Music Ministry

We Love to Sing

During the fall/winter/spring season, Sanctuary Choir sings 2 – 3 Sundays per month, Gospel Choir sings on the third Sunday of the month. Rehearsals for both choirs are at 9:00 AM on Sunday morning, prior to worship.  We also welcome soloists, ensembles and visiting musicians.


The Sanctuary Choir’s repertoire is varied and includes anthems from the 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, spirituals, settings of hymns and contemporary worship music. Often the singers enjoy being accompanied by instrumentalists.


Park Hill Church has an active Gospel Choir which sings all year long.  The choir’s repertoire extends from traditional Gospel to contemporary praise songs.  The Choir is accompanied by the Gospel Band. The Park Hill Gospel Band usually has from 6 - 10 players – both acoustic and electronic instruments.  The band rehearses on Sundays at 8:00 AM. prior to worship.  Besides accompanying the choir, the Band plays all service music.  The Gospel Band also plays in the community.


 Both the Sanctuary and Gospel Choirs are open to adults and teens of all musical abilities.  The choir accepts new singers throughout the year.

We Love to Play Instruments

The Music Ministry at Park Hill Church provides music of all styles.  Numerous instrumental combinations are used during the worship.  The instrumental program is year-round.  The PHCC Wind Ensemble – a group of wind musicians plays many Sundays. Other instrumental groups play during the year.


Handbells are also used during worship. There are opportunities for both adults and children/youth to ring.  One of our youth, Ruth Gamble is assistant director and Pam Hennessey is our Hand Bell Coordinator

Into the Community We Go!

Our Music Ministry enjoys reaching out to the community.  We have long-standing relationships with the Denver Inner City Parish and Morningstar Dayton Place.  We take musical/worship services and enjoy the fellowship of these evenings.  More about our MS Walk Team below.

FOR MORE INFORMATION on the Park Hill Music Ministry, contact:
Billie Busby Smith, M.Mus., Director of Music Ministries/Organist

The Park Hill Organ


The 22 rank instrument built by the Reuter Organ Company of Lawrence, Kansas was originally installed in 1955. The instrument was intended by Reuter to be a prototype and model for its flagship, landmark instrument designed for Whatley Chapel at the former Colorado Women’s’ College, which was installed in phases during the early 1960s. The Great division of the PHCC organ was completed in 1964 with an addition of 6 ranks; the swell division was completed in 1969 with the addition of 4 ranks; while the pedal division was completed in 1985 with the addition of the 16 foot reed.


The organ, which is located in the sanctuary gallery of the Park Hill Congregational Church is considered by organists to be an excellent example of regional organ building.  As such, it has been used in recitals for the American Guild of Organists and the Colorado Symphony Guild, Inc.


Based on its superior acoustics and location in the Metro Denver area, the Park Hill space is used by numerous community arts organizations and individuals for performances.  Among these groups are Bennie Williams Spiritual Voices, The Spirituals Project, various GALA choruses, the Rocky Mountain Children’s Chorale, Grand Design Chorale and the Park Hill Brass.

Walk MS

It’s official!  We have an MS Walk Team for 2019 all registered and ready to start adding members.  This is the thirteenth year for the PHCC Wind Ensemble team.  We were recently notified that we are the NUMBER ONE fundraiser in the Colorado and Wyoming MS Walks!! Not only does our team have a wonderful record of fundraising for this important cause, we share a common goal of defeating MS – once and for all.  We also enjoy the fellowship of sharing this common goal.  The Walk Day is full of joy and purpose – a chance to learn about MS and the new advances in its treatment and hang out and walk with lots of great folks!  


WHEN:    First Saturday in May

WHERE: City Park

WHY:  Your support is driving progress!  As the largest private funder of MS research world-wide, the National MS Society has funded research that paved the way for all existing therapies to treat MS – none of which existed 20 years ago.  There are more than a dozen treatments for relapsing remitting MS, and half of them have been approved in just the last 6 years.  The hope – and potential - for new, more effective treatments for MS has never been greater.  While the cause of MS is still unknown, scientists are identifying risk factors that increase a person’s susceptibility to MS, which will lead to disease prevention. 



Register for the walk, make a donation, volunteer or just hang out!!


To register for the team or donate, contact Billie Busby Smith

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