Music at UPC
Last Week's Sermon
The Reverend Matt Gaventa
Exodus 14:10-31; 15:20-21
A Reading from the Book of Exodus As Pharaoh drew near, the Israelites looked back, and there were the Egyptians advancing on them. In great fear the Israelites cried out to the Lord. They said to Moses, ‘Was it because …
For information about any of our choirs, please contact Ara Carapetyan.
Why I Sing
As I kid I loved to sing popular songs, hymns, and silly ditties, but I hated being put in a choir. Smelly boys and being put in the wrong section were my real problems. That all changed at the end of an Easter service about 25 years ago when the choir director invited anyone to come sing the final song and my husband, Brad, grabbed my hand and said, “Let’s go sing the Hallelujah Chorus!” Surprised and slightly panicked, I said, “I’ve never sung it!” “It’s easy. You’ll be fine,” he said. I was willing to try, so I went up, took the music, and nestled into the soprano section. Fortunately, I was next to a strong soprano, who pointed to the last measures (a gentle reminder of the Grande pause), and we were off! It was amazing: The group moved and breathed together, the music was so beautiful, and we were all praising God as one. It was a magical moment, and I loved it! I just HAD to join that choir. They sang easy hymns that I knew and more difficult music that I fumbled through, mostly looking at the words, since I didn’t read music, and singing softly while I memorized my part. Still, I was hooked.
When we moved to Austin, Brad wanted a church with good preaching and I wanted a church with a good choir to join. We found UPC! I joined the choir right away, finding a strong soprano to sing next to. It wasn’t too long before Brad joined the choir too. Those evenings our two sons came with us and played with the kind caregivers, and later practiced the piano or did homework.
I found that I needed to sing for the health of my body, mind, and spirit, and I needed time to socialize with adults; the choir became family. Our sons have grown up as choir children; surrounded by music even in the womb, always welcome to come and sing, and supported in all they do in and out of the church. In addition, I have received musical and vocal training through the choir, so that now I am better at reading music, counting rhythms, and breathing.
Why do I sing in the choir? I sing because I love singing and it feels great to sing with a group of friends who laugh and have fun together, support each other, and praise God together.
Kathleen Turpin, Soprano I
Come sing with Kathleen!
Call Director of Music Ara Carapetyan at 512-795-8699 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 (High School 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!