SUNDAY SCHEDULE
9:30AM Sunday School
11AM & 7PM Worship

2203 San Antonio St.
Austin, TX 78705

Our Staff

About UPC

Last Week's Sermon

Homily in Witness to the Resurrection, Linda Evans

The Reverend Matt Gaventa
Ephesians 2:12-22

audio not available A Reading from Ephesians Remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now …

Full Text   |   Sermon Archive

Music Staff

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.

Email Ara Carapetyan

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.

Email Meg McReynolds

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!”.

 

Email Keith Womer

Austin Bradley

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.

Photo credit: ©Paul Sirochman Photography 2014

Email Austin Bradley