Minister of Music
office: 480-991-6424 ext. 0142
Our mission is to lift up the hearts of Valley Presbyterian Church through song and praise of our great God.
Our vision for the music ministry involves Worship, Music, and Community.
Worship is at the heart of Christian life. It is something that we are both commanded to do in scripture, and also something that the human spirit has a deep hunger and desire to do. The music program puts worship as our foremost goal. Our music is not a performance, it is an offering.
We believe that God speaks both through spoken and sung words. That music has the power to touch the hearts of the faithful in a special way.
Our music ministry is not just groups of musicians who sing and play together once a week. It is a family of believers who share their love of the Lord with each other, pray for each other, and lift each other up in their Christian life.
The Chancel Choir is our adult volunteer choir that assists in worship from September through May. Their repertoire ranges from classical to gospel (and sometimes contemporary Christian music!) and includes composers from Vivaldi and Bach to contemporary Christian choral composers. In addition to singing on Sunday mornings, the Chancel Choir also performs two large-scale concerts a year. Although it is a non-auditioned choir, commitment to weekly rehearsals and Sunday mornings is a requirement.
The Valley Singers is an elite group of professional vocalists on staff at VPC. They support our Chancel Choir as section leaders, and as soloists. They sing regularly as a small ensemble at worship services, and are a featured ensemble in our choral concerts.
The VPC Worship Band is a creative and artistic group of talented individuals who come together to glorify God through music. This team helps unleash Christ-filled worship by facilitating and leading our 10:30 am service through collective singing and expressive music. Their ultimate aim is to help us tune in and lift our voices to the Triune God together.
I am so grateful to our wonderful church, the Valley Presbyterian Foundation, and to you, our patrons, for supporting VPC’s Concert Series. This season is sure to excite and inspire!
In February we welcome five-time Grammy Award winner Sandi Patty. Growing up listening to this Christian music legend has me pinching myself that she will be here at VPC! This concert will almost certainly sell out.
In my eight years at VPC, several people have asked me to do a solo concert. This is the year! I am excited to open our season with a program of songs and stories about my life. It will be a fun afternoon of great music; my hope is you will leave with a smile in your heart and know a little more about me. We welcome brothers Josh and Sam Stefanski as they present a concert of patriotic music on Veterans Day. The Chancel Choir will perform two concerts this season; the annual Christmas Cantata during worship on December 10, and an afternoon of Rodgers and Hammerstein in April. Valley Singers will lead us on a musical journey through some wonderful tunes by these well-known composers with solos, duets and chorus numbers. You'll be singing along with us for sure!
We are proud at VPC to bring wonderful music to our community. We hope you will join us and experience all we have to offer this season!
- Jennifer Hamm, Minister of Music
Jennifer Hamm: My Story Through Song
Jennifer Hamm, soprano; James May, piano
Sunday, October 15, 2023, 4PM
Veterans Day Concert
With the Stefanski brothers
Saturday, November 11, 2023, 4PM
Christmas Cantata: It Wasn't His Child
Sunday, December 10, 2023, 9 & 10:30AM
an evening with Sandi Patty
Sunday, February, 4, 2023, 4PM
Tickets coming soon!
An Afternoon with Rodgers and Hammerstein
Valley Singers & Chancel Choir
Sunday, April 14, 2023, 4PM
Tickets coming soon!
The three-manual 43 rank Reuter Opus 1554 was installed at Valley Presbyterian Church in 1967. In 2020, P.J. Swartz completed a restoration and renovation of the instrument. The renovation included a new great principal chorus and the addition of an 8’ Trumpet and an 8’ Harmonic Flute. This greatly expanded the amount of repertoire that can be played on the instrument, as well as enhanced its ability to lead congregational singing. The new moveable console also provided greater flexibility for accompanying our choirs and for use with other ensembles at our concerts.
The 16 rank two manual Rosales Op 12 was installed in the Valley Presbyterian Chapel in 1987 and is used weekly for worship services. Special stops include a zimbelstern and a nachtigall. Of particular note is the case design, which matches the Robert McCall celestial stained glass in the chapel.