United Parish

Music

Music is one of our greatest treasures and another way we can experience the Divine. At UPA, we offer several opportunities for participants of all ages to share in music, from our children’s bell choir to our Youth Rock band, from our Same Day Singers to our Easter and Christmas Eve instrumental ensembles.  

9 o'Clock Singers

The 9 o’Clock Singers rehearse each Sunday 9am to 9:45am (childcare provided) and is open to all teens and adults who love music! Sharing sacred music from classical and modern to folk and gospel and jazz, the singers’ offerings are expanded near Christmas and Easter. The 9 o’Clock Singers are led by Allen LeVines, an accomplished conductor, composer, keyboardist, and percussionist who is a professor at Berklee College of Music.

Children and Youth Music

Thanks to our amazing Children and Youth Music Director, Pei Chun Lin, UPA offers singing and instrumental opportunities for people of all ages!  Our youngest learn and practice on drums and various toned bells during Sunday School, occasionally even offering their final works to our worship.  Our youth can participate in UPA’s Rock Band which has prepared and offered a variety of pieces from musicals (Dear Evan Hanson and The Greatest Showman), modern Christian music (Lauren Daigle and Casting Crowns), and classic pop (Sara Bareilles, Matisyahu, and Billie Eilish).  Pei Chun Lin offers personalized training and accompaniment for young vocalist and instrumentalists at all levels of experience.

Guest Ensembles

We are privileged to host professional and amateur musicians from time to time who bring a special beauty and meaning to worship services.  This past year our Easter service was blessed by an exceptional brass quintet and Christmas Eve offered an unparalleled string quartet.  Additionally, we encourage and engage the musical gifts of our membership at all ages!

If you are interested in sharing your gift, please contact our Director of Music, Allen LeVines.

Stellar Brass Quintet

The Stellar Brass Quintet was founded in 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts, and the ensemble has been a part of UPA’s Easter services for nearly ten years. 

Elizabeth Axtell (Horn) is 2nd horn of Handel & Haydn Society, the oldest U.S. performing arts organization. Elisabeth holds a Master of Music from Boston University, appears with many ensembles across the country, and is also a member of the groups Grand Harmonie, Conica, and Emergere.  

Andy Koskela (Trumpet) served for thirteen years in the Army Band. He is a sought after trumpet player throughout New England. Andy is currently serving active duty for the National Guard in Massachusetts. 

Samuel Costa (Trumpet) is band director for Dighton Rehoboth Regional School District, and serves as principal trumpet for the 215th “Governor’s Own” Army Band. Sammy holds a Masters in Music Education from Kent State University.  

Caroline Cole (Trombone) is principal trombonist for the 215th “Governor’s Own” Army Band of Massachusetts. She is additionally an amazing trapeze, tight wire, and circus artist. 

Rob Needs (Tuba) is the Nebula Brass Quintet arranger. He has been principal tuba player for the 215th Army Band for over 30 years. Rob also plays French horn, trumpet, and electric bass.