Plum's 'Praise at the Pavilion' back with new music director

| Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Music has always been predominant in the Horsley family.

Michelle Horsley's father and grandfather were music directors at churches.

When Horsley, 23, of the North Side, a little more than a year ago moved from Florida to Pittsburgh to study for her master's of music degree in organ performance at Duquesne University, she needed a job.

Horsley continued the family tradition in her position as music director at the Presbyterian Church of Plum Creek.

In addition to her regular duties of directing music for worship services, Horsley this summer is coordinating the “Praise at the Pavilion” program at the church on New Texas Road. The Sunday night series features praise music by Christian bands at the pavilion behind the church.

“Praise at the Pavilion” has been a part of the church since about 2005. Horsley said the program wasn't offered last year because the church didn't have a full-time music director.

The six-week series began July 7 and continues through Aug. 11.

Horsley said her goal was to include a variety of music — from a young Christian rock band to a folk duo.

“We are trying to appeal to everyone,” Horsley said.

The series has particular meaning this summer because church officials are preparing in August to welcome a new pastor — The Rev. Allan R. Drake of Riverdale United Presbyterian Church in Moon.

Horsley said the first few performances in July each attracted between 30 and 60 attendees.

“I hope it energizes the congregation,” Horsley said. “We have a different style every week, and the bands bring groupies with them. It is a great fellowship.”

Karen Zapf is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8753, or

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