Music Ministry

Music Ministry

Our Music Leaders

We are blessed with wonderfully talented individuals who lead us in music. Click on each person's name to learn more about their talents.


Rachel Avonne
Music Director

As the leader of the house trio at the Mansion On Turtle Creek in Dallas for five years, she sang and played piano for Don Henley, Rod Stewart, Steve Winwood, Paul McCartney, Quincy Jones, Billy Joel, Sidney Portier, Robert Goulet, Patti LaBelle, and others. She has performed at special events. wineries, and exclusive night spots throughout the United States. 

 

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Tommy DeSalvo
Pianist, Organist, and Band Leader

Unity Church on Greenville is blessed to have Tommy DeSalvo as our pianist. 

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Music is silence and sound,
Dancing together in space.
The heavens are music,
The earth is music.
Called into being, we listen.
Living resonances of the word, we sing.
Embracing in silence and sound
Together in endless song, is harmony.
Listen with love.
Awaken to music. Sounding the truth,
together, is healing.

--Author unknown


The Healing Power of Music
By Paul Lloyd Warner
www.waterfallmusic.com

Even before King David, the kings of old employed musicians to soothe and heal them during times of stress and illness. The healing power of music has been expressed throughout the centuries, from the strumming of ancient harps and flutes, to the pure voice sung in chants and folk songs. Music has no bounds when it creates the sounds to heal and mellow the soul. Its legacy survives every generation through history and is expressed through the hearts and deepest feelings in the people from almost every culture, ancient and modern. Sound and music coupled with a pure heart and clear soul activates the principles of healing. And nothing can take its place in the world.

What distinguishes "healing music" from other musical forms? In one word: SPIRITUALITY. In a few words: Music created from the soul to and for the soul. In a paragraph: Music aimed toward a healing effect, a mother singing a lullaby to a sick or tired child. A young boy playing soft guitar music for his ailing father. A woman playing lyrical piano music for her grandmother. The gentle strumming of a harp, the plaintive sound of a flute echoing through the mountains, a cappella choral music sung in a cathedral, the didgeridoo sound-power of a Shaman, a solo violinist singing out with the soul of a great human voice through five strings, an orchestra playing Vaughan-William's "Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis," Segovia playing the guitar, Bill Evans playing the piano, the Beatles singing: "All You Need is Love."

It matters not who or what is in vogue; all that is important is the fact there exists music which is therapeutic, spiritually uplifting, quieting, relaxing, energizing, life-affirming, regenerative, positive, beautiful, healing, awakening, soul-searching, metaphysical and based upon the affirmation of love as a active principle in within every note and phrase as they pass through the hearing and enter the human experience.

When we are touched to the depths of our being and enervated as a result; when we reach a musical catharsis, no matter what our taste or style we prefer, but one which brings to us the rapture of a musical climax, where we are moved to absolute tears, we are experiencing music of a healing nature. And we are ennobled, enriched, and transformed.

The transformative power of music has been recognized throughout history, in all cultures and all peoples. Sound emitted through air into the hearing reaches into our hearts, vitalizes our nerves, tension is reduced, and often vanishes. We are refreshed, rejuvenated and attain a higher power of concentration, leading to a greater fulfillment and even a revelation. The music which does this, regardless of style, may be considered "healing", healthful, curative, therapeutic, resonating with the spirit, and charged with the ability to be visionary and enlightening. Nothing can replace it. The only substitute may be prayer, meditation, spiritual revelation, and awareness of the supreme essence at work as an active principle in the cosmos.

Healing music is limitless in its ability to transform the listener to a heightened state of awareness. And just to imagine the music of the spheres, the sounds in the stars, can bring us to nirvana where we can die and be reborn into even greater human beings, evolved by our keen awareness into a finer person, a loving human being, and a more highly conscious Human Being.

"Music exalts each Joy,
allays each Grief,
expels Diseases,
softens every Pain,
subdues the rage of
Poison and the Plague."

From the Art of Preserving Health,
Book IV, by John Armstrong,
1709-1779