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Jubal Chorus performs in Brewton-Parker's Saliba Chapel
The Georgia Baptist Convention’s Jubal Chorus performs in Brewton-Parker College’s Saliba Chapel Oct. 12. The Sons of Jubal and Jubalheirs combined with the Jubal Brass for a historic concert at Brewton-Parker College. The concert celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Georgia Baptist Church Music Conference, which was held at the college Oct. 12-13. (Photo by Kelley Arnold)

By Kelley M. Arnold

BPC Director of News and Public Information

MOUNT VERNON—The Georgia Baptist Convention’s Jubal Chorus brought the house down at Brewton-Parker College’s Saliba Chapel Oct. 12 with the historic combined concert of the Sons of Jubal, Jubalheirs and the Jubal Brass.

This was the first time the combined musical ensemble has performed at Brewton-Parker College, and is one of the few times all three groups have performed together. The concert celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Georgia Baptist Church Music Conference, which held their annual meeting at the college Oct. 12-13.

The Jubal Chorus’ more than 200 musicians filled the stage and spilled over onto the chapel floor Thursday night. The Jubal Chorus is a missions organization for music leaders sponsored by Music & Worship Ministries of the Georgia Baptist Convention.

Jubal Brass
The Georgia Baptist Convention’s Jubal Brass perform the Prelude at the Jubal Chorus Concert Oct. 12. Dr. Glenn Eernisse, president of the Georgia Baptist Church Music Conference and Chair of Brewton-Parker’s Music Division, played trombone with the Jubal Brass. (Photo by Kelley Arnold)

“Our region was blessed by this truly outstanding and inspirational presentation of gospel music only because Brewton-Parker College is located here. Some of the finest musicians in the Southeast performed here on Thursday evening, and a packed house of over 1,000 people was able to enjoy it,” said Dr. David Smith, president of Brewton-Parker College. “This event is a great illustration of the benefits of Christian higher education to its surrounding community.”

The concert featured the premiere of a commissioned anthem by Mary McDonald, “For the Living of These Days”. The chorus performed the piece under the direction of guest conductor, Dr. Milburn Price, dean of the School of Performing Arts at Samford University (Birmingham, Ala.) and former National President of the American Choral Directors Association.

Each song in the evening’s program reflected the concert’s theme of “Praise and Proclamation,” and led up to the evening’s standout performance of Sons of Jubal soloist Rhon Carter of Blackshear, Ga. The climatic Southern Gospel song, “Midnight Cry,” brought the more than 1,000 audience members to their feet with shouts of praise and applause. Echoing exclamations of “Praise God!” and “Amen!” were heard among the crowd as the song ended.

Dr. Glenn Eernisse, chair of BPC's Music Division
Dr. Glenn Eernisse, president of the Georgia Baptist Church Music Conference and chair of Brewton-Parker’s Music Division, presents guest conductor Dr. Milburn Price to the audience. (Photo by Kelley Arnold)

Dr. Glenn Eernisse, chair of Brewton-Parker’s Music Division and the Georgia Baptist Church Music Conference’s current president, was thrilled with the evening’s performance and was glad to see that the event, which has been “in planning” for the last five months, was such a success.

“The concert went very, very well,” Dr. Eernisse said. “We appreciate so much the tremendous response from the area that resulted in such a large crowd. The Sons of Jubal is an all male chorus made up of ministers of music and Baptist college professors in the state. The Jubalheirs is an all female chorus made up of musicians and choir members around Georgia, like the Sons of Jubal. These two choirs usually perform separately. Occasionally they combine, and when they do it is called the Jubal Chorus. These performances are relatively rare. There has never been a Jubal Chorus Concert on the campus; therefore it was an historic event.”

Miss Hildegard Stanley, center
Miss Hildegard Stanley, far right, former Brewton-Parker College music professor, performs with the Jubal Chorus Oct. 12. (Photo by Kelley Arnold)

Dr. Eernisse was among the musicians on stage Thursday, as was Dr. Ben Caston, BPC’s associate professor of music. Dr. Caston sang the solo in “O That Will Be Glory”. Also on stage were BPC Freshman Rodney Schramm (Sons of Jubal), Quinelle McRae Sikes Professor of Piano Dr. Pierce Dickens (organ), and retired BPC music professor, Miss Hildegard Stanley (Jubalheirs).

Dr. Smith recognized Miss Stanley and her many contributions to the college at the beginning of the performance. He added that a groundbreaking for the Hildegard Stanley Music Center, an annex to the college’s Miller Music Building on the Mount Vernon campus, will be held Thursday, Oct. 19 at 1 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.

Jubal Brass percussion section
The Jubal Brass’ percussion section performs in Brewton-Parker College’s Saliba Chapel Oct. 12. (Photo by Kelley Arnold)

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Updated on: April 15, 2010 8:26 PM