Christmas Eve and Christmas Services

church with wreathSt. Philip’s In The Hills is a large Episcopal church on the northeast corner of River Road and Campbell Avenue, with a beautiful Joesler-designed structure and lovely grounds.

A large number of people attend services on Christmas Eve. We offer five services on Christmas Eve (3:30, 5, 7, 9, and 11 p.m.) and two on Christmas Day (7:45 and 10 a.m.). Services are approximately one hour in length.

live-nativity-2At 3:20 p.m., music begins, which leads into the 3:30 p.m. Family Eucharist Service, a communion service especially designed for toddlers and preschoolers and their families. Participants will reenact the Christmas story, based on a story by Jerome W. Berryman. Music will feature the Cherub and St. Cecilia Choirs (young children’s choirs), with organ and trumpet. The service is followed by a live Nativity scene in the church plaza, reenacted by children and a young family from St. Philip’s.

At 4:50 p.m., music begins, which leads into a Family Eucharist Service at 5 p.m., a Holy Eucharist service for school-aged children and their families. Participants will reenact the Christmas story, based on a story by Jerome W. Berryman. Music is provided by the St. Cecilia Choir and St. Nicholas Choir (children’s and youth choirs), with trumpet, handbells, and organ, as well as congregational carol singing.

7pm candlelightThe 7 p.m. Candlelit Eucharist with Carols is preceded by music beginning at 6:50. This quiet, reflective Choral Eucharist service is rooted in the Anglican Lessons & Carols tradition. It includes carols sung by the St. Nicholas Choir and Schola Cantorum; also harp and popular carols for congregational singing.

The 9 and 11 p.m. Festival Eucharist services begin with music 10 minutes before the hour. The service music is Sparrow Mass, K. 220, by W. A. Mozart, scored for choir, soloists, and chamber orchestra. There will also be handbells and popular carols for congregational singing. The 11 p.m. service includes the lavish use of incense, as a reflection of the birth of Christ as one of the moments in which history broke open and the world became something new.

As we mark the coming of Divine Love among us in the form of a babe, the Crèche draws our eye not only to one baby’s reality but to the very human realities of countless others to whom God would draw our eyes — those without home, hope, or haven. With that in mind and in heart, St. Philip’s will give the monies we collect tonight to serve children in need in our community. This is an act of faith, hope, and love. Please be generous with your offerings.

late service celebrateOn Sunday, Christmas Day, there will be a Rite I Eucharist at 7:45 a.m. Congregational carol singing beginning at 9:50 a.m. will precede the 10 a.m. Feast of the Nativity, which is a Holy Eucharist Rite II service with choir and well-loved congregational carols.

The public is cordially invited to attend. Worshippers on Christmas Eve should be aware that they will be waiting in line outdoors and should dress accordingly. Those who want to minimize waiting in line may wish to consider attending the less crowded services, at 3:30, 5, or 11 p.m. or on Christmas Day. We welcome everyone seeking to celebrate the birth of Jesus by worshipping with us.

St. Philip’s is located at 4440 N. Campbell Avenue at River Road. The main parking lot is to the north of the Church. Although there will be security on site, it is advisable not to leave belongings in vehicles. For more information about St. Philip’s, please see

Financial Peace University

dave-ramsey-class-2Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU) is coming to St. Philip’s in 2017. No matter where you are with your money, this nine-week class will teach you to create a budget, pay off debt, spend and save wisely, and so much more! A weekly lesson is presented by Dave Ramsey via video, followed by small group discussion. Fr. Peter Helman will facilitate the sessions, which average 90 minutes to two hours. Childcare will be available with an advance request. Refreshments will be provided for the first session and plans will be made for subsequent nourishment.

Our first session will begin on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 12:45 in the Children’s Chapel. The class materials cost $93 and include a lifetime membership in FPU if you ever feel the need for a refresher course. We have purchased the materials in bulk and are offering them at a better price than buying individually online. If the subject is of interest, don’t let the cost get in the way. Contact the Parish Administrator at to discuss a payment plan or possible scholarship.

Participants can register by clicking here. Class materials will be available from the Parish Administrator during the week or at the first session.

Dia de Los Muertos and All Souls Memorial Service

all souls ofrenda 2012El Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is an event celebrated in many Latin American countries, particularly in Mexico. The Day of the Dead is a time to remember and honor the deceased and is usually characterized by ofrendas, which are shrines or altars constructed to present offerings to the spirits. Since Dia de los Muertos is considered to be a celebration of eternal life rather than a sad event, ofrendas usually reflect whimsical portrayals of the dead as they were when they were living.

St. Philip’s In The Hills invites you to remember your departed loved ones by contributing to an ofrenda, which will be set up in the Columbarium Garden at St. Philip’s through November 2. Photographs, meaningful objects, and memorabilia are all suitable offerings. Objects may be placed on the ofrenda any time the office is open (Mondays through Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).

The ofrenda will be used in conjunction with St. Philip’s All Souls’ Day memorial service on November 2. In the Anglican Communion, All Souls’ Day is the traditional time to remember loved ones who have died. On Wednesday, November 2, we will celebrate All Souls’ Day with a special Memorial Eucharist at 7:00 p.m. Particular attention will be given to remembering those who have died within the past two years, but we will celebrate all of our loved ones enjoying eternal life in the nearer presence of God. We invite families to remember their loved ones by lighting one of the votive candles found outside the church door prior to the service and placing it on the altar.


The service concludes with a candlelit procession into the Columbarium Garden for prayers around the ofrenda. Afterwards, the celebration of life continues with a festive reception.


For more information, please contact Stella Lopez (299-6421 or St. Philip’s is located at 4440 N. Campbell Avenue at River Road. Ample parking is available in the north parking lot or under our solar parking structure on the east side. The Columbarium Garden is located to the west of the main Church building. The office phone is 299-6421.

The Romantic Century – Great Organ Masterworks of Germany & France

jeffrey-campbellSt. Philip’s Friends of Music kicks off its 21st concert season on Sunday, October 30, at 2 p.m. in the Church with The Romantic Century – Great Organ Masterworks of Germany & France. To celebrate the beginning of Dr. Jeffrey Campbell’s 16th year as Associate Music Director and principal organist at St. Philip’s In The Hills, he explores the captivating late-Romantic musical language of Louis Vierne, Max Rogers, and Camille Saint-Saens. Tucson Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Lauren Rustad Roth joins Dr. Campbell for a rare performance of Josef Rheinberger’s eloquent Sonata for Violin and Organ — a truly sonic celebration of the royal instrument.

Suggested admission for this concert is $15 (students free with ID).

rothThe mission of Friends of Music is to enrich the musical experience of the parish and community through events such as concerts, outreach, education, scholarships, commissions, and support of special musical events. For more information see the Friends of Music web site or call 520.222.7277

St. Philip’s is located at 4440 N. Campbell Avenue at River Road. Ample parking is available in the north parking lot or under the solar parking structure on the east side. The Friends of Music phone number is (520) 222-7277.



Jeffrey Campbell has distinguished himself throughout North America as an organ recitalist, choral conductor, and clinician. A graduate of both the University of British Columbia and Northwestern University in Chicago, Dr. Campbell has specialized in the interpretation of Bach’s organ and choral music, as well as English and French romantic repertoire. Since August 2001, he has been Associate Music Director and principal organist at the Episcopal Church of St. Philip’s In The Hills, Tucson, where, among other duties, he is responsible for organ music and choral accompaniments as part of a large multi-generational music program. He has accompanied numerous choral groups, soloists and instrumental ensembles throughout Southern Arizona. Recent engagements have included performances on the Fritts organ at St. Alban’s in Tucson, the Evensong Recital series at All Saints, Phoenix, and the new Quimby organ at Catalina United Methodist Church.

Lauren Rustad Roth is concertmaster of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and was named Assistant Professor of Violin at the University of Arizona in 2013. Previous to these positions, she was concertmaster of the Canton Symphony. In May 2013, Ms. Roth earned a Master of Music degree for the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of William Preucil, concertmaster of The Cleveland Orchestra. She was a member of the Cleveland Pops orchestra and a substitute with The Cleveland Orchestra.

A native of Seattle, Ms. Roth received a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Italian studies from the University of Washington, where she was a student of Professor Ron Patterson. During that time, she served as concertmaster of the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra, Thalia Symphony, Marrowstone Festival Orchestra, and the UW Symphony.

Ms. Roth has appeared as soloist with the Thalia Symphony, Canton Symphony, Sierra Vista Symphony, and the Tucson Symphony. In 2013 she attended the Tanglewood Music Center and received the Jules C. Reiner Violin Prize. An avid teacher and chamber musician, Ms. Roth was an adjunct faculty member at Holy Names Academy in Seattle. She has served on the faculty of Icicle Creek Music Center, International Lyric Academy in Italy, Prague Summer Nights, and she joined the faculty of the Marrowstone Music Festival in 2014. Ms. Roth has performed at the San Juan Island Chamber Music series, Lexington Bach festival, Mainly Mozart festival, St. Andrew’s Bach Society, and Tanglewood Music center and has collaborated and performed with renowned artists including Christoph von Dohnányi, Charles Dutoit, Ron Patterson, William Preucil, Martin Chalifour, André Watts and Lynn Harrell.

Blessing of the Animals Service

bless of animals3The community is invited to join parishioners at 9 a.m. on Sunday, October 23, to celebrate one of Tucson’s favorite Blessing of the Animals services. The service will be held in the church plaza of St. Philip’s In The Hills Episcopal Church. This observance was begun more than 35 years ago and continues to be one of the most popular events of the church year. It celebrates the loving relationship shared by humans and their pets, with opportunities to give thanks for the blessings animals give to us. Readings and prayers focus on the wonders of our world and our responsibility as humans to be good stewards of God’s creation. All types of animals are welcome at this service. Participants are asked to keep their pets appropriately restrained. (This service does not include communion. The usual Rite II Eucharist will take place in the Church, also at 9 a.m.)

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The public is cordially invited to attend the service. A freewill offering will be collected.

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St. Philip’s is located at 4440 N. Campbell Avenue at River Road. Ample parking is available in the north parking lot, or under our solar parking structure on the east side. The office phone number is 299-6421.

Summer Sizzlers Concert: Jason Carder Trio Plays Our Favorites

jason-carder-smallerSt. Philip’s In The Hills Friends of Music will present the final concert of its popular Summer Sizzler Series on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. in the Church.  Jason Carder Trio, composed of three charismatic musicians—Jason Carder, Jeff Haskell, and Brice Winston—all with international reputations, will perform a concert of jazz standards.

As from their recent album release, Enough Said, Jason Carder Trio will perform songs drawn from both beautiful melodies and common hymns which together create a unique window into our nation’s musical history.  They span the period from the 1500s to 1967, and most have a link to the American South.  With touring demands of each performer prohibiting a regular local performing schedule, this is a must-see opportunity.

jeff-haskell2The suggested concert admission is $20 per person. The mission of Friends of Music is to enrich the musical experience of the parish and community through events such as concerts, outreach, education, scholarships, commissions, and support of special musical events.

St. Philip’s is located at 4440 N. Campbell Avenue at River Road. Ample parking is available in the north parking lot or under our solar parking structure on the east side. For more information see or call (520) 222-7277.


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Trumpeter Jason Carder’s dynamic personality and nimble talent allow him to move fluidly from intimate jazz clubs to concert stages before audiences of thousands. As Yanni’s solo trumpeter since 2008, Carder has performed all over the world as well as recorded four live DVDs: Yanni Voices Live at the Forum at Mundo Imperial, Yanni Live at El Morro, Yanni World With Borders and Dream Concert at the Pyramids of Giza.

Jason has toured with a diverse lineup of artists since 1989 including Ray Charles, Arturo Sandoval, the Jaco Pastorius (Word of Mouth) Big Band, Woody Herman Orchestra, Maynard Ferguson, Paul Anka, Frank Sinatra Jr., K.C. and the Sunshine Band, Dr John, the Original Wildcat Jass Band and the Denver based H2 Big band.

Carder has also contributed his talent to more than one hundred CDs. His most recent is the Latin Grammy winner for best instrumental album Mamblue by Dr. Ed Calle (2015). Other notable albums are Sky Blue by Maria Schneider which was nominated for two Grammy Awards, Arturo Sandoval’s Rumba Palace, Americana, and the Grammy Award-winning Hot House. Jason released his debut CD Coming Home on the New Vintage record label in 2011 and has continued his collaboration with Jeff Haskell by releasing his latest effort, Enough Said in 2014.

Jason grew up in Arizona and studied music at Interlochen Arts Academy and University of Miami, with adjunct positions at Mannes School of Music and Florida International University.  Jason is currently an instructor in Jazz Studies at the Fred Fox School of Music at the University of Arizona and the Tucson Jazz Institute.

When pianist/arranger/conductor Jeff Haskell sits down at the piano, something inventive and inspired happens. The word eclectic doesn’t even begin to describe his amazing musical dexterity.

Haskell’s professional credentials are as varied and vast as his musical talent. He began his jazz career as a scat-singing boy soprano in Philadelphia. At age 12, he sang and played saxophone professionally, adding the organ a year later. Soon thereafter, Haskell immersed himself in jazz studies with pianist Ray Smythe and organist Jackie Davis, and at age 16, was jamming with saxophonist Lew Tabackin.

The first winner of the first American Collegiate jazz festival (Villanova), Haskell soon went on to play in Europe with flute great Jeremy Steig and trumpet legend Chet Baker. Haskell has won three Los Angeles Emmy Awards for his work on the much celebrated children’s TV program, “Dusty’s Treehouse”, and critics praised his theme and underscore for the “IT Show” for ABC, for which he received a Los Angeles Emmy nomination. Some of his recent Hollywood music includes arrangements on two Linda Ronstadt albums, cues for “Dudley Do-Right” and “Fight Club”. Locally, you can hear his work every half-hour in the 4-note station ID for KUAT-TV.

“Pastiche Americana”, a composition written for chorus and orchestra, was performed by The Little Orchestra in Lincoln Center. His “Concerto for Jazz Band and Orchestra” debuted with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. And he conducted the world premiere of Billy Taylor’s suite for jazz trio and big band, “Fiesta In Tucson”. He may be the only person ever hired by the Tucson Symphony in the roles of pianist/conductor, arranger/orchestrator, and vocalist (tenor).

A veteran of hundreds of “jingles”, he has orchestrated an album for UP WITH PEOPLE!, has recorded a legendary synthesizer album for Capitol Records, and has served as music director, arranger and conductor for country music legend Buck Owens, with whom he recently completed an album with the Bakersfield Symphony.

Haskell received a B.A. in Music Education from West Chester University (PA) and a Masters in Theory from the University of Arizona. While studying for a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Composition from the University of Arizona, he served as the second Director of the Tucson Boys Chorus, which continues to perform extensively in the U.S. and abroad. He recently retired as a professor of music at the University of Arizona, although he has not retired from gigs, writing assignments, and studio dates.

Brice Winston is an American born saxophonist and composer currently living in Tucson, AZ. After attending school at the University of New Orleans, he initially stepped out with trumpeter Nicholas Payton before joining forces with Grammy Award winning trumpeter/composer Terence Blanchard. Brice’s 16-year residency in New Orleans and his association with Blanchard  has afforded him the opportunity to record and/or perform with some of the greatest musicians in jazz, including Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland, Ellis Marsalis, Lionel Loueke, Robert Glasper, Aaron Parks, Marcus Miller, Dizzie Gillespie, Branford Marsalis, Nneena Freelon, Dianne Reeves, Brian Blade, Patty Austin, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Mark Whitfield, Mark Turner, and Eric Harland, among others. Brice appears as a composer and a performer on numerous Blanchard film scores and CD releases, including his latest effort, Magnetic.

Brice is also one of the co-owners of the Tucson Jazz Institute (TJI) Community Music School in Tucson, AZ. TJI focuses primarily on teaching jazz to middle and high school students in and around southern Arizona. TJI’s ensembles have earned national and international recognition, with its Ellington Band winning the Essentially Ellington competition in New York at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and earning the top high school jazz band title from Downbeat Magazine.

Brice has spent a considerable amount of time on education, appearing as a guest clinician for such prestigious programs as the Thelonious Monk Institute for jazz and the Henry Mancini Institute for jazz, in addition to appearing as a guest artist and clinician at various universities and colleges.

Summer Sizzlers Concert: Tucson Latin Jazz Nonet

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St. Philip’s In The Hills Friends of Music presents the third of four concerts of their popular Summer Sizzler Series. On Sunday, August 21, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. in the Church, Tucson Latin Jazz Nonet will perform Afro-Cuban-Caribbean flavored jazz, with music mostly by Bill Cunliffe, Oscar Hernannez, Eddie Palmieri, and Amilcar Guevara.

In the early 1990s, the Tucson Jazz Society sponsored its own Tucson Latin Jazz Orchestra, which was quite successful for a few years. However, the size of the group and the departure of Luis Torres in 1997 made the continuation of the orchestra difficult. In 2014, Amilcar Guevara and Homero Cerón thought of starting a group that would have some of the same elements of the former Tucson Latin Jazz Orchestra but with fewer players, hence the birth of the Tucson Latin Jazz Nonet. The group does mainly Afro-Cuban music with a few Puerto Rican and Southeastern Mexican influenced numbers. It is all-instrumental, and improvised solos are a main staple.

Personnel include Rick Peron, trumpet/flugelhorn; Mike Moynihan, saxes/flute; Rob Boone, trombone; Sal Lopez, trombone; Homero Cerón, vibes; Amilcar Guevara, piano; Joaquin Zamudio, electric bass; Dave Walton, congas; and Danny Brito, drum set.

Summer Sizzler Series’ final concert will be on September 18 at 2 p.m. offering Jason Carder Trio with Jeff Haskell on piano and Brice Winston on saxophone presenting jazz standards.

The suggested concert admission is $20 per person. The mission of Friends of Music is to enrich the musical experience of the parish and community through events such as concerts, outreach, education, scholarships, commissions, and support of special musical events.

St. Philip’s is located at 4440 N. Campbell Avenue at River Road. Ample parking is available in the north parking lot or under our solar parking structure on the east side. For more information click here or call (520) 222-7277.

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Homero Cerón
, concert percussionist. Based in Tucson, Homero has lived a diverse life as a percussionist. Starting in the music business as a 12 year old drummer in Monterrey, Mexico, he went on to study music in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the mid 70s followed by graduate work at the University of Arizona. He has played: drums/vibes/timpani and orchestral percussion in many different settings — from small jazz combos to symphony orchestras, ballet, opera, and in the orchestra pit of numerous touring shows. He has appeared as a soloist on marimba/vibraphone and percussion with various chamber groups including the Tucson Symphony and Tucson Pops Orchestras. Homero presently is the Principal Percussionist of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and freelances as a marimba, vibraphone, and steel drum soloist as well as small groups in jazz and chamber music. He is also is co-director of the Tucson Latin Jazz Nonet, an ensemble that specializes in Afro-Cuban jazz.

Amilcar Guevara, pianist, arranger, composer, and producer, was born in Central America (El Salvador) into a family with a musical background based in traditional Latin music. After many years of learning, playing and experimenting with all different kinds of music, he has developed a versatile approach to his playing and his composition. In recent years he has been living in Tucson, Arizona and has worked as musical director of “Salsa” and “Charanga” bands — “Charanga” being a traditional Cuban style of music and dance. He also continues to pursue his interest in Latin jazz with his own Quartet. He has completed a recording, Tan Cerca, Tan Lejos (So Close, Yet So Far), which combines all the elements of his musical background and experience into a fusion of jazz with Brazilian and Caribbean rhythms. The arranging, performing, and producing talents he developed while working for recording studios in Guatemala have been applied to recording projects he has recently completed. These include a CD for the Tucson Latin Jazz Orchestra, the music for an instructional video of Latin dance aerobics, and CDs for individual performing artists in Tucson and Albuquerque.