Director of Music Ministries—Heather MacPhail

Heather has been an important part of the music ministry at Westwood First Presbyterian Church since 1993. She holds a Master of Music degree in accompanying and a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She serves as Music Assistant to Director Robert Porco for the Cincinnati May Festival Chorus, where she also serves as an accompanist, as well assisting in preparation of the Summer Chorus for performances at Riverbend. Previous choral work includes the Cincinnati Opera Chorus, Cincinnati Choral Society, and Cincinnati Children’s Choir. Heather is on the faculty at Miami University, Oxford, OH. She coaches undergraduate and graduate piano majors in accompanying, and performs in master classes and recitals with students, faculty, and guest artists. She serves as the Staff Accompanist there, and is the pianist for Miami3, a faculty trio of clarinet, violin and piano. Heather is also a frequent keyboardist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

She is a regular performer on the Westwood First Concert Series as piano and organ soloist and accompanist. In addition, she is active as recitalist throughout the Cincinnati area, including the Taft Museum Chamber Music Series, Music at Noon series in Oxford, Ohio, Christ Church Glendale, and other local churches. She is a member of the American Guild of Organists and maintains a private teaching studio for piano and organ.

Chancel Choir

Adults rehearse every Thursday from 7:30-9:00 p.m. and sing for Sunday morning and special worship services, in community outreach projects, and on the Westwood First Concert Series. For more information, contact Heather MacPhail,

Chancel Bells

This adult group includes those interested in learning to read music and ring bells, as well as those with basic reading skills. The group meets on Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. Activities include participation in special Sunday worship services, other Westwood First events, and community mission events. The group is directed by Heather MacPhail.

Concert Series

The Westwood First Concert series has been a West Side tradition since 1981. Throughout its existence, concerts have been offered in a wide range of genres—from sacred to steel drum, bluegrass to Broadway—and have featured many well-known musicians from Cincinnati and the surrounding region. Due to COVID-19, a portion of the 2019-20 season was cancelled, but we hopeful that we be able to offer concerts sometime in 2021. Please check back in this section for announcements about future concerts.