Music Ministry

The Music Ministry at Central Trinity United Methodist Church offers many opportunities for service through music. There are three choirs, a handbell ensemble, a Christmas band, a cantata orchestra, as well as providing solos and ensembles for our worship services and outreach programs. The Youth Ministry also offers a teen band. The Zanesville Civic Chorus rehearses at Central Trinity and presents Handel’s Messiah with orchestra each year.


Jim McLaughlin is Organist, accompanist and Director of Music. Jim is the Music Director for the Zanesville Civic Chorus and teaches organ, piano and voice lessons.


Ann Sims directs the Chancel Choir and Children’s Choir. Ann is also a music teacher in the Franklin Local School System and vocal soloist with the Zanesville Civic Chorus.


Andy Ruetz directs the Carillon Bells and Wesleyan Choir. Andy coordinates the Christmas Band and Cantata Orchestra. He is also the band director for the West Muskingum School System. He plays in the Zanesville Memorial Band and teaches trombone lessons.

Please contact the church office to check the status of activities during the pandemic.

Chancel Choir

The Chancel Choir is open to high school and adult singers. They sing in worship September through May with one Sunday off each month. They present a Christmas or Easter Cantata with orchestra each year. Rehearsals are Thursday evenings 7 to 8 p.m. and Sunday mornings before worship in the choir room.

Wesleyan Choir

The Wesleyan Choir is open to middle school and high school singers. They sing one Sunday each month in worship September through May. Rehearsals are Sunday mornings at 9:45 a.m. in the choir room.

Children’s Choir

The Children's Choir is open to all children pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade. This is a training choir for leadership in worship services; so, no singing experience is necessary! Rehearsals are Thursday evenings 6 to 6:30 p.m. in the choir room. The Children’s Choir sings at one worship service each month September through May and performs one musical production each year during the Christmas or Easter season.

Carillon Bells

The Carillon Bells is open to high school and adult handbell ringers. They play one Sunday each month in worship September through May. They also participate each year at the Zanesville Community Handbell Festival. Rehearsals are Thursday evenings 6 to 7 p.m. in the handbell room. 

Christmas Band and Cantata Orchestra

The Christmas Band performs at the 11:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Service. The rehearsal is scheduled the week before the service. All instrumentalists are invited to join and play. The Cantata Orchestra is created each year to match the needs for the Chancel Choir Cantata production. Rehearsals are scheduled in the month preceding the production.