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Reverend Matt Gaventa
Matthew 11:15-19

A Reading from the Gospels Then they came to Jerusalem. And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling and those who were buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money …

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Ara Carapetyan

Director of Music

Ara has 60+ years of experience as a choral conductor and church musician. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, he pursued master’s and doctoral degrees in choral conducting at The University of Texas at Austin. He is a life member of American Choral Directors Association, a member of Presbyterian Association of Musicians, and the Austin Chapter of American Guild of Organists. For 20+ years he was Director of Music Ministries at Houston’s First Presbyterian Church until his retirement in November 1999. He also was founding Music Director of the Houston Masterworks Chorus. He served as interim Music Director at Atlanta’s Peachtree Presbyterian Church until January 2002 when he was appointed Music Director at Austin’s University Presbyterian Church.

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Meg McReynolds

Director of Joyful Noise Handbell Choir

Meg has been the bell director since the fall of 2006, and has been playing bells herself for over 25 years.  She loves that handbells offer the opportunity to participate musically for someone who loves music but doesn’t have confidence in her ability to sing or his ability to play a more “standard” instrument – anyone can play and make a beautiful sound.  In 2013, she was chosen to lead the Beginning Handbells/Handchimes sections for MoPAM, the Presbyterian Association of Musicians’ annual conference at MoRanch in Hunt, Texas. For her “day job,” Meg works for Charles Schwab in Quality Assurance for the retail call center. She also volunteers at the Austin Animal Center when she’s not playing with her own two dogs or hanging out with her husband, Tommy.

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Keith Womer

Organist

Keith Womer, who came to UPC in September 2016, has more than 50 years experience as organist at Sunday liturgies for nearly all religious faiths. Keith is a concert organist both in solo recitals as well as a featured performer with orchestras such as the Victoria Symphony, Saint Cecilia Festival, and La Follia Austin Baroque. He has been Director of La Follia Austin Baroque since 2004.

Born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio, Keith studied organ with Raymond Ocock of Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, and harpsichord with Will Volcker in Houston, Texas. He has won the National Federation of Music Clubs Award and the Sigma Alpha Iota Award. His recitals include performances on such historic instruments as the Walcker Organ in Methuen, Massachusetts, and the organ in Atlantic City Convention Hall. He has appeared as soloist with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and as featured artist in the Houston Harpsichord Society’s annual Presentation Concert.

In 2016, Keith was awarded the Austin Critic’s Table award in the Instrumentalist Category for his performance in the January 2016 concert “Start the New Year with Bach!”.

 

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Austin Bradley

Children's Choir Director

Baritone Austin Bradley enjoys a rising career on the opera and concert stage, and has been Children’s Choir Director at UPC since September 2016. Austin’s recent credits include Bass Soloist (Mozart’s Coronation Mass), Haman in Handel’s Esther, Schaunard (La Bohème), and the title role in Don Giovanni. In June 2016, Austin debuted with the Victoria Bach Festival in Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. Austin is a private voice teacher and substitute director at Vadegrift High School and teaches private voice lessons throughout the Eanes ISD. He has been offering private piano and voice lessons to children from five to 18 since 2010. Austin received his M.M. in Opera Performance from the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas in 2014.

Photo credit: ©Paul Sirochman Photography 2014

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