BPC Music Professor to Present First Recital on Thursday

MOUNT VERNON - Dr. Kandie Kearley, first-year assistant professor of music at Brewton-Parker College, will present her first faculty recital at BPC on Thursday at 8 p.m. in the Gilder Recital Hall of the Miller Music Building on the main campus. 

Dr. Kearley, a soprano, will be assisted by Dr. Pierce Dickens, associate professor of music.

Her concert will include the music of Bach (Cantata 140 - Wachet auf); Beethoven's An die ferne Geliebte, and the second act duet Pura siccome un angelo from Verdi's La traviata. 

Dr. Kearley joins the faculty of the Division of Music at Brewton-Parker after spending several years as a member of the teaching team at Stetson University in DeLand, Fla. 

Dr. Kearley has been an active performer for the last 12 years, and has been seen throughout the eastern United States and Europe in a number of roles, including Carlotta in the European tour of PHANTOM!, Anna Maurrant in Street Scene, Musetta in La Boheme, and Irene Molloy in Hello, Dolly! for theatres such as Seaside Music Theater, Riverside Theater, and Northshore Music Theater. 

Classically trained at Stetson, the University of British Columbia and the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Dr. Kearley regularly performs as soprano soloist in any number of oratorios for organizations throughout the Southeast, including the Winter Park Bach Festival, the Vero Beach Choral Society, the Daytona Beach Choral Society, and many others.

Dr. Kearley will be assisted in her recital selections by guest artist Russell Franks, baritone. Mr. Franks has performed widely throughout the United States, and has presented roles at Florida Grand Opera, Treasure Coast Opera, Pensacola Opera, Seaside Music Theatre and Pittsburg Opera, among others. Currently teaching at Stetson, and at Rollins College in Orlando, Fla., Mr. Franks maintains an active career in singing despite his busy teaching schedule.

Also joining Dr. Kearley for her recital will be Dr. Peter Mathews, an alto whose work Four Sonnets by Edna St. Vincent Millay will be featured on the evening's program.  Dr. Mathews has received a number of commissions for works and been spotlighted in several musical journals and magazines for his beautiful compositions.

As a founding member in and Artistic Director since 1994 of Orlando XIII, Dr. Mathews' combined talents as composer, conductor, and singer have been highly noted. Since 1999, he also has served as choirmaster for St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in DeLand, Fla.

Admission to this concert is free. For inquiries or directions to the Brewton-Parker campus for the recital, contact Theresa Solano at 912-583-2241.


BPC Photo by Terry Gaston

Dr. Kandie Kearley (center), soprano and first-year assistant professor of music at Brewton-Parker College, performs a duet of Bach's "Cantata 140 - Wachet auf" with guest baritonist Russell Franks (right) during Kearley's first faculty recital on Thursday, Sept., 5, in the Gilder Recital Hall of the Miller Music Building on the Mount Vernon campus. Accompanying Kearley and Franks is Dr. Pierce Dickens (seated left), associate professor of music, who is assisted by Theresa Beverly, a Brewton-Parker freshman from Griffin.