Music

Music is the beating heart of worship at the Community Church of the Verdes, and we are justifiably proud of our fine music program, which includes both vocal and instrumental music.


Our Community Church Choir rehearses during the season from 4pm to 5:30pm every Wednesday and sings every Sunday in worship. All are invited to participate regardless of age or musical background. The choir learns a wide variety of sacred music from the classics to the contemporary. Our "season" begins in early October and concludes in mid-May. No auditions are required. 


The choir is an integral part of church worship, a wonderful musical experience, and a great place to connect with others in the church community. If you wish to participate in our worship service and would like to share your voice and time, please contact the church office for more details or you can contact the Director of Music Ministry, Tom Wojtas at 480-969-1302 or tomwojtas@cox.net.


"Rejoice, give thanks and sing"

Our Soloists & Instrumentalists

We also use several professional soloists to further enhance our music ministry experience.  They include Shana Bousard, Debby Rosenthal Wojtas, and Jeffrey Stevens.   In addition to our choir and soloists, we have a variety of guest instrumentalists that come throughout the year and participate in our worship services.  We are fortunate to be joined by musicians from the Phoenix Symphony, Arizona State University, Arizona Opera Orchestra, and other fine musical institutions in the Valley.


As mentioned above, our three wonderful soloists appear regularly in our worship services.  They often perform as a soloist, as part of a duet or trio, and/or as part of our choir.  See below to learn more about each one.


Debby Rosenthal Wojtas has been a member and a soloist since 1999.  She became the soprano section leader of the choir in 2008, as well as being a member of the Trio in the summer months.  In addition to singing in the church, Debby performs professionally in theatre, films, commercials and voice-overs.  Her proudest role is being the mother to her two children, Tommy and Abby, and wife to her husband, Tom.  Please feel free to view her professional website at www.debbyrosenthal.com.


Shana Bousard has been professionally involved in music and theatre all of her adult life, and is a proud member of the Actor's Equity Association.  She was a featured singer/dancer for Holland America and Regency Cruise Lines, and has performed several cabaret acts in New York City, Wisconsin, and Arizona.  Since she moved to Arizona in 1995, Shana has performed for many local and regional theatre companies and is an AriZona Award winning actress/director.  Shana also claims an extensive list of national and local commercial and voice-over credits.  In addition to performing, Shana spends her time as a loving wife to Dominik and mother to Alexander and Emma, and currently works full time as a professional, Board-Certified music therapist.


Jeffrey Stevens lives in Tempe, Arizona and is originally from El Paso, Texas.  He attended Arizona State University for both his Masters and Doctorate, and has also been part of the Opera Institute at Boston University, a two year post graduate opera program. Dr. Stevens is a regular performer for Opera-Antics, an opera outreach troupe, Arizona Opera, and the Renaissance Singers where he peaks sixth graders' curiosity in the Renaissance period.  He resides with his wife, Dr. Melanie Ohm in Tempe, AZ and teaches at Chandler-Gilbert Community College.    


Our Bell Choir

In addition to our Choir, we have a Handbell Choir under the direction of David Lowell.  The Verdes Bell Choir was established in 2007 through community fund raising and the support of the Community Church of the Verdes' Board of Directors.  Our Bell Choir members are from both our Church and the St. Dominic Catholic Mission, and the Verdes' community.  Performances are monthly during the high season (winter and spring) at both services.  Church and community members are welcome to join our Verdes Bell Choir.  We are always looking for new ringers.  Experience is not required!


Our Handbell Choir practices at 8 am on Saturdays.  For more information, please contact the church office.

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We are located at 25603 Danny Lane, Rio Verde, AZ  85263 close to Scottsdale, Fountain Hills & the Rio Verde Foothills   PH:480-471-7239