Former BPC piano professor instrumental in BPC’s Carnegie Hall debut
By Kelley M. Arnold
Director of News & Public Information
Brewton-Parker College Choir and Concert Choir made its Carnegie Hall debut in New York City Sunday, June 27, and it was in large part made possible by these key individuals.
Dr. David R. Smith, BPC president, pictured above at left, stands with former BPC piano professor (1977-1978) Norman Dunfee, right. Dunfee is the President and Executive Director of MidAmerica Productions, the production house who coordinated the June 27 performance of the BPC Choir prelude concert and the John Rutter Requiem, performed by the New England Symphonic Ensemble and accompanied by 12 different choirs around the country, including the BPC Concert Choir, Choral Society and the Palmetto Voices, all under the direction of Dr. Sonja Sepulveda. Dr. Sepulveda, left front, and former BPC Music Division Chair, Hildegard Stanley, right front, have maintained contact with Dunfee – Stanley as she hired him in 1977, and Dr. Sepulveda, as she has performed at Carnegie previously when she was a choral director at Sumter High School (S.C.).
A full story on Brewton-Parker College’s Carnegie Hall debut will follow next week, and will be available on the college’s News and Info pages at www.bpc.edu. Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited four-year Christian college in south Georgia.
More about Norman Dunfee
A native of Missouri, Norman Dunfee received his B.S. degree from William Jewell College in Kansas City, and his M.M. and D.M.A. degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. As a pianist, he has performed in recitals throughout the Unites States, as well as in Germany and England. A former student of David Bar-Ilan, he has appeared in numerous recital series in New York City, including the Trinity Church series and the Museum of the City of New York series. He came to MidAmerica in 1989 as a member of the marketing department. In 1990, he was appointed Director of Concert Operations, and in 1992, he became MidAmerica's Executive Director, overseeing all aspects of concert production. Dr. Dunfee also serves as Executive Director of Eckphrasis, an artist management company founded by MidAmerica Productions. In 1994, he was appointed Executive Director of Elysium Recordings, a new recording label, for which he manages all research, personnel, and production.