Knox Music

Music that awakens your spirit!


Led by Earl Rivers

Music is an active ministry at Knox Church, with a rich tradition of musical excellence. Knox music spans the sacred classical choral canon from the early Baroque period through our own time, and is balanced with music of a variety of styles – folk, gospel, spirituals, and more, each reflecting the diversity of our cultures.

There’s an array of splendid instruments at Knox that enhance our music. In fact, Cincinnati Magazine has cited the Knox Music Program as offering the “Best Church Music” in Cincinnati. There is a place at Knox for everyone who wishes to serve and praise God in making music!


Fresh Spirit
Fresh Spirit

Led by David Annett

Knox’s Fresh Spirit worship service (9am September through May) features a more contemporary style of music. While worshiping in Fresh Spirit, you will sing along with guitars, drums, bass, flute, violin, and a dedicated group of singers.

Our music is energizing, but not so loud your ears will ring afterward. And it’s easy to sing to – so you can participate if you’d like, rather than just listen to the performers

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing. (Psalm 100: 1-2)

More About Knox Music

The Knox Choir and Chamber Choir

The Knox Choir and Chamber Choir lead worship music in September through May at the 11:00 a.m. Traditional worship services and special seasonal services, and present choral/orchestral masterworks on the public Knox Music Series. 

With a core of eight professional Section Leaders/Soloists, the Knox volunteer Choirs offer music from the sacred classical choral canon from the Early Baroque period through our own time, balanced with music of a variety of styles – folk, gospel, spirituals, etc., reflecting the diversity of our cultures. The Choirs rehearse on Thursday evenings 7:30-9:30 p.m. Contact Earl Rivers, Director of Music, for more information.

The Knox Handbell Choir

The Knox Handbell Choir rings monthly, October through May, at the 11am traditional worship services and for special seasonal services. The Handbell Choir rehearses Thursday evenings 6:00pm to 6:50pm. Contact Matthew Swope, Director of the Handbell Choir, for more information.



The Knox Music Series

The Knox Music Series is an outreach program of Knox Church that features productions by the Knox Choir and Chamber Orchestra of sacred choral/orchestra masterworks and organ concertos for the public in the Greater Cincinnati. Performances also are streamed on-line for an international audience. Click here to sample an excerpt from a recent Knox Music Series presentation, and here to see a list of all Knox major works.

Knox Instruments

Knox has a rich tradition and heritage of musical excellence, and maintains splendid musical instruments – a renovated and expanded 50-rank Holtkamp pipe organ, a concert grand Steinway piano, a Flemish harpsichord, a five-octave set of Schulmerich handbells, and a continuo organ by Juget-Sinclair of Montreal, Canada.

The Knox Commissioned Works Program

The Knox Commissioned Works Program is an opportunity to sponsor original compositions of new anthems or hymns that the full Knox Choir or Chamber Choir would premiere in a future worship service. Knox has been blessed with several donors of 16 commissions of new works since 1995. Two new anthem commissions are scheduled for premieres in worship services in 2023. To view a list of Knox Anthem and Hymn Commissions since 1995, click here.

Knox Choir National and International

Knox Choir has been featured at three conventions (national and regional) of the 20,000 member American Choral Director Association in Chicago, IL, Dallas, TX, and Kalamazoo, MI; twice in New York City’s Carnegie Hall; and internationally in Syros, Greece; Vienna, Austria; Florence, Italy; and most recently in Paris, France. To hear the Sanctus from the Fauré Requiem presented in Paris’ Madeline Church in 2018, click here.


Please join us as a Volunteer for the Knox Music Series as a worker-bee for Setups/Resets: contact Nate Tetrich at; as an Usher/Greeter: contact Chris Bollinger at; or, as a Server/Greeter at Intermission Receptions: contact Heidi Knellinger


Contact Earl Rivers or David Annett if you are interested in being a part of making beautiful music at Knox.