The Verde Valley Voices is a non profit organization whose mission is to promote artistic self-expression through the choral music experience in a non audition ensemble for all ages, and offers the creative process of making music in fellowship, musicianship, and choral music performances for the greater Verde Valley community.
Organized in 1997, we are a community chorus comprised of singers of all ages and occupations from Cottonwood and the surrounding communities in the greater Verde Valley. Our common goal is to grow collectively as an organization and individually as choral singers.
We have an average membership of 100 singers. We sing a variety of music, including major works such as Handel’s Messiah, Broadway show tunes, music from around the world, and works by local composers.
We present two concerts each year: one during the holiday season, and the other in late spring. Frequently, we perform at community festivals and assisted-living facilities in the Verde Valley.
Our concerts continue to show our diversity and offer interesting and inspiring music to the local community. Each concert also features local musicians. The Cottonwood Community Band and adult or children’s choirs are sometimes added to complement the Verde Valley Voices and provide a quality choral music performance.
The Verde Valley Voices rehearse on Tuesday nights from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 700 N Bill Gray Road, Cottonwood, AZ 86326. Please stop by if you would like to join!
Joy Simons Music Director and Conductor
Joy graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor’s in Music Education. While she was in college, Joy held a choir director position at Harrisonburg United Methodist Church. Joy has been involved in music ever since, teaching in public schools, working for churches, and leading community choirs – large and small.
Joy has lived in the Verde Valley since 1988 and has been active in the music community. She has taught at Mingus Union High School and Yavapai College. Additionally, Joy has worked for the Verde Valley Concert Association as their Executive Director, and previously held the position of Director of Music at St. Thomas Episcopal Church for 25 years. During this time, Joy has recorded several CDs and has directed and sung in several small community groups. Most recently, in 2001, Joy graduated from NAU with a Masters of Music.
Joy currently lives in Cottonwood with two dogs and two cats. “My ‘family’ has learned the secret to happiness at our house – don’t complain when mommy is practicing her music!”
Nancy Bright Pianist
Nancy has been the accompanist for The Verde Valley Voices for 13 years. Often heard performing or accompanying, she enjoys a wide variety of musical opportunities throughout the Verde Valley. Currently, Nancy is the Pianist, Organist and Choir Director at Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church where she has served for 20 years. She is also the Organist at Immaculate Conception Catholic Parish and Accompanist for the Verde Baptist Church choir.
Nancy received her music and business degrees from Arizona State University, graduating Cum Laude. She remains very active in accompanying instrumentalists, vocalists, ensembles and choirs in schools, churches and special programs in the community. She is often called on for her expertise at weddings and memorial services. Nancy has been the Pianist in many productions for several theatre companies, school productions, recitals and fundraising concerts. She has extensive experience as a solo keyboardist and after many requests has produced her own CDs.
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Verde Valley Voices, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization and welcomes your tax deductible donation (tax deductible within the limits of the law). Donations are used to cover the costs of purchasing music, hall rental, and other operating expenses.
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