Roderick Phipps-Kettlewell,
Director of Music

I joined the Valley staff in October 2016. Prior to this I have worked in countless other organizations, including churches. I have been successful in my career by being able to see new possibilities and leading these possibilities to realities. I am excited to do the same here at Valley.

I have a very musically-inclined educational background, which includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Musicology and Musical Analysis from the University of Southampton in England. I also have a Master’s Degree in Piano Accompaniment from Juilliard School of Music in New York, and a Certificate of Advanced Studies from Guildhall School of Music and Dram in London. I use my educational experiences to help teach others how to communicate deeply through music. I am a big believer in making a difference in the world through art.

My wife, Marilene, and I have an adult daughter, Miranda. When I'm not creating music, you might find me hiking in the woods, visiting museums, attending theater and concerts or just sitting quietly reading poetry. Or — you just may find me on the squash court: I just happen to be a two-time state doubles champion!