Dr. Michelle L. Louer
Director of Music and Fine Arts
Adult Choral Ensembles
The choirs and ensembles of Second Church are both instruments of worship, service and small group ministries that address the needs and interests of members and their families. While upholding the tradition of Reformed worship, musical integrity and excellence of Second Church, music enhances the worship experience of the congregation and the outreach of the church by conveying through multiple art forms the joy and power of the transformational life and message of Jesus Christ.
Under the direction of Dr. Michelle Louer, this adult ensemble provides musical leadership for Sunday worship services September through May. Anyone with a love of singing is invited to participate. Weekly rehearsals are on Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. Some ability to read music is recommended.
The Beecher Singers is a professional 16-voice chamber ensemble providing music in worship and in the community. The group performs a broad range of vocal chamber repertoire, recognized for its skilled interpretation of Baroque style and performance of new works alike. Through various outreach concerts, the ensemble gives myriad opportunities for listeners to experience God through music in the greater Indiana community.
Summer Choir provides musical leadership for Sunday worship services from Memorial through Labor Day. A great way to become involved with choir on a short-term basis, choir members may sing as often as they wish. Opportunities to sing offertory solos are also available for those that are interested.
The Women’s Ensemble participates in selected worship services and special events throughout the year. It is open to women of high school age and beyond, and no prior musical experience is required.
The Men’s Ensemble participates in selected worship services and special events throughout the year. It is open to men of high school age and beyond, and no prior musical experience is required.
For more information, or to sign up, please contact the Music and Fine Arts office at MFA@Secondchurch.org, or (317) 253-6461, ext. 309.
Dr. Michelle L. Louer
Director of Music and Fine Arts
317-252-5515 | MFA@SecondChurch.org
Michelle L. Louer received the doctoral degree in choral conducting from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, studying under Jan Harrington, Carmen Helena-Téllez and Thomas Dunn. She holds both Master of Music and Master of Divinity degrees from Yale University where she graduated summa cum laude, and a Bachelor of Music in piano and church music, magna cum laude, from Stetson University. In addition, she studied with noted conductors Fiora Contino and Joseph Flummerfelt.
Dr. Louer is in her twelfth year as the Director of Music and Fine Arts at Second Presbyterian Church where she leads a comprehensive program for children and adults, providing vocal and instrumental opportunities for education, ministry, and performance. Dr. Louer conducts the 70-voice Sanctuary Choir and the Beecher Singers (a professional chamber choir) and oversees a talented music staff that directs children and youth music, handbell ensemble, wind ensemble, and a vibrant fine arts area.
She is a former Adjunct Professor of Choral Music at Butler University, and prior to her appointment at Second, served on the faculties of University of Evansville and Oklahoma City University, and as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Kokomo (Indiana) Symphony Orchestra and Chorus for 3 years.
Dr. Louer has led the Sanctuary Choir in annual performances of choral/orchestral masterworks, including Beethoven’s Choral Fantasie with André Watts, J.S. Bach’s Johannes Passion with Alan Bennett (Evangelist), Verdi’s Requiem, Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem, Poulenc’s Gloria, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah.
For six seasons, she served as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Bach Chorale Singers of Lafayette, Indiana where she was known for innovative programming of works such as James Whitbourn’s Annelies and a retrospective of the choral music of Leonard Bernstein. In the summer of 2016, Dr. Louer led choral groups on a performance tour through Germany and parts of the Czech Republic. Equally comfortable leading orchestras, she has conducted Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 (“New World”), Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor, Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1, and Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite (1919), and in 2018 served as Guest Conductor of the 14th Annual International Festival of the Aegean in Syros, Greece. Dr. Louer also serves on the Sacred in Opera Committee of National Opera Association.
Dr. John Allegar
Organist and Assistant Director of Music and Fine Arts
Organist and Assistant Director, Music and Fine Arts
317-202-2256 x 309 | JAllegar@SecondChurch.org
Dr. John Allegar is the Organist and Assistant Director of Music & Fine Arts at Second Presbyterian Church. He coordinates and schedules soloists and instrumentalists, maintains the church’s keyboard instruments, accompanies the Beecher Singers and Sanctuary Choir, and provides musical leadership for worship services. John also assists Michelle Louer, Director of Music and Fine Arts, with the implementation of the Music and Fine Arts Series and the general supervision of Second’s music program. John received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Performance and Literature (Organ) from the Eastman School of Music, and is past dean of the Indianapolis Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO)