VCC Worship and Music Ministry Opportunities

Opportunities in VCC’s Worship and Music Ministry

Below is a brief overview of the weekly opportunities to become involved in the Worship & Music Ministries.

VCC desires to participate in a “blended” style of worship.CHORAL MINISTRIESCherub Choir SUNDAY MORNINGSThe preschoolers during their morning Sunday School class will often work on some songs to perform during the Christmas Season and Mother’s Day. Cheryl Blea directs this group of children.Children’s Choir Tuesdays at 3:30-4:30 PM in the Choir RoomChildren’s Kindergarten through 5th grade are invited to participate. The Children’s Choir performs during the Christmas and Easter seasons, as well as other special appearances in the morning worship services throughout the year.
They are also involved during Vacation Bible School in the summer months. Through the years, the Children’s Choir have performed several musicals such as Good Kings Come In Small PackagesThe Bigger They AreThe CircleGood Morning, JesusSanctuary Choir Thursdays at 7:00-8:30 PM in the Choir RoomThe Sanctuary Choir of Valley Community Church has been an integral part of the Sunday morning worship experience. They share in worship approximately 2-3 times per month, taking the months of July and August off. The Sanctuary Choir ministry welcomes anyone to join. No auditions…no tryouts. T
he choir department enjoys performing several contemporary pieces as well as a good deal of traditional and classical works. Pam is a featured piano artist throughout the Bay Area.SOLO OPPORTUNIESWe utilize a variety of people on a weekly basis to share individual gifts and talents through our offertories or special music elements in the morning worship services. People of all ages have assisted us in our worship

There are several ways to become involved in the Instrumental ministry:

Most Sunday mornings include a Brass Ensemble that helps in our worship experience. The 4-5 part brass section is standard. If you play the trumpet, saxophone or trombone, we could use you!

During most Communion Sundays (1st Sunday of the month), we give the brass section a break and allow the woodwinds to take their place. A small ensemble of flute, clarinet, oboe and string players plays on a monthly basis.ORCHESTRAThroughout the Christmas & Easter Seasons, we will utilize a full orchestra made up of our Rhythm, Brass, Percussion and Woodwind sections. We supplement our players with excellent string players from the local area. The result is a 35 piece orchestra that accompanies our annual Christmas Programs as well as Easter Sunday Services.

Started by our former Assistant to Music Ministries, Steve Engel, this swing band is featured during our annual Christmas Programs. This is a fun group of players who enjoy the challenge of playing swing style music.

Mollyshtowern Redgrass Band History

Mollyshtowern Redgrass members history and evolution

From day one, even as a child, I was fascinated by anything that made sound (musical and otherwise – even banjos). My family is Irish, and my early exposure to music was mostly Irish and American folk music. Being music lovers, my parents refused to let me play bagpipes so, at 13, I bought my first guitar in England (where we lived at the time) for 5 Pounds sterling – about $14. That guitar ended up like a flower pot in my sister’s room, but it started a long life of world-wide instrument acquisition that continues to this day. I have instruments from over 20 foreign countries, including the USA. I spent eight years in college studying anthropology, math, literature, philosophy and music theory-composition. I also took a class in abnormal psychology which helps me to deal with my band-mates. At present, I support my musical habits by working my fingers to the bone as a massage therapist. Oh yeah, I hear impaired – 60’s rock & roll – and nearly blind. Lucky for me I play Redgrass.
Randy White – Banjo

Bob Rindy – Fiddle and vocals
Bob Rindy, on fiddle, has played violin in symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles, and in several folk and rock bands in Salem and Eugene over the past 20 years. Classically trained on the violin since childhood, Bob performs a range of fiddle styles, including Redgrass, Celtic, folk, and blues.

Clark Blanchard – Bass and vocals
My Musical Life in 500 Words or LessAge 10: Organized 2 buddies to help create 3 part harmony arrangement of “Froggy Went a Courtin”. A HUGE lunch recess success.Age 13: 1st chair trumpet career cut short trying to crash my girlfriend’s slumber party. Carelessly placed takes on dark lawns have handles that split lips. Defaulted to learning the tunes of the early 60’s on my grandfather’s baby grand, singing a-cappella Beatles and Beach Boys; entertaining on the ski bus. Bonus–girls do appreciate singers.Age 17: Playing in rock bands with names like The Pacifics, Little John and the Merry Men, The Heavy Company. Opened for national touring bands; Three Dog Night, Deep Purple, Vanilla Fudge. Backstage eye opening experiences!!!Age 20: Bought a Yamaha guitar and freelanced — weddings, parties, festivals, street corners. Ah, life as a ski bum.Age 23: Play the clubs in Portland, OR. The bass player in a band called Freefall. First, time to play with a banjo player. Money was good
Age 26: Tired of smokey rooms with too many drunks. Decided to grow up and get a real job. Back to school for a degree in music education. Appreciate jazz, asymmetric rhythms, John Cage and John Hartford. Great fun composing music.Age 30: Begin career as a public school music educator. What a joy, turning kids on to the music! After hours, the member of the jazz and then blues band. Age 44: In between bands and an invite to play bass and sing in a Redgrass band named Mollyshtowern. What fun! Eleven years later, still the most satisfying group of all.

David Dahl – Rhythm Guitar & Vocals
No one in my high school class in Great Falls, Montana would have bet I would become a musician. There were few extracurricular activities available in that part of Montana and my choice of Saturday night being all right for fighting didn’t point to a career, or come to think of it, even survival. After watching the movie Deliverance, I had taught myself to play the banjo, but as most banjo players know, families usually send beginning players to their rooms and ask them to close the door. So, it wasn’t public knowledge. I started college in Missoula with no particular direction in mind. During freshman registration, I couldn’t get all the classes I wanted and on a whim took a music theory class. I LOVED IT. The professor suggested piano lessons to help apply the information. It was like a floodgate had opened. I practiced six to eight hours a day, just for the fun of it. The music department wasn’t exactly welcoming when I applied to become a music major. I hadn’t taken the band. I hadn’t taken choir. I had virtually no previous experience. With my piano teacher as my mentor, they agreed to take me on as a project. After completing the suggested classes, I tested into the program. My first job was a year of teaching choir in public high school. Not the best fit. I found my niche as a music therapist in forensic settings. Mollyshtowern comes into being because a co-worker’s husband played a fiddle. The first configuration was a four person band, Jeff Shippy on fiddle, Ron Relaford on mandolin, myself on banjo and Jeff’s soon to be ex-wife on vocals. Quick changes brought Clark Blanchard to the group on bass and then eventually frustrations with nerves and muscles moved me to rhythm guitar and added a fifth person on banjo. Unlike my band mates, Mollyshtowern has been my one and only band.

Quick & Condensed
Dave Housand is currently a practicing Music Therapist. Dave has played banjo and guitar for more than 20 years. He is also a highly accomplished pianist. Dave is the band’s main writer and arranger.Bob Rindy, on fiddle, has played violin in symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles, and in several folk and rock bands in Salem and Eugene over the past 20 years. Classically trained on the violin since childhood, Bob performs a range of fiddle styles, including Redgrass, Celtic, folk, and blues.