It is with great joy and enthusiasm that we are sharing with you Mr. Phil Clary, our new Music Director of the Indian Hill Church! After much thought, prayer, feedback from the search committee, and references calls, we believe that Phil will lead us in to the future with energy, creativity and a fresh new vision. Phil’s first Sunday will be Rally Day (August 27, 2017), so please make plans to attend and welcome Phil!
Confirmed in the Episcopal Church, Phil comes to us with experience serving in several denominations, the last 18 years of which being on staff at St. Timothy’s in Anderson Twp. He is energized by the unique challenges of a dual denomination congregation, and is looking forward to getting better connected with the Presbyterian tradition. Phil will continue to teach in the Music Department at Indian Hill High School, where he is well-known to many families in the congregation. He is also also visible in the community as a singer in the Cincinnati Fusion Ensemble and as the Artistic Director of the Cincinnati Choral Society. CCS will make Indian Hill Church its new home. Phil is coming to IHC with his fiancee, Erin, who will be singing in our Adult Choir. Phil and Erin enjoy travel, theater, coffee, good food and wine, and are active in hosting foreign exchange students with YFU (Youth for Understanding).
After many conversations with Phil, it is clear that he has a real vision for our music program. Indian Hill Church is in a new place as a congregation, choir and music department. We have had amazing talented directors in Tibby and Brenda, but quite honestly, the modern-day church is different and changing, and it is time for us to embrace that change and move into the future. We need new voices and additional church choir members – we believe there are church members who have gifts for music that are not being utilized and we hope they feel inspired to share their talents!
We are excited about what the future will hold with our music program and are excited about Phil Clary and what he brings to us. His vision will impact our music ministry and make its imprint on the congregation, the village and the wider Cincinnati music community.
We want to thank the Music Director Search Committee: Jane Bennett, Eliza Gantt, Lisa Kircher, Rob Lewis, David Park, Bob Rhoad, Whitley Schoeny, Katie Sullivan, Jennifer Taylor, Jocelyn Tozier, and Barb VanderLaan.
Along with the rest of the staff, we are very excited to work with Phil and have a great amount of enthusiasm for the future of our music ministry and the church!
George & Stephen