Music Ministry

One of the mandates of our faith calls us to worship God. Music is a vital part of worship and ministry in the life of Second Baptist Church. As we lift our praises, we are inspired to carry our faith into our daily ministries. To fulfill our commission of bringing music to the hearts of all at Second Baptist Church, we offer many venues for participation.

Children’s Choirs

See our Children’s Music Ministry below for information on musical training for children ages preschool through fifth grade.

Youth Choirs

Our young people become part of the Youth Ministry as they move to the Middle School, which usually happens in the sixth grade. At this age, they move into the Youth Choir, building upon and further developing their part-singing skills that began in children’s choirs. In the Youth Choir, they continue to participate in worship and sometimes take part in Dessert Theater productions. Part of our experiences have taken the Senior High Choir on a mission trip, singing in churches and assisting with mission work.

Adult Choirs

The Sanctuary Choir takes primary responsibility for providing music for 11:00 a.m. worship. Additionally, performances have taken us to present Christmas Concerts at Bruton Parish in Williamsburg, as well as presenting Christmas and other seasonal concerts here at the church. In some years, a Christmas Dinner Theater has been a part of the performance calendar. Membership is open throughout the year.


How fortunate we are to have so many talented individuals, helping us to provide music in worship. Organized select ensembles include, CHORALE (adult), ONE SPIRIT (high school girls), BRETHREN (high school boys) a Women’s Trio and a Women’s Ensemble. Seasonally, an emphasis is made to utilize the talents of our college students. Traditionally, they sing for the 11:00 p.m. Candlelight service on Christmas eve and in worship during the summer.



A fully graded handbell choir ministry enables us to augment our music in worship. Training is available beginning with the Chime Choir and continues with CHAPEL BELLS, YOUTH BELLS and two adult groups, the SECOND BELLS and the VESPER BELLS. Generally, membership is open during the fall for children and youth. Adult groups have openings from time to time as space allows.  If you are interested, please contact Taylor Vancil, Minister of Music and Worship.


Children’s Music Ministry

Children’s Choirs

For children, as early as infants, Second Baptist Church provides a place for them to begin their musical training in Wee Praise. For children, preschool through grade five, that opportunity takes place on Wednesday evenings from 6:20 through 6:55 p.m. To further develop sight-reading skills, third grade children may take advantage of a Chime Choir and fourth and fifth grade children can be a part of the CHAPEL Handbell Choir, all meeting at 5:15 p.m. on Wednesdays.  If you are interested in having your child take part, please contact Wanda Kensinger at for details.

Fine Arts Academy

Due to the ongoing pandemic, all Fine Arts Academy is on hold.

Lessons and Scheduling:

Lessons with private instructors are available in the areas of piano, violin, and voice through the church.

Qualified Christian professional instructors on the premises of Second Baptist Church will teach all Academy lessons.  Piano, guitar and violin lessons are taught in 30 and 45 minute blocks.  All lessons are offered Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. During the enrollment period, students will be assigned an instructor, lesson day, time and location. Every effort will be made to accommodate requests. Once a lesson time is determined, the student will be contacted to confirm participation and other specifics.

Piano & Violin Lessons:

The Suzuki Method

“Every Child Can Learn”

Over fifty years ago, Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki was struck by the fact that children the world over learn to speak their native language with ease. He began to use these basic principles of language development to the learning of music, and called his method the mother-tongue approach. The ideas of parent responsibility, loving encouragement, constant repetition, etc., are some of the special features of the Suzuki approach. Click here to learn more. 


To begin the enrollment process, students should contact Taylor Vancil, Minister of Music and Worship here.

Instrument Policy:

Students are responsible for providing their own instruments (except piano) and should be able to practice on instruments that facilitate progress. The director and instructors will be glad to recommend dealers for new, used or rental instruments. See our list of music rental Vendors.

Additional Information:

Fine Arts Academy Inclement Weather:  In the case of inclement weather, it is the responsibility of the student to contact his/her instructor to see if the scheduled lesson(s) will occur. This holds true even if area schools are closed for the day(s) in question. Under this circumstance, it is the responsibility of each instructor and student to determine if missed lesson(s) will be rescheduled at a later date.