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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Dr. Jeff Reynolds
Minister of Music
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:
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
Davis Little, Guitar Instructor
Junior pursuing Bachelor of Arts in Music, University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Betty Wilson, Voice Instructor, RUMC Children’s Choir Coordinator
Master’s in Music Education, University of Florida
Susan Jolly, Voice Instructor (degrees above)
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
Chris Allison, Saxophone Instructor
Bachelor of Arts in Music with a concentration in Music Technology, University of Alabama at Birmingham.
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.
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.
Call Kathy Carlisle Wallace at (205) 937-5444, or email her at email@example.com if you are interested. She will walk you through the process and introduce you to your instructor.