Chancel Choir

The Chancel Choir is a most important part of our church service. Not only do they provide inspirational anthems each Sunday, but also lead the congregation in hymn singing and special liturgical passages. We have approximately 21 members at present, but have much more room for more. If you love to sing and would like to participate, talk to Bud. and he’ll find a robe and music folder for you. We also present one special cantata services at Christmas each year. The choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings throughout the year, except in August.

Chancel Bells

Handbells were developed in England in the late 17th Century and were brought to the United States in 1902. They add a beautiful sound and unique element to worship, and are a joyful response to the worship experience. Our bell choir plays on a 3 octave set of Schulmerich Handbells and a 3 octave set of Mahlmark Chimes. Anyone who is interested and can read music reasonably well is invited to join this special group. The bells participate in the church service approximately 6 times a year and rehearse each Wednesday evening. We have a bell (or2) for you. See Bud Clark or Steve Knudson.

Music Director

Charles (Bud) Clark, Music Director

Bud has been a music director for thirty-nine years. Eighteen of those years were in public schools throughout Missouri, and twenty-one years at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Missouri, where he was Director of Choral Studies and Music Department Head. During those thirty-nine years of teaching, Bud was Minister of Music for thirty-five of those years at various churches throughout Missouri. Bud’s choirs have performed at State Conventions, as well as many historical venues in Europe, including St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome, and Notre Dame in Paris. Although Bud has retired from teaching, he is still a highly sought after choral clinician, judge and director. Bud is presently one of the choral director and baritone singer for the Singing Men of Arkansas. He and his wife Christy, who is also a music teacher, are delighted to be a part of the wonderful, caring family of the Presbyterian Church of Bella Vista. AR.


Gail Knudsen

Gail has played and given lessons on the piano for a number of years.  She became the church organist in 2007.