Vicki Giardina

Sing to God, sing in praise of his name, extol him who rides on the clouds; rejoice before him—His name is Lord.

Psalm 68 4

 

Vicki is a native of Arizona and was always drawn to music from a very young age.  Her first memory of music was when she learned “Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam”. This moment started her on a path where music would consistently be a golden thread in the tapestry of her life.  During her formative years in music leadership, while she was still in her teens, she participated in church and school choirs, conducted church choir was a regular soloist in the community.

 

Vicki was always drawn to Christmas music and the story of Jesus’ birth.  When her daughters, Stephanie and Laurie, were 5 and 8 she created music activities for them by teaming up with a lyricist and composing Christmas music that they could sing. They recorded the original songs in her home studio.  This garnered attention leading to multiple public performances which included schools and community centers. The experience of creation and production of original music motivated her to compose the music for a children’s musical, Christmas Goes Galactic, published by CPP/Belwin (later purchased by Warner Brothers). With no formal music education Vicki’s desire was to seek a more thorough music knowledge. She had a life changing opportunity to study composition and theory with Jack Elton, Emmy award winning music director for The Carol Burnett Show.  Jack encouraged her to go to college to study voice, composition, conducting and theory. Vicki’s dream was to receive a university education and to be the first college graduate in her family which she achieved in 1998 (Bachelors) and in 2003 (Masters) from Arizona State University.

 

While in the first semester of her Masters degree studies at ASU, Vicki was hired as Adjunct Professor at Mesa Community College.  In her 22 years as an Adjunct professor at Mesa Community College, Vicki has had an opportunity to teach private and class voice, theory, conduct vocal ensembles and choirs, and to teach a variety of music humanities classes.

 

As Vicki advanced in her classical voice training at ASU she was hired as the Soprano soloist with The Mesa Symphony, Scottsdale Symphony, Symphony of the Southwest, and churches in the greater Phoenix metropolis for oratorios including:  Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Rutter’s Magnificat, Rutter’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Bach’s Magnificat, and Dubois’, The Seven Last Words of Christ. 

 

Most recently, always striving to expand her musical knowledge, Vicki is honored to have the opportunity to study conducting with her mentor, Dr. David Thye. Vicki has a love for people and a heart for music ministry. Her desire is to serve well in ministry, pray with those who are sick or grieving, encourage and love the lost, to go beyond the church walls and give hope in a hurting world by declaring the message of Christ through music. 

 

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