Last Week's Sermon
Comfort My People
the Reverend Rykie Marx, Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa (NGK)
Isaiah 40:1-8; 43:1-4
Readings from the Book of Isaiah Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid, that she has received from the Lord’s …
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.Email Ara Carapetyan
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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Children's Choir Director
Austin Bradley is in demand as a choral director and voice teacher in the Central Texas area. Austin currently directs the Laudate Children’s Choir at University Presbyterian Church and the children’s choir at Grandview Hills Elementary, and teaches voice at Canyon Ridge Middle School and Vandegrift High School.
Austin graduated with a Bachelor’s of Music as a Presser Music Scholar at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. During college, Mr. Bradley spent a summer studying language and performing opera in Italy. He then completed his Master’s Degree in Opera Performance at the University of Texas at Austin where he met his wife, Natalie. The two performed in several opera productions together and still perform together today. Austin and Natalie own and operate Bradley Music Studio, LLC offering voice and piano lessons to Austin-area students. Together they teach 70 voice students in the Vandegrift High School choir program.
His students have earned spots in the TMEA All-State choir and Region choirs and have won honors from SMART Opera, Sarofim Vocal Competition, Schmidt Vocal Competition, National Association of Teachers of Singing, and UIL State Solo and Ensemble. They can be seen performing with the Butler Opera Center Young Artist Program, Summer Stock Austin, NYU Musical Theater Summer Program, TexARTS, Schmidt Vocal Institute, Amphion Youth Choir, Conspirare Youth Choir, Zach Theatre’s Pre-Professional Company, and Zilker Hillside Theater.
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Assistant Music Director
Kim holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Music degree from the University of Texas. After completing her education, she worked for several years as a full-time self-employed performing and teaching musician before embarking on a lifelong career in human resources. During that time, she continued working in musical theater as a vocal coach, rehearsal and performance accompanist, and musical director. She also served as Assistant Director of Music at University Presbyterian Church from 1991 to 2003 and led the Handbell Choir from 2003 to 2005. In 2005, Kim joined Genesis Presbyterian Church as its Choir Director. After serving there for eight years, she returned to UPC in 2013, where she has been singing with the Chancel Choir and women’s quartet Miriam’s Daughters, playing handbells, and leading music for the monthly Taizé service. She has sung with community chorus Panoramic Voices (formerly Texas Choral Consort) since 2010, and is currently serving as President of its Board of Directors.