Music has always gone hand-in-hand with Christian worship, and is brought to fruition here at CPC by the extraordinary gifts and talents of our members. We are blessed to have many opportunities for people to participate actively, or simply enjoy the rich musical heritage of the church.

Please contact Ed Alstrom, our Organist/Music Program Coordinator, to see how you can be a part of this exciting and meaningful ministry, either by phone at the office (973-744-5340) or via e-mail (

Music is vital to our worship experience here at CPC. 

We invite you to join us as we lift our voices and instruments to God each week in joyful song!

Singers and Instrumentalists

Singers are welcome to join our Chancel Choir, which leads worship most every Sunday.   Instrumentalists are always needed to help worship on a regular basis, and for special worship services and concerts.  Please let us know if you would like to use your creative singing or 'non-singing' gifts to invigorate our Music Ministry, and enjoy this wonderful means of fellowship, camaraderie, and fun.

​As we embark on a new phase of music ministry and look to grow our program here at CPC, we hope to start up some new ensembles. The plan is for all of the ensembles to participate in worship throughout the year, and remain active and ready to perform at any opportunity needed, be it in the church or the community at large. Stay tuned for details!

Dedicate a Choir Anthem to a Loved One!

We will be working to revitalize a dated music library by purchasing new anthems for our choirs to sing! This will contribute greatly to the renewed enthusiasm of not only the choir, but its listeners (you) as well.

For a donation of $40.00 (basically the cost of one anthem), you can dedicate the piece of your choice to the person of your choice. It need not be a ‘memorial’ anthem, per se; the person can be living and in our midst.

After you select the piece of music you like, we will put a sticker on each piece in the library, and when we perform the piece, your name and the dedication will be noted in the bulletin for that service.

All proceeds go to the Music Gifts fund of CPC, for the purchase of even more music for our performing forces. If interested, please contact Ed Alstrom, or speak to a choir member.

Our Pipe Organ

Central Presbyterian Church is blessed with a marvelous pipe organ with an interesting history.

Its original incarnation was built by the venerable E.M. Skinner firm in 1921. It was then modified by Aeolin-Skinner in 1948, adding a Solo division. It was then completely rebuilt by Austin in 1957, retaining only the Solo division from the previous organ. Much of the original Skinner organ wound up at another church in NJ, but the Austin with the fabulous sounding Skinner Solo division has remained virtually unchanged since it was built. Combined with the wonderful reverberant acoustical space we have, it creates a mighty and beautiful sound.

More detailed info and a stoplist is available here.

Photos by Lisa Raphael

© 2018, 2019 by Central Presbyterian Church of Montclair, NJ.  /  46 Park Street, Montclair, NJ  07042  /  / Tel: (973) 744-5340