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Music ministry looks very different right now during the COVID-19 pandemic, but we are still finding ways to make a joyful noise for the Lord!! Our musical groups are finding ways to produce recordings for worship services that can include many folks while being produced in safe, responsible ways. These songs are included in weekly worship services and afterwards are available for replay on YouTube.

Highland Music on YouTube

From Darkness to Hope: A Musical Journey

All are invited for a concert in Highland's sanctuary on at 3 PM on Sunday, August 8. The performance will include a wide variety of ensembles across the Highland music ministry and will feature a mix of live and pre-recorded performances, safely allowing larger groups to participate. You can attend in person or watch the concert on Highland's live-stream.

Find a way to participate!

If you sing, play an instrument, or enjoy making music in any way, we would love for your to join our music ministry.  Please reach out to Music Director Kevin Quick (kevin@highlandumc.org) or if you are particularly interested in our contemporary service praise band contact Worship Leader Paul Reece (paul@highlandumc.org).

Highland Choir

Before the pandemic, the Highland Choir provided music each week for the 8:30 and 11:00 traditional services, performing a variety of styles ranging from spirituals to classical masterworks, sometimes with guest orchestral musicians. We rehearsed at 7:30 PM every Thursday evening.

Connection Praise Band

Before the pandemic, our Praise Band led music at our 10:30 AM contemporary service, The Connection, in Bradley Hall.  Members of the band still provide a song each week for our live-streamed services, either with those who are able to be present in person or through a group recording.


Our HUMRingers handbell choir plays five and a half octaves of Malmark handbells and five octaves of Malmark handchimes, regularly offering their gifts about once a month in our worship services when we are able to gather in-person.

Highland Orchestra

Formerly known as the Highland Winds, this ensemble of youth and adults combines brass, woodwinds, and strings and provides instrumental music approximately five times a year, sometimes accompanying singing groups. Some instrumentalists also play each Sunday morning along with the hymns, when worshiping in person.

Children's Choirs

Our children’s choirs will also return after this quarantine, both our preschool and elementary-aged choirs. Rehearsal time is TBD, but the children often sing and play Orff instruments, such as xylophones and metallophones.

Youth Music

Our youth group’s music has gone through some changes from previous years. We look forward to having our praise band back to lead our youth group in their weekly gathering, which will have guitars, percussion, keyboards, and a team of singers. This music group’s direction will be youth-led with some adult support. If you would like to play an instrument (guitars, drums, flute, trumpet, etc.), sing, or learn how to work some tech, contact Adam Mottershead (acmottershead1@catamount.wcu.edu), Director of Music Kevin Quick (kevin@highlandumc.org), or Youth Director Neil Smith (neil@highlandumc.org).