VILLAGE ARTS ALLIANCE
The Village Arts Alliance exists to support and promote the performing arts in our community by providing support for not-for-profit musical ensembles.
Kansas City Wind Symphony
The Kansas City Wind Symphony is an auditioned 54-piece wind ensemble in residence at Village Church. Their mission is to present professional quality performances of the best in wind ensemble and band repertoire while providing a quality performance experience for adult instrumental musicians. Conducted by Dr. Langston Hemenway, the ensemble presents five public concerts annually at Village Church, performs throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area and occasionally travels to out of state venues for performances, including a 2009 appearance at Carnegie Hall.
In September of 2011, the Kansas City Wind Symphony was selected to perform at the Grand Opening of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City – the only area wind group to appear on the program. In 2013, the ensemble returned to Kauffman Center, presenting their 15th Anniversary Gala “Classical Meets Jazz” with Kansas City jazz great Bobby Watson.
The ensemble is open to any member of the community through competitive auditions. Audition information may be found on their website. Click here for more information.
Te Deum is a semi-professional chamber vocal ensemble dedicated to the performance of sacred choral music. Their excellent artistry and compelling programming offers an inspiring experience to all who listen. Directed by Matthew Christopher Shepard, Te Deum presents sacred choral music that is both musically gratifying and spiritually stirring. Through the development of new audiences for sacred music at the highest levels of refinement and beauty, Te Deum uncovers a distinct niche for outstanding sacred choral music in Kansas City. The ensemble performs regularly at Village and at other venues in the Kansas City area.
The ensemble consists of highly trained musicians who have both the ability and the desire to produce a choral product that aligns with the vision of Te Deum. Singers are chosen through selective auditions. Click here for more information.
Kansas City Baroque Consortium
Kansas City Baroque Consortium was formed in 2009. Its mission is to bring together local and regional professional musicians with a love and interest in exploring historically informed performances of Baroque and Early Music. Performing on period instruments and period reconstructed instruments, KCBC members are frequent collaborators with area choruses and vocal ensembles, including Village Chamber Choir and Te Deum Chamber Choir.
EDUCATION OUTREACH MINISTRY
The Village Arts Alliance Education Outreach Ministry works to enrich the musical experiences of urban-core school children.
This new ministry of Village Church so far has partnered with music educators at Faxon Elementary School, Nowlin Middle School and Van Horn High School. As this ministry evolves, we look forward to all kinds of creative partnerships which bring together musicians from diverse backgrounds and neighborhoods, and provide resources to enhance the extraordinary teaching of educators working in challenging settings.
In its first year, the Education Outreach Ministry has made these things possible:
Contact Will Breytspraak, director of Music Ministry, for more information.
Director of Music Ministry