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. The Berry Music & Arts scholarship will be available beginning January 2022.

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
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
Our Contemporary Worship Band leads worship every Sunday. We are always looking for new members. 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

Katie Howell, Administrative Assistant for Music, Worship & the Arts