Music at UPC
Last Week's Sermon
For information about any of our choirs, please contact Ara Carapetyan.
Why I Sing
It is hard to express the feeling when you finally get the note right, the timing is confident, you are immersed in a sea of sound, and the harmony is impeccable. You truly lose yourself, though you are part of the sound. You are part of something larger, greater. Harmony with others, in a simple duet, a choir, band or orchestra, when it is right is not just a great source of satisfaction, but also of energy you give to each other and all who listen.
People say, when they hear a truth spoken, “that just struck a chord in me.” When a string on a piano is played, if there is another piano close by, the same string starts to vibrate and play. I used to teach physics, so I know this to be true. That is the nature of the physical universe we live in. There is a spiritual dimension that is somehow similar, I believe. There is a transfer of energy, joy giving and up lifting, that comes from harmony. Since I first experienced that in childhood, I have been lucky to find good choirs. Good choirs make you better. UPC choir was a little daunting to me at first because I was rusty. The music seemed to challenging. But I was so warmly welcomed! There’s no judgment. If you can sing, you will get better. You can lean on your section leader for a while. Like me, you’ll find you receive more than you give. That’s the nature of God’s universe.
The last and most personal reason to sing in the UPC choir is the people. I now feel I am a part of a special “congregation,” one who serves, side-by-side with some of the most remarkable and wonderful people you can be around: part of the whole UPC, but a special part. And believe me when I tell you, as a would-be musician, there is no better experience than to learn at the feet of a true master, one who almost miraculously brings us together musically to serve the Church.
Thank you, Ara Carapetyan!
– Marcus Corley, Bass I
Come sing with Marcus!
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!