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Steven Jobman introduced as PHPC's new Director of Music
The Director of Music Search Committee is pleased to introduce Steven (Steve) Jobman as our new Director of Music. Steve brings decades of experience in sacred music, choral direction and implementation of musical ministry for the very young. Steve has been an innovator and driving force in sacred music at every stop in his career including working with some of today’s finest composers. We look forward to Steve carrying forward the strong, rich tradition of music here at PHPC. Steve will start on July 13 allowing him some time to work with Terry in making the transition and we will celebrate his arrival during Worship services on Sunday, July 19. He will also be joining us for the Americana Concert on May 31.
Director of Music Search Committee:
Rev. Paul Seelman
More about Steve . . .
Steve was most recently Minister of Music at First Presbyterian Church of Davenport Iowa, a position he had held since 1990. He holds degrees from the University of Nebraska (Bachelor of Music in Education, Master of Music in Organ Performance and Choral Conducting/Voice).
After completing his graduate studies, he served as Director of Music at First United Presbyterian Church in Galesburg, Illinois. While there he was also Director of the Carl Sandburg Children’s Choir. He joined First Presbyterian Church of Davenport as Minister of Music in 1990.
In Davenport, in addition to serving as Conductor and Artistic Director of the 100-voice Sanctuary Choir, he founded a yearly Performing Arts Series that has featured notable guest performers, as well as staged major “in-house” full scale Broadway productions including Godspell and Jesus Christ Superstar. He also founded the church’sMusikgarten program, which is a licensed curriculum of musical and spiritual foundations for infants, babies, and toddlers with their parents.
He has been executive producer of two different PBS tapings of the church’s Christmas concerts which were then aired nationally in 40 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Steve and his partner, Rick Best, a former public television executive and now a Realtor, are looking forward to their move to Dallas, along with their Tibetan Terrier, Charlie.
Steve’s thoughts on music . . .
“The foundation of all the choirs under my direction or supervision is the love and nurture of the individual participants. I believe that modeling genuine Christian interest and concern for each person is a primary function of my role as Minister of Music. Consequently, I have been thrilled to see this care for others become the norm for interactions among choir members. My largest attended choir event of the year does not usually come when a special anthem or major concert is scheduled, but rather when the wedding of one of our young sopranos or the funeral of a tenor’s wife becomes a part of our shared choir and life experience.
The nurture of each other is the primary reason such a large percentage of the congregation is integrated into music participation at First Presbyterian Church, including a 100-voice adult Sanctuary Choir in our 900-member church. Musical excellence based on this Christian loving foundation has led to many exciting opportunities within the church.”
PHPC Music Ministry
The Music Ministry of Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church is a vital and active music program that involves vocal ensembles, handbell choirs, and instruments. The hope is that God will be glorified and that both performers and hearers will be moved to a closer relationship with God.
The Sanctuary Choir, a group of dedicated singers, leads both the 9:30 and 11:00 worship services each Sunday. They sing a variety of styles of traditional church music in worship and also have several special concerts throughout the year. The choir is often accompanied in concert by orchestra.
The Sanctuary Choir regularly commissions anthems and major works to be written. This process allowed our choir to sing the premiere performances of music by such composers as Bob Chilcott, Hal Hopson, Paul Leddington Wright, Ola Gjeilo, Jeffrey Howard, Ray Andrews, and Emmy Award winning composers Gary Fry and Anthony Di Lorenzo. Additionally in 2015, the choir will host Craig Jessop, Ryan Murphy and Gary Fry as guest conductors. Previous guest conductors of the choir have included Bob Chilcott, Sir David Willcocks, Mack Wilberg, Paul Leddington Wright, Gary Fry, Eleanor Daley and Andrew Carter. In April this year, the Sanctuary Choir was honored to host John Rutter, one of the world's most renowned composers of choral music. Mr. Rutter conducted the choir and orchestra in the premiere performance of a new major work written for the Sanctuary Choir, The Gift of Life: Six Canticles of Creation.
In June this year, the Sanctuary Choir will tour central England, singing in worship in St. Mary’s University Church in Oxford and presenting concerts in Worcester Cathedral and the Woodstock Parish Church. The tour will end with a gala concert in historic Coventry Cathedral. Tthe choir will combine with the St. Michael’s Singers of Coventry and the English Symphony Orchestra under conductors John Rutter, Paul Leddington Wright and Bob Chilcott. Our choir has previously toured both nationally and internationally with performances for the International Church Music Festival in Rome, the Cambridge (England) Summer Music Festival, the Texas Choral Directors Association, and the Presbyterian Association of Musicians national conference.
For more information, contact Steve Jobman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the 2014-2015 Sanctuary Choir schedule, click here.
We organize our children's choirs to include children from ages four through sixth grade.The goal of the choirs is to provide religious, educational, and recreational opportunities for children, to develop an understanding of worship, to encourage a sense of personal responibility and cooperation, and to present music to the glory of God.
For children aged 4 (by September 1) through kindergarten
Rehearsals Sunday mornings from 8:45 - 9:30 in room S220
For children in first and second grades
Rehearsals Sunday mornings from 8:45 - 9:30 in room S219
For children in third through sixth grades
Rehearsals Sunday mornings from 8:45 - 9:30 in room S218
This choir is for youth in grades 7 through 12 who have a high level of commitment to God and to the church. They sing during worship services on a regular basis and also lead special services on Christmas Eve, Maundy Thursday, and Easter. Rehearsals are Sunday mornings from 10:40 - 11:10 in the Youth House. For more information, contact Steve Jobman at email@example.com.
Our handbell choirs provide music for both worship services and special programs in the church and community.
Our Jubilate Ringers are children in fourth to sixth grade. They rehearse Sunday mornings from 10:30 - 10:55 in room S218.
The Sanctuary Ringers handbell choir is open to adults and college-aged people who can read music and have a good sense of rhythm. They rehearse Wednesday evenings from 5:30 - 7 in room S218. Child care is available.
For more information, contact Judy Melson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Creative Arts Workshop
Every year the third through sixth graders of PHPC look forward to June when they can show their stuff as budding actors in the Creative Arts Workshop children’s musical. This workshop offers an experience in the arts for our children where they can increase their knowledge of Bible/faith stories as well as to make new friends. The music is learned during May and June in music rehearsals. The workshop week environment provides a setting in which the children can help make their own costumes, props and scenery, create their own dances, experience the joy of a mutual project with other children, and learn about stagecraft. After a week of preparation, the cast presents their musical Friday night and Sunday morning.
For more information, contact Judy Melson at email@example.com.