Music, Arts & Worship

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the rock of our salvation. - Psalm 95:1

At Pulaski Heights UMC, we offer music for all ages and ability levels. If you have a “song in your heart,” enjoy the fellowship of other musicians, and want to share your love of Christ through music, we have  place for you in our program.

James Maase

Minister of Music, Arts, & Worship; Organist / Contact Me

Have you ever thought about becoming part of PHUMC’s musical and artistic family, where laughter and fellowship are as important as the music? If so, PHUMC offers a multitude of ways to worship and connect through music and the arts. For more information, click on the area you are interested in below. If you don’t find what you are looking for, feel free to contact me.


Background: In 2006 and 2007, Arminta Berry made generous contributions totaling $100,000 to the Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church Foundation (PHUMC) to establish the Stanley and Arminta Berry Music and Arts Scholarship. The music and arts ministry of this church was extremely important to the late Mr. Berry and continues to be of vital significance to Mrs. Berry. When Mrs. Berry made the donation, she said, “This church has meant a great deal to our family for almost 50 years. Because of all it has done for the Berry family, I want to make a contribution to its future so that its ministries will continue to help others.” The vision and foresight of the Berry family will indeed help others in their church family for years to come as talented young people are given the opportunity to further their education in one of the arts.

Purpose: The purpose of this scholarship is to financially assist deserving students who are majoring in music or the arts. The successful recipient will receive a $1,000.00 scholarship that may be renewable for three additional years based upon continuing requirements. It will be applied to tuition only and sent directly to the recipient’s college or university.

Qualifications: The applicant must be an Arkansas resident and a graduating high school senior or college undergraduate enrolled in a four-year accredited college or university, and majoring in music or the arts. Preference will be given to a student who is also a member of Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church or who has participated in Adventures in the Arts Program at PHUMC.

Requirements: Completed application form must be received no later than March 15, 2021. Finalists will be notified by March 26, 2021. An audition or interview may be required, and would be scheduled for 10:00am to 12:00pm on April 2, 2021. Please return completed form with official high school transcript and two sealed letters of recommendation from an instructor, department head, or major instructor to:

Download The Application Here!

Adult Choirs
We endeavor to use music to generate excitement, beauty, and inspiration in the services of worship. Choir membership is open (no auditions needed) throughout the year. Our vision for the choir is:

  • Full loft
  • Congregation that sings strongly and joyfully
  • Meaningful, transformative worship
  • Music that inspires, moves, grips people
  • Choirs of people that serve as modified small groups, taking care of and praying for each other
  • People singing their faith strongly – living it strongly
  • People that utilize their gifts of sound and spirit to do good in the community – hands on missions, raising funds for missions and taking our Spirit to areas that may have forgotten or not known it.

The CHANCEL CHOIR sings each Sunday for the 9:00 televised service and/or the 11:00 service. They rehearse each Wednesday evening from 6:30-8:00 p.m. The choir is open to all who love to sing. No auditions are required. Contact James Maase at or 501-978-0520 for more information.

Youth Choir

  • Cornerstone Singers youth choir is made up of students in middle school and high school
  • Anyone with an interest in singing is welcome to join
  • Rehearsal is currently from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoons, right before PHYouth
  • Choir year runs from September through mid-May
  • The choir participates in services in both the sanctuary and in New Heights
  • Additional projects could include tours,musicals

The vision of Cornerstone Singers is

  1. to encourage youth to share their talents with their church community
  2. to  help youth experience the worship of God through song
  3. to give them a safe place to enjoy learning about and performing music
  4. to encourage them to develop leadership skills
  5. to reinforce good vocal habits and basic musical skills
  6. to encourage their involvement in and ownership of the choir

For more information call Kim Abbott at 978.0522 

Cherub Choir

Cherub Choir is our choir for children 3 and 4 years old. They are under the direction of Julie Jackson. They meet during the Sunday School time each week during the school year from 10:10 -10:50. They sing at various times during the Sanctuary services.

Wesley Kids Children’s Choir

Have a child that hums around the house or sings in the shower? Bring him or her to Wesley Kids Children’s Choir!
The vision of Wesley Kids Children’s Choir is fourfold:

  1. to encourage children to share their talents with their church community
  2. to help children experience the worship of God through song
  3. to guide children in developing good vocal habits and basic musical skills
  4. to provide fellowship and opportunities for friendship with other children

Children’s Choir FAQs

  • For children in grades k – 5
  • Open to EVERYONE, regardless of musical background
  • Rehearsal time: Sunday mornings 9:oo – 10:oo
  • Choir year from September to May
  • Participates in traditional and contemporary services and special projects, such as the children’s musical, Oh, Jonah!

Accompanist – Rev. Gail Hocott

Please contact the music offiice at 978-0522 for more information.

Wesley Handchimes
Does your child like to shake things? He or she will have the opportunity to do so safely if you bring him/her to

Wesley Handchimes!

This is a group of 3rd – 5th graders who learn to read music and play handchimes, the precursor to handbells.

Our vision for Wesley Handchimes is:

  1. to encourage children to share their talents with their church community
  2. to guide children in developing basic musical skills
  3. to help children experience the worship of God through music and movement
  4. to provide fellowship and opportunities for friendship with others

The group meets from 5:00 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoons.

Everyone in the correct grade range is welcome to come, no matter their musical background. One of the nice things about handchimes is that they are easy to learn. In no time, children are able to play simple songs.

Please contact Kim Abbott at or call 501-978-0534 for more information.

The PULASKI HEIGHTS RINGERS plays regularly in worship in our Sanctuary and for other special services. Rehearsal is on Thursdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Contact James Maase at or (501) 978-0520.

The Pulaski Heights Recorder Consort is our recorder ensemble. They play for worship and special services throughout the year and rehearse on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Contact Louise Rollefson at for more information.

The Ozark Point Brass Quintet accompanies the choir at various times throughout the year – Christmas, Easter- and some players join to play at regular worship services in the Sanctuary. The contact for this group is Courtney Swindler,

Music Academy
Adventures in the Arts

We are a 17 year old music academy with studios in Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church in Little Rock’s Hillcrest area. We offer lessons in piano, voice, organ, guitar, Suzuki and traditional violin, and banjo and mandolin. We have two 16 week semesters – fall and spring- and some instruction in the summer. Our faculty is now at 14. Our Director is James Maase, who also serves the church as Minister of Music, Arts and Worship. We typically start the fall semester around the time that public school starts. Our tuitions are $25.00 for a half-hour lesson; $37.50 for a 45- minute lesson and $50 for an hour lesson. Scholarships are available on a limited basis. More information can be obtained by calling 978-0522.

Our faculty is comprised of the following:

  • Darby Bedell, Suzuki and Traditional Violin
  • Sharon Blair, Traditional Piano
  • Amy Boyce, Traditional Piano
  • Kara Claybrook, Voice
  • Geoffrey Gross, Piano/Voice
  • Bill Fulton, Art of Illusion
  • Tracy Herndon, Traditional Piano
  • James Maase, Organ/Piano/Voice
  • Sandy McDonald, Suzuki and Traditional Violin
  • JoAnn Richmond, Suzuki Piano
  • Lisa Ronis, Suzuki Guitar
  • Michael Straughan, Guitar/Mandolin/Bass
  • Nancy Wheeler, Traditional Piano
  • Vivian Ye, Chinese language

Chotard Institute of Music

The Chotard Institute of Music is a college preparatory program whose mission is to educate and train aspiring young classical singers to enter college as skilled musicians. Find out more about this program by going to their website Dr. Ann Chotard is the Director of the Institute.

Contemporary Worship
The New Heights Praise Band leads worship in our contemporary service in Wesley Hall. You can contact Trenton Teegarden at 501-664-3600 for more information on this group.

Music Ministries Staff
James Maase, Minister of Music, Worship and the Arts

Trenton Teegarden, Minister of Contemporary Music and Worship Arts

Stan Cox, Associate Organist

Chip Gross, Director of Wesley Kids Choirs

Julie Jackson, Director of Pre-K Music