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The Reverend Matt Gaventa
Ephesians 2:12-22

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For information about any of our choirs, please contact Ara Carapetyan.


Why I Sing

I don’t recall ever making a decision on the matter. I don’t remember not singing. Before I started elementary school, Mrs. Walker, my Sunday School teacher and the preacher’s wife, asked me to sing in the Christmas program. At the designated time, I stepped up onto the platform. I locked my gaze on my toes. I sang Frosty the Snowman. I don’t remember much else about it.

When I started elementary school, I joined the school choir as soon as I could, third grade, as I recall. Then I was in choir in Jr. High School, High School, and, College. My church growing up didn’t have a children’s choir. I started singing in the church chancel choir while I was in Jr. High. There was then a period I didn’t sing in an organized choir. While on active duty in the service, I didn’t attend church.

Back in Texas a few years later, a beautiful daughter came into our lives. I felt she had to be raised in a church family. When Grannie Fry heard we were going back to church, she scolded me, “God gave you a gift, you have to share it.” So going back to church meant singing in the church choir. I’ve sung in church choirs and community choirs since.

So, I sing because it is very satisfying to be part of a meaningful worship service. I know my singing doesn’t touch anyone in the congregation individually. But I also know most in the congregation are touched by our entire choral effort.

And, I sing because Grannie Fry told me to.

-Jay Brees

Come sing with Jay!

Call Director of Music Ara Carapetyan at 512-709-8699 or speak with any choir member. The Chancel Choir rehearses Wednesdays from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday mornings in the chancel at 10:15 a.m. You’ll be most welcome!

Chancel Choir (College Age and Up)

Led by Director of Music Ara Carapetyan, the choir rehearses downstairs in the Choir Room on Wednesdays from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Performing at the Sunday morning service, the choir is supported by section leaders who are students from the University of Texas at Austin. Music ranges from gospel to classical, a cappella or accompanied by piano or pipe organ. Annual retreats and concerts with local churches and organizations foster strong bonds and special musical opportunities in addition to Sunday worship. Check UPC’s Calendar for up-to-date practice schedules and concerts.

Laudate Children’s Choir

Our children’s choir, directed by Austin Bradley, is open to first through seventh grade students. Children rehears Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m. in Room 210, Upper Level, then join in the Big Hello! in the Youth Room next door at 10:00 a.m.

The Laudate Choir sings in worship several times a year, learning to lead through song. Come sing with us!