Music

“Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord.”
— Ephesians 5:19

Our music programs provide opportunities for people to express their faith, grow in their talents, and joyfully share scripture through heartfelt praise that inspires, strengthens, and encourages all.

Our Director

Sandy Rubright is Director of Music Ministries at Unity Presbyterian Church in Greentree, where she directs 3 choirs, organizes a monthly Recital Series, conducts monthly hymnsings and is the organist. Sandy has conducted Children’s Choirs since the 70’s, worked with the Children’s Festival Chorus and has participated as clinician for various Chorister’s Guild events. She also conducts a Community Children’s Choir east of Pittsburgh, W. PA. Music and Arts Academy.  Even though she has a Masters in Music Education, she is never done learning; hence, she has just completed her 2ndyear of Children Choir Certification through Choristers Guild

Chancel Choir

This group of individuals share choral literature from many genres.  They will sing Psalm 23 by John Rutter one Sunday and Over My Head by John Bell the next!  Again, Sandy always has something lurking in the air that is fun and engaging.   The Chancel Choir shares the responsibility of music making with the Children, Choirchimes and Instrumentalists in creating a palette of diverse music making and collaboratively. The choir has a wealth of large works and sometimes invites a guest conductor, so Sandy can remain at the organ.Choir pic2

COMMUNITY Children’s Choir

On Thursdays from 4:15-5:00, a fun-loving group of young people meet to engage in musical games and activities to build on the musical foundation of choral singing. Grades 2-5 sing at least once a month from September through May.  Through Orff instruments and Kodaly teaching, the ensemble learns about singing choral octavos in-tune, singing literature that is diverse.  Our choral opportunities involve singing with other ensembles a few times during the year, as well as our own compositions. We sing at one another’s churches and for community events. Come, join our fun!

CHOIRCHIME Ensemble

This group of ringers rehearse each Wednesday from 6-7:00 pm from September through May.  They play as an ensemble, as well as accompany other choirs in the church.  This fine group of ringers works to become more fluent in their ringing as well as enhance services at Unity Presbyterian Church.  This ensemble plays various combinations of solos, duets, 6 people, 2 octaves and 3 octave music. They have fun, while growing in their musicianship for the sake of bringing joy to others!

INSTRUMENTALISTS

At Unity, we are blest with a wonderful palette of musicians who love playingtheir instruments.  We encourage all ages of players from kindergarten through professors from Universities.We have several professional musicians in the congregation who willingly share their gifts, as well as young people looking for venues to play. Our director, Sandy finds opportunities for everyone!We’ve heard her say “If you play 4 notes, I can make you sound great!”

Under the direction of Randy Ide, Ms. Rubright has encouraged a brass ensemble to form within the congregation and they play a few times a year for special celebrations.

Instrumentalists and pianists play solos, or accompany a choir, or participate in a small ensemble. Come, join our music team and “Let Your Light Shine!”

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If one sentence were to summarize the Music Ministry at Unity Presbyterian Church, it would be a place ……..where creativity and flexibility flourish in a rich environment of diverse cultures and lovingly makes room for everyone!

RECITAL SERIES

Unity Presbyterian Church presents a monthly recital or concert each 2ndFriday of the month at 12:30.  Some of this past year’s performers included Amaury Morales, Nathan Cartarette,  Larry Allen, Christine Clewell, Stephen Schall et el, Charlene Canty, Pittsburgh Mandolin Ensemble, Beckie Sharick Belczyk, Jamie Bale, Ellen Fest, Don Duncan, Sandy Rubright. The diverse series offers something for everyone: voalists, pianists, organist, instrumentalists! These concerts are free to the community and approximately one hour in length.

Two times a year, we have a Saturday evening concert at 7:30 presenting fuller ensembles such as Cello Fury, Three Rivers Rivers, Voce Solis, Ambridge Steel Drum Band, among others. These concerts have a Suggested Donation associated with your attendance.

If you wish to be on our Music Mailing list, be sure to e-mail Sandy Rubright, Director of Music Ministry at [email protected]