Sable signs on as Pittsburgh Concert Chorale’s new accompanist
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 | 12:01 AM
Music teacher Bryan Sable said it was an instant friendship with Pittsburgh Concert Chorale’s Director Susan Medley that led to his position as the group’s new accompanist.
Sable met Medley several years back while singing with the Mendelssohn Choir.
“We sat beside each other at a rehearsal and formed an instant bond,” said Sable, who replaces longtime accompanist David Billings.
“She invited me to be a guest pianist for their Pops Concerts and when Dr. Billings retired, it felt natural to accept the role since I just love working with Susan so much.”
The PCC is an all-ages choir formed in 1985 that performs regularly at Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, along with other special venues throughout the year.
In October, the group will host “Pittsburgh Sings! A Festival of Choirs,” at Carnegie Music Hall and feature local high school performers.
Members typically sing the National Anthem at PNC Park during baseball season and also perform at Summer Fridays at the Frick.
They’ll perform “A Big Band Christmas” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 in Fox Chapel.
“Bryan is an incredible musician and we are so fortunate to have him with us,” Medley said. “He has played for the PCC Pops concerts for years, so our singers and audiences know and love him already.”
In addition to teaching at City Charter High School, Sable is the Director of Music at Coraopolis United Methodist Church, where he conducts three vocal choirs and the hand bell choir, and plays the organ.
He also co-writes an original spring musical for his students at City Charter.
The choir has a big year planned, Sable said, with everything from jitterbugging to holiday tunes to performing Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.
“There is just nothing that compares to the sound of 110 voices coming together to sing “O, Fortuna,” or those same voices switching gears to sing touching selections like “White Christmas” or “Silver Bells,” he said. “It’s a joy to make music with people who feel like a family.”
Sable earned his bachelor’s degree from West Liberty State College and a master’s of education from California University of Pennsylvania.
He was a member of the Professional Core of The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh for four years and served as assistant conductor of the Junior Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh for five years.
“I think it’s a very exciting time to be a part of the PCC as the group continues to grow in musicianship and musicality,” he said. “The PCC is one of the largest community choirs in Pittsburgh, but I’d venture to say that the word community doesn’t do it justice. It’s a real family environment.”
For more, visit PCCsing.org