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus are committed to living their mission by challenging themselves to continually reach for excellence in choral music.

For ticket information visit www.daytongaymenschorus.org.

ADVENT DINNER, CHORAL PROGRAM

Sunday, December 8

5:00 p.m. – Potluck Dinner
5:45 p.m. – Informal Choral Program Genesis Singers, Cherub, Calvin, and Knox Choirs

SERVICE OF LESSONS AND CAROLS

Sunday, December 15, 10:00 a.m.

All choirs participating.

NOONDAY CAROL SING

Friday, December 20

12:00 Noon—Handbell Music-Westminster Ringers
12:10-12:40 p.m. – Carol singing by all and choral music by the Vocal Ensemble of Xenia High School - Travis Matson, Director
Lunch Follows

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES

Tuesday, December 24

4:00 p.m. – Christmas in the Stable

               Family Oriented Service

              Genesis Singers, Cherub, and Calvin Choirs


9:20 p.m. - Prelude

10:00 p.m. – Christmas in the Cathedral

            Traditional Candlelight Service

            Westminster Choir, Knox Ringers

PRESBYTERIAN HERITAGE SUNDAY

Sunday, January 26, 10:00 a.m.

With the Miami Valley Pipes and Drums

LENTEN CHORAL VESPERS

Sunday, March 16, 4:00 p.m.

Westminster Choir with Organ

Handbell Music by the Westminster Ringers


Freewill Offering

5:15 p.m. - Fellowship Dinner Reservations Required

EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 20

Identical Services – 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.

Westminster Choir, Oakwood Brass with percussion

NOONDAY ORGAN RECITALS

Four Thursdays in May, 12:10-12:35 p.m.

May 1 – John Sherer

May 8 – Gideon Brenner

May 15 – Priscilla Acuff

May 22 – Laura Bottei


Lunch follows each recital. $7.00

KNOX CHOIR SEND-OFF CONCERT

Sunday June 8, 11:30 a.m.

A farewell concert as the Knox Choir (grades 7-12) prepares to leave for a ten-day concert tour of the mid-Atlantic.

CONCERT BY THE RIVER’S EDGE BRASS BAND WITH ORGAN

Sunday, June 8, 4:00 p.m.

John Neely, Organist

 Based in Cincinnati, The River’s Edge Brass Band has gained an enviable reputation as a highly skilled, exciting ensemble. Included in the program will an arrangement of

Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 3, commonly known as the Organ Symphony.

Freewill offering

MADD DAYS AT WESTMINSTER 2025

​July 21-25, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Music, Art, Dance, Drama Day Camp
Grades 3-8 (as of fall 2025)
Choir, Handbells, Orff Instruments, Dance, Drama

Carillon Music

Fridays 12:00 noon and 5:00 p.m.



*Reservations necessary for some events Contact Church Office (937-223-7285) For organ recitals, the organ console will be visible by way of a large-screen projection system. Please check Westminster’s website for updates and additional information regarding the music calendar.

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About Our Organ

The Casavant Organ (opus 2670), dedicated in January 1963, was custom designed and built to meet the acoustical and musical requirements of Westminster Church. The organ is really two organs: a Chancel Organ located at the front of the Sanctuary, and a Gallery-Celestial Organ located in the balcony. Each has its own console. Together these organs have over 7,000 pipes arranged in 122 ranks. Every pipe, including those visible from the pews, is a speaking pipe.

Numerous additions and upgrades have taken place over the history of the organ. Lawrence Stofer is responsible for extensive renovations including new pipework and revoicing. During the summer of 2002, a new console was custom built and installed with state-of-the-art technology by the Walker Technical Company of Zionsville, Pennsylvania. In 2007, a Celestial Division, given in memory of Beatrice Jackson, organist at Clough United Methodist Church in Cincinnati for 65 years, was a gift of her brother and sister-in-law, Ray and Sue Merz. In February 2010, a memorial gift from the family and friends of John Bindeman was given for the installation of a Carillon in the Sanctuary. John (Jack) Bindeman was a longtime, dedicated member of the Westminster Choir. With additional gifts given in memory of numerous individuals, the Carillon was configured to sound outdoors through an opening high in the northeast corner of the building. Currently the organ is undergoing restoration by Hunt-Krewson Pipe Organ Services of Dayton.

  Click here for organ specifications.

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