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Artists - 2017-2018 Season

Featured Artists

David Billings

David Billings

David Billings has been Accompanist and Organist of the Pittsburgh Concert Chorale since 1989. In addition to these positions, he is Director of Music Ministries and Organist at Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church. Formerly, Dr. Billings was Director of Music at Oakmont Presbyterian Church, Minister of Music at Parkwood United Presbyterian Church and also Adjunct Professor of Organ and Sacred Music at Duquesne University. As a recitalist he has performed throughout North America and Great Britain. Dr. Billings is a past dean of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and a former chairman of the Organ Artists Series of Pittsburgh. His organ recitals have been featured on WQED-FM’s “Performance in Pittsburgh.”

Dr. Billings earned a Bachelor’s degree from Penn State University, where he studied organ and harpsichord with June Miller. He received his Masters and Doctoral degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where he was a student of the renowned American organist David Craighead.

In honor of David Billings' twentieth anniversary as accompanist, (1989-2009), the Pittsburgh Concert Chorale, during its twenty-fifth season, dedicated the “Gloria” concerts to him as a tribute to his faithful and untiring efforts on its behalf.

Guest Artists

Bryan Sable

Bryan Sable

Bryan Sable graduated cum laude with a BA in Music Education from West Liberty State College where he studied piano with David Zapka. Sable also holds a M.Ed. in Administration, K-12, from California University of Pennsylvania. He has been a member of the Professional Core of The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh for four years, and has served as Assistant Conductor of the Junior Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh for two years. Sable is an active recitalist and guest conductor in South Western PA, Northern WV, and Eastern Ohio.

Sable serves as a faculty member at City Charter High School, a highly successful urban charter school in the Cultural District of downtown Pittsburgh. There, he teaches Introduction to Music, World Music Drumming, Guitar, Piano, and Chorus. Prior to working at City Charter High School, he served the Ohio County School District in Wheeling, WV, as an elementary and middle school music teacher at Wheeling Middle School, Steenrod Elementary School, and West Liberty Elementary School.

Sable served as Music Director at Christ United Methodist Church, Wheeling, and is currently the Music Assistant at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Mt. Lebanon.

Justin Bendel

Justin Bendel

As one of Pittsburgh's most sought after bassists, Justin Bendel is active in an array of musical genres. After playing for Patrizio Buanne's 2010 US Tour, Mr. Bendel returned to Pittsburgh to join the pit orchestras for such local musical productions as Footloose and Mary Poppins at the Benedum Center for Performing Arts. He continues to also perform with local jazz ensembles such as The Rick Struzzi Trio and RML Jazz, while maintaining an impressive studio of young bassists. Mr. Bendel is proud to announce his return to school as he was recently awarded a full scholarship to Carnegie Mellon University to earn his masters degree in bass performance.

Robert Rawsthorne

Robert Rawsthorne

Robert Rawsthorne was the percussionist with the trio on "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" for more than 30 years. He has appeared as a guest artist with The River City Brass Band and has performed on numerous occasions with the Benedum Theatre Orchestra. He has also performed with the touring bands of Les Elgart, Nelson Riddle, Jimmy Dorsey, Guy Lombardo and most recently Bob Crosby's Bobcats. Mr. Rawsthorne was an original member of the Gateway to Music Percussion Ensemble and is currently the leader of a popular local group, The Steel City Stompers.