Music

"Praise the Lord with the lyre, make melody to him with the harp of ten strings!
Sing to him a new song, play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts." Psalm 33:2-3

THE SANCTUARY CHOIR of Shades Valley Presbyterian is a group dedicated to spreading the love and lessons of Jesus Christ through music and song.  The choir performs a variety of anthems in several different styles throughout the church year.  In addition to these regular performances, the choir typically leads the congregation in worship twice each year through a special performance of music, stories, scriptures, and lessons. Our goal is to interpret the words of the scriptures with a fresh light and therefore help those in attendance better understand their meaning.  Participation in the choir is open to all.  Practice on Wednesday nights from 7:30-8:30 immediately following the Wednesday night program.  The choir gathers on Sunday mornings at 10:30. All are welcome to join the choir for one, two, or as many Sundays as they like!

THE COVENANT RINGERS handbell choir has reunited and rehearsals are held each week.  There's always room for one, two or three more, if you are experienced or want to learn, join us on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. for rehearsals in the music suite.  Performances will be planned in the near future and publicized beforehand.

General information on the kids Wednesday night program:
The Kids' Club was started several years ago in an effort to nurture the spiritual growth of Shades Valley’s children through dramatic, musical, and artistic means.  Each year the children work hard to prepare special events and worship experiences for the congregation.  This might mean a musical complete with props and rehearsed lines.  It could mean an art show where each work reflects a given theme or Biblical teaching.  Sometimes the work will result in a complete Sunday morning worship service led by children as young as 3.  Shades Valley is fortunate to have a congregation open to idea of children taking on these important and serious leadership roles.
Participation in Kids' Club events is open to all children 4 years old-5th grade.  Older children are often found assisting with the activities and sometimes participating as well!

Kyle Henderson

Kyle Henderson

Music Director

Kyle Henderson has been the Director of Music at Shades Valley for over six years. However, his relationship with this congregation began almost twenty years ago when he joined the church as a junior at Homewood High School. Always active in the music program, he was a member of the adult choir and handbell groups as well as an assistant director with the children's choir. Before accepting the job as Director of Music, he was heavily involved with programming for Wednesday nights. Currently he directs the church's Sanctuary Choir and Children's Choir as well as helping to lead other aspects of worship services as needed. He also currently teaches fifth grade at Oak Mountain Intermediate School in Shelby County.

Ty Thornton

Ty Thornton

Organist

Organist Ty Robert Thornton holds a B.A. in Piano Pedagogy and an M.A. in Piano Performance from Bob Jones University, where he was a student of Mr. Warren Mack. He also earned a Master of Music in musicology from Florida State University, where he earned the Certificate in Early Music and pursued doctoral studies in musicology. His post-graduate piano teachers have included Julia Benfer, Dr. John Salmon, and Robert Sherwood. He has studied both piano and harpsichord with Dr. Karyl Louwenaar, and organ with Dr. Ronald Sider. He has taught on the music faculties of Pensacola Christian College, the University of Alabama, and the Conservatory of Fine and Performing Arts at Birmingham-Southern College. In the past he has served as choir director and organist for Methodist, Episcopal, and Lutheran congregations.