Reaching Our Community
In developing the Valley Jazz Cooperative, there has been a strong sense that service to others should guide many of the choices we make. In fact, that’s one reason why Valley Jazz Cooperative ensembles are offered free of charge to participants. But beyond the educational needs of young musicians, there are other individuals and groups within our community who could use even more meaningful assistance.
Through its ongoing partnerships with the Changing Lives Center, Teen Challenge, and the Phoenix Rescue Mission, Music Serving the Word (the parent organization to the Valley Jazz Cooperative), offers assistance, guidance, and encouragement to individuals in great need. One aspiration for the Valley Jazz Cooperative is to develop similar community service components within its educational program.
If you have interest in exploring collaborative opportunities with VJC that can help enrich the lives of people in our own community, please contact Russell Schmidt. Whether it be through a benefit concert, coordinated school service projects, or some other venture, the VJC is eager to make our corner of Arizona a better place, through education, through music, and through service to our community.