Join us to kick off our 2019-2020 program year -
Thursday, September 19, 2019


To register your child(ren), please click here

Hilltop Children's Music Program

 - A weekly musical opportunity for Grades 1-5 - 

The Hilltop Children’s Music Program (HCMP) offers a unique opportunity for elementary children to grow in their Christian faith through musical expression. This free ministry introduces children to the joy of music and cultivates the lifelong gift of song in each child. We use our hearts, our hands, and our voices in activities that benefit the musical development of children: singing, percussion, movement, Orff, handchimes, and much more. Each Thursday evening, we lay important groundwork for musicianship - ear training, music literacy and readiness, musical expression, and creativity.

The HCMP also serves to inspire the spiritual development of children. We explore foundational Bible stories and move through the seasons of the church year by creating percussion grooves, crafting songtales, and preparing our choral repertoire. Our repertoire is diverse - incorporating global music and folk music in addition to newly-composed sacred anthems for children's voices.

Throughout the school year, the children in HCMP are provided experiences of worship leadership at Hilltop and around the community. In addition to participating in worship services at Hilltop, the children perform at Hilltop's annual concert events: the Fall Festival of Faith, the Hilltop Christmas Concert, and the Music & Arts Fundraising Concert. These events are a wonderful opportunity to share our gift of music with the community.

Together, we imagine and discover how we can shine God's light and love to the world!

Rehearsals for the 2019-2020 program year begin on Thursday, September 19, 2019. Our season concludes on Thursday, May 14, 2020.

Rehearsals are held on Thursdays from 6:15-7:00pm in the Children's Music room (2nd floor) at Hilltop United Methodist Church. 


No rehearsals on the following Thursdays:

October 17, 2019

October 31, 2019

November 28, 2019

December 26, 2019

January 2, 2020

March 26, 2020

If you have any questions, please email Katie Houts ( 

To register for HCMP, please click here.

Save the date: next summer's week-long music & arts camp will be held June 22-26, 2020 at Hilltop!

The week concludes with two performances on Friday, June 26 (12:30 and 6:30pm).

Students entering grades 4 & 5 (and any MS/HS student mentor) may audition for speaking roles in the Music & Arts musical. An open audition call will be held on Sunday, June 14, 2020, from 2-4pm at Hilltop UMC.

 Camp Registration and Open Audition Call signups will open in Spring 2020.


Music Camp Slide




 Katie Houts

- Children's Music Director & Staff Accompanist -

Katie's experience includes 25+ years as a collaborative accompanist, performer, vocal & instrumental director, all of which have given her opportunities to study and perform a wealth of diverse music around the world. A native of the midwest, Katie worked primarily in the Minneapolis and Boston metro areas before relocating to Salt Lake City with her family in 2017. 


She is the Sacred Choral Editor for Choristers Guild, one of the leading publishers for develping choirs in sacred spaces. Katie oversees the publication of all new sacred anthems, collections, resource books, and musicals.


Katie also directs Rise Up, Jr.! - the training ensemble for Rise Up Children's Choir, a community children's choir with two locations in the Salt Lake Area. Katie teaches early elementary music and directs the middle school choirs at Wasatch Charter School in Holladay. Especially in her work with children, Katie aims to draw a wide circle of welcome as emerging singers discover their unique voices - both individually and collectively. 

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