St. Philip Arts & Liturgy Institute


God is revealed through the beauty of the arts and in truth. St. Philip has created the Arts & Liturgy Institute (SPALI) to offer parishioners and the local community the opportunity to explore the artistic gifts God has given them and, explore and learn about the liturgy to expand one’s life in faith and service. Blessed with an abundance of talent, SPALI enables our musicians and artists to serve the Church and help fill the need for musicians, artists, and leaders for the Church now and in the future.


To promote the Gospel by developing musicians and liturgists for St. Philip and the local community.

To deepen the faith of the faithful to become better disciples of Christ.

Course Offerings for Fall 2020

Tuition rates for private lessons are $30 per half hour lesson except for  vocal coaching sessions which are $50 per half hour. Student schedules will be based on teacher availability. Students will have at least one performance opportunity a year.

Adult Basic Musicianship Course on Zoom

For adults wanting an overview of the foundational components of music or those who want to fill in the gaps of their current knowledge base of music. Topics may be: music notation, basic chord structures, timeline history of classical music, ear training. Great for choir members, those who want to pick music back up again, or those wanting to support their new private instrument lessons. 6 one hour long classes weekly from Sept 15th through Oct 22nd. 2 class times available: Tuesdays at 6:00 pm or Thursdays at 11:00 am.

Contact Melanie Joy Alvey:

We are currently working on partnering with National Pastoral Musicians (NPM), the national organization for all pastoral musicians. Our goal is to develop and certify accompanists and instrumentalists (in addition to NPM’s current certification for cantors and Music Directors). This will enable SPALI to provide quality musicians to other parishes who are in need. For those interested in this process, please contact John Angotti at (615) 550-2834 or

TBD as we adjust for health precautions.


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Melanie Joy Alvey
Melanie Joy AlveyViolin
Melanie Joy Alvey is a contemporary violinist, composer, arranger and teacher who completed her Undergraduate Degree and Masters Degree in Commercial Performance at Belmont University.
John Angotti
John AngottiPiano
John is the Director of Music and Liturgy at St. Philip as well as a songwriter, national recording artist and speaker.
Christina Cimorelli
Christina CimorelliVoice, Performance
Christina Cimorelli is a touring singer/songwriter and performer in the band Cimorelli with her five sisters. She has released four albums and seven EPs and toured all over the US, Europe, South America, China and the Philippines.
Brian Connelly
Brian ConnellyGuitar
Brian Connelly is a singer/songwriter originally from Springfield Illinois. He moved to Nashville TN shortly after graduating cum laude from Greenville University with a B.S. in audio engineering.
Drew Givan
Drew GivanVoice
Drew has been a parishioner of St. Philip for over 20 years and is an alumnus of Father Ryan High School in Nashville. He received his Bachelor of Music in Education from Western Kentucky University,
Margaret Rose
Margaret RoseVoice
Margaret Rose received a full scholarship and graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Performance/Classical Voice from Misericordia University where she studied with Dr. Clifford Balshaw.