Michael Hegeman holds a Ph.D. in Homiletics (Preaching) and New Testament Studies from Princeton Theological Seminary where he taught speech, preaching and liturgy courses for ten years. An Arizona resident since 1978, Michael graduated from Grand Canyon University (1990) with a degree in Music Education.
Michael taught music at the First Presbyterian Academy, formerly housed in the Historic First Presbyterian Church (Phoenix). Michael has also taught in China and Israel/Palestine and is a composer of choral music, having just recently had new choral works premiered at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City and the Berlin Cathedral in Germany.
Currently, Michael teaches courses in Spiritual Studies and frequently lectures on diverse topics dealing with faith and religion around the Phoenix metropolitan area. Michael has been a member of the Phoenix Symphony Chorus for the past eleven years and is currently the managing director of the Pinnacle Concert Series at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church.
Why I Serve PGC
When I first heard the Girls Chorus I was astounded. Such a sound! Such poise and professionalism! These girls brought dignity and excellence to their performance. The setting was Phoenix Symphony Hall for the annual Holiday Pops program. I was sitting on stage myself, as a member of the Phoenix Symphony Chorus, and when the girls came on stage, I was deeply moved by their musicianship and the authenticity with which they performed. I’ve been in the Symphony Chorus for years, singing Holiday Pops year after year. The girls of PGC brought a freshness of spirit to a set of performances that could often feel dull and repetitive for the adults. What a difference to be inspired by young people so dedicated to the art and craft of music making.
Since that time I have gotten more directly involved with the girls chorus, being invited to join the board, on which I’ve served for the last three years. What a great opportunity to see this organization in action: not only teaching musicianship, but developing young leaders with character and initiative. The girls are supported, not only by dedicated families, but by a skilled and caring, professional staff, and a board that seeks to sustain and increase the mission of the chorus to “cultivate, inspire, and empower young women to find their voice through world-class music education and performance.”
Working to build community awareness and support for this “world-class” chorus is a labor of love and respect: love for the music, respect for many hands behind each girl that performs which support, encourage, shape and empower these future leaders and artists. Join us in this important and transformational work!