The Candler Singers, a select group of skilled musicians from Emory University's Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, GA, will be touring the Savannah, GA area, February 15-16, 2008. The Singers' concert, entitled "Pray and praise thee without ceasing¿," will include church music from around the globe including classical, contemporary, folk and spiritual.
The Candler Singers will perform at Skidaway Island United Methodist Church, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 15, 2008. This performance is free and open to the public. A love offering will be collected to benefit the Candler Singers Tour. Skidaway Island United Methodist Church is located at 54 Diamond Causeway, Savannah, GA 31411. For questions about the concert location and directions please call 912.598.8460.
The Candler group's members are as diverse as its song styles. They come from a variety of nations, including South Korea, Iceland, Russia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as from eleven different states in the United States. The majority are from the Methodist tradition, although other members are Baptist, nondenominational, and Lutheran.
Third-year student and Singers bass Gad Mpoyo, who grew up in the Democratic Republic of Congo and is an alumnus of United Methodist-related Africa University, said that he enjoys the "environment of praise and worship" provided by the Singers' music. "The singing style is outstanding because it includes different tunes of music from all around the world." He added that it provides the "soul's nourishment through music."
Singers' Director, the Rev. Barbara Day Miller believes that this diversity is key to the group. "The Candler Singers represent not only the Candler School of Theology; they represent the whole church. They are both musicians and leaders in their churches." Members of the choir have been delegates to the General Conference of the United Methodist Church and serve on various denominational boards and agencies.
The Rev. Day Miller, a Candler graduate, is the assistant dean of worship and music and lecturer in liturgical practices. She is the author of "The New Pastor's Guide to Leading Worship," and was the director of music for the 2004 United Methodist Church General Conference. Jamie Shiell, Candler Music Assistant, is accompanist for the choir.