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Handel’s ‘Messiah’ returns to BPC’s Saliba Chapel


BPC Choral Society and Orchestra
The BPC’s Choral Society and orchestra present Handel’s “Messiah” Sunday, Nov. 16 in Saliba Chapel on the Mount Vernon campus. (Photos by Kayla Oliver)

By Kayla Oliver

BPC Marketing Staff Writer

MOUNT VERNON—The Brewton-Parker College Division of Music presented the BPC Choral Society’s performance of George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” Sunday, Nov. 16 at 3 p.m. in Saliba Chapel on the Mount Vernon campus.


Dr. Ben Caston
Dr. Ben Caston, tenor soloist, BPC professor of voice.

Dr. Sonja Sepulveda directed the chorus of local community members and students. Joining the chorus were soprano soloist, Dr. Kandie Smith; alto soloist, Dr. Arikka Gregory, tenor soloist, Dr. Ben Caston, and bass soloist, Dr. Allen Henderson. Dr. Smith and Dr. Caston are employed as professors of music and voice at BPC while Dr. Gregory and Dr. Henderson are music professors from Georgia Southern University.


Some favorite moments within the presentation of Handel's masterpiece were the performance of the “Hallelujah Chorus”, which included the choral society voices and the soloists, and also the chorus of Isaiah 9:6, “For unto us a child is born.”


Special thanks to the Choral Society Orchestra, which included the following:


Violin 1: Kamaria Baxter, Melanie Pozdol; Violin 2: Chas Harris, Matt Peebles; Viola: Monica Johnston, Nichole Adams; Cello: Michael King, Patrick O’Neal; Bass: Leo Lamera; Oboe: Erica Miller; Bassoon: Nyssa Fox, Caroline Beckman; Trumpet: Lee Lamb, Brian Summerlin; Timpani: Brandon Herrington; and, Continuo: Dr. Pierce Dickens.


Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited four-year Christian college in south Georgia. To learn more about the Division of Music, look online at

Dr. Kandie Smith
Dr. Kandie Smith, soprano soloist, BPC professor of voice.
Dr. Arrika Gregory
Dr. Arrika Gregory of Georgia Southern University, alto soloist.
Dr. Allen Henderson
Dr. Allen Henderson of Georgia Southern University, bass soloist.



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Updated on: April 15, 2010 8:26 PM