Church Trio

Trio

Through out the history of the church, a trio has provided the music for services and special worship services. Experimentation with an electric organ was short lived. The church has been blessed with exceptional musicians. The current trio is no exception to that history. The music is under the direction of Nodie Murphy.

Jonathan “Jonny” Geer, Pianist

Jonathan spent his formative years in Waxahachie, the cultural and social hub of the state of Texas. He graduated with a BA in Film Scoring from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA in 2001. Since then, his music has appeared on Archer, American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, Family Guy and numerous other shows. He has also composed soundtracks for games appearing on Mac, PC, PS3 and iPhone/iPad. In addition to Sunday morning and special event appearances at the Congregational Church of Austin since, Jonathan performs regularly with the Austin Piazzolla Quintet and Waterloo Trio. His web site is jonathangeer.com

 

Amy Harris, Violinist

Amy Harris has been an active violinist and violin teacher in the Austin area for the past ten years, with a large violin studio.  She has received violin performance degrees from University of Texas at Austin (Doctor of Musical Arts), the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Northern Colorado. During her studies she won many awards. She played with the National Repertory Orchestra for two different summer seasons in Breckenridge, Colorado. As a professional musician, she has played with many different orchestras and chamber groups, including the Colorado Springs Symphony, Boulder Philharmonic, Greeley Philharmonic, and the Austin Symphony. She has been a member of UCC churches since childhood, and has participated in their musical offerings both on the violin and in the choir.  She has been a part of the Austin Congregation Church’s trio since 2012, and has been singing and participating at the church since she moved here in 2006.

Liz Lee, Cellist

Liz Lee is originally from New York about an hour north of NYC.  She started cello when she was 9 and before that she played piano—her mom is a piano player.   She went to Juilliard Pre-college, Rice for her undergrad, San Francisco Conservatory of Music for her Masters, and UT Austin for for doctorate~ and that was how she met Amy Harris.   During their time at UT together, she and Amy played in a quartet that was invited to a festival in Topeka, Kansas, called the Sunflower Music Festival.  Liz has a Youtube channel www.youtube.com/cello  Liz is a local performer and teacher and is assistant Professor of Cello at Texas Lutheran University. She’s also been known to rock out with various bands on her electric cello!!   T

Tony Rogers, Cellist (ex-member of trio)

Tony started playing the cello in the 4th grade in the public schools of Dallas, TX and continued private lessons through high school and was pursuing a degree in cello performance at the University of North Texas until changing paths completely to embark upon on a Mechanical Engineering degree from UT Austin. The degree hangs in his closet as evidence of his love for Physics and Science, but his heart belongs to the cello. Since 2010, he has been playing and teaching in Austin TX. Tony is the artistic director of the Austin Cello Choir, performs often with Jenifer Jackson, and tours around the USA with Jonathan Geer in APQ and the Waterloo Trio. Tony has moved on to some new projects, but he will be returning from time to time as his schedule allows. He has  stepped back from the trio position after beginning a big on-line cello choir project called the COVID Cello Project, as well as some other playing opportunities in the area
 

Amy Harris, Jonathan Geer, Tony Rogers