Music is a vital component of worship and central to the life of Riverchase United Methodist Church. Our Music Ministry seeks to involve people of all ages, interests, and talents, leading congregants to a deeper worship of God. We believe that all the music we present must be of the highest caliber, diligently prepared, and meaningfully presented as one of our highest offerings to God. We recognize the important role music plays in worship, education, and spiritual growth not only for those who present it, but also for those who listen it.

In the Music Ministry, you will see hard work, you will hear laughter, and you will see smiles; best of all, perhaps, you will see everyday people thrilled at the opportunity to offer their talents to God.


Choirs

Adult Choirs

Riverchase offers several options for singers to use their gifts. Our 100-voice Sanctuary Choir provides music for worship services, holy days and seasonal concerts. New members are welcome. Our 30-voice Chamber Choir sings in worship services, as well as works with the orchestra.

Children's Choir

Riverchase has three children’s choirs for children ages 4 up to 5th grade. In addition to singing in the traditional, contemporary and special worship services, the children’s choirs present two musical programs each year. Newcomers are welcome. Contact Betty Wilson for more information.


Instrumental

Riverchase Orchestra

9th grade students to adults who are experienced brass, woodwind, string, and percussion players make up the Riverchase Orchestra. This group performs during select Sunday worship services and special events.

Celebration Ringers

This handbell group is open to adult beginners. The ability to read music is not necessary to participate.

Riverchase Chancel Ringers

This group is an advanced handbell choir for adults, and the ability to read music is required.


Riverchase Fine Arts Academy

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Dr. Jeff Reynolds

Minister of Music

Kathy Wallace

Academy Director


The Fine Arts Academy is designed for people of all ages. We welcome children, teens and adult students, whether they are beginners or experienced.

All of our instructors are degreed! We offer quality instruction in:

  • Piano

Kathy Wallace, Piano Instructor and Academy Director, RUMC Pianist

Bachelor of Music with a concentration in Piano Pedagogy, University of Montevallo

 

Susan Jolly, Piano and Voice Instructor

Master’s in Music Education,University of Montevallo

Master’s in Gifted Education, Samford University

  • Guitar

Davis Little, Guitar Instructor

Junior pursuing Bachelor of Arts in Music, University of Alabama at Birmingham. 

  • Voice

Betty Wilson, Voice Instructor, RUMC Children’s Choir Coordinator

Master’s in Music Education, University of Florida

 

Susan Jolly, Voice Instructor (degrees above)

  • Percussion

Sam Herman, Percussion Instructor

Bachelor of Arts in Music with a concentration in Music Technology, University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • Brass and Woodwinds

Marjorie Lee, Brass and Woodwinds Instructor

Master’s in Music Education, Auburn University

  • Saxophone

Chris Allison, Saxophone Instructor

Bachelor of Arts in Music with a concentration in Music Technology, University of Alabama at Birmingham. 

  • Oboe

Dr. Becky Halliday, Oboe Instructor

Ph.D. in Music, University of Southern Mississippi 


How We Operate

Lessons are held at Riverchase United Methodist Church. Two recitals/performances are held each year, at Christmas and in May. While we highly encourage the recitals, we do not force students to play, particularly our adult students who may not want to perform for a group. Performing by memory is optional.

 

Semesters

The Performing Arts Academy offers three semesters:

·     Fall (16 weeks, Aug. through Dec.)

·     Spring (16 weeks, Jan. through May)

·     Summer A and B (4 weeks each)

 

Length of Lessons

Lessons are normally 30 minutes long. If you would like longer lessons, this can be arranged through the Director.

 

Cost of Lessons

After a one-time $10 enrollment fee, lessons are $352 per semester, payable in four installments of $88. We will prorate the cost if you begin taking lessons after a semester has started.

 

Getting Started

Call Kathy Carlisle Wallace at (205) 937-5444, or email her at carlisle.kathy@gmail.com if you are interested. She will walk you through the process and introduce you to your instructor.