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.
You may be familiar with many of the voices you hear this season—VPC’s Valley Singers will be featured during several of the concerts, and Jenina Gallaway will headline in January. Senator Jon Kyl will narrate the Veterans Day Concert, and local trio We3 will kick off the season. Members of the Phoenix Symphony will be with us for our Christmas concert, Go and Tell It!, and again in April for Requiem & Holy Fire. We are especially excited to bring back the Collingsworth Family Singers for a Christmas concert, and are overjoyed that Dove Award-winning Point of Grace will be here in February.
- Jennifer Hamm, Minister of Music
Veterans Day Concert
Senator Jon Kyl, narrating
Featuring Valley Singers & Chancel Choir
Sunday, November 13, 2022, 4PM
Go and Tell It!
VPC Chancel Choir & Phoenix Symphony Members
Sunday, December 11, 2022, 9AM & 10:30AM
Jenina Gallaway, soprano, with Valley Singers, & friends
Friday, January 19, 2023, 7PM
For more information about each concert and to purchase tickets, click on the button below.
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.