Music

Our Vision
Music has always played a large part in the life and culture of Coral Ridge, giving hope and joy to people around the globe for over five decades. With a firm belief that music is a unique means of grace by which people encounter the glory of God in the Gospel, Coral Ridge continues to cherish the weekly assembling of its people for worship. Throughout the years, Coral Ridge has embraced both traditional and contemporary worship styles, believing that musical expression is necessary for the culture of South Florida to thrive.

Sunday Morning Traditional Worship
Sunday morning's traditional service continues Coral Ridge's rich history of making music with the Coral Ridge Chancel Choir and the Ruffatti Pipe Organ. In previous years, The Chancel Choir has been heard around the world through the television outreach of D. James Kennedy Ministries. The Chancel Choir continues today making music each week during the 10am traditional service.

Click here for a sample of our traditional service from Easter 2017.

Sunday Morning Contemporary Worship
Sunday morning's contemporary worship service is a vibrant and unified musical expression that leads congregational singing with vocalists, instrumentalists (piano, guitar, bass, drums, occasional strings and horns), and pickup worship choir. The contemporary service meets each Sunday in the Fellowship Hall at 11:15am.

Click here for a sample of our contemporary service from Easter 2017.

Our Core Team of Artists
Julie Anne Vargas: Director of Worship and Arts
Bernie Gonzalez: Co-Director of Choral Music & Worship Associate
Matt McMurrin: Co-Director of Choral Music
Chelsea Chen: Organist & Artist-in-Residence
Diane Bish: Organist Emeritus

Music, Albums, Charts
We have several recordings and musical resources available for download. Discover more about our music here.

The Ruffatti Pipe Organ
The Fratelli Ruffatti Pipe Organ (built in 1974), is heard weekly in our traditional worship service and is regularly featured in our ongoing Concert Series. Learn more about the organ here.

Concert Series
The Coral Ridge Concert Series seeks to present captivating music in a beautiful space to the people of South Florida. It is our goal to provide a vital community outreach that enriches the lives of all ages spiritually, culturally, and educationally through music. We believe that musical expression is necessary for our city to thrive. As we reflect on God’s grace and love toward humanity through musical creativity, we can tangibly witness Him “making all things new.”

The sanctuary of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church was designed not only as a house for worship, but also as a venue for concerts. We cherish musicians and their stylistic diversity that is reflected in classical, choral, jazz, and modern music. As we continue our long-standing tradition of the Concert Series, we are excited to invite you to our upcoming 2017-2018 season.

Click here for a full list of 2017-2018 concerts and to purchase tickets.

Concert Choir
The Coral Ridge Concert Choir sings for the major choral concerts in the Concert Series. Contact Director Bernie Gonzalez for more information. Rehearsals begin in late August to prepare the three main choral performances in this year’s Concert Series:
An Evening with Diane Bish
Christmas at Coral Ridge 
Stars, Stripes and Sousa

From the Choir Loft
For weekly reflections from Jim Filosa, click here.

Get Involved
We love connecting with all kinds of musicians—singers, instrumentalists, and songwriters. Additionally, we are always looking for volunteer help with the technical side of our services.

  • Traditional Worship Choir - Join us on Thursdays at 7pm for rehearsal. Contact Director Bernie Gonzalez for more information.
  • Contemporary Worship Choir - we invite singers of all levels to jump into Sunday morning worship with our choir at the 11:15am contemporary service. Contact Julieanne Vargas for more information.
  • Vocalists - stronger vocalists are encouraged to audition to sing with our Sunday morning team of vocal worship leaders.
  • Instrumentalists - we're continually adding instrumental musicians to our core team of Sunday morning leaders; contact us so we can hear more about your background and skills.
  • Audio/Visual - we're looking for talented folks to aid our team with sound, lighting, and projection.

Contact: music@crpc.org