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.


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.


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


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

  • Organ

Walt Rogers, Organ Instructor

Master's in 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 

  • Beginning Art

Susie Caffey, Art Instructor

Bachelors in Art/Art History, Furman University

Master's in Art Education, University of Montevallo

How We Operate

Lessons are held at Riverchase United Methodist Church. Two recitals and art shows are held each year, at Christmas and in May.



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

Music lessons are 30 minutes long and art classes are 1.5 hours. If you would like longer lessons, this can be arranged through the Director.


Cost of Lessons

  • Music 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.
  • Art Classes: After a one-time $10 enrollment fee, classes are $250 for a 12-week period. Supplies are provided. Contact Kathy Wallace to be enrolled in the next available session. Click here for more information about art lessons.


Getting Started

Email Kathy Wallace if you are interested. She will walk you through the process and set up your schedule. Please fill out this enrollment form and bring it with you to your first session.