Established in 2005, the ensemble focuses on a variety of musical genres including sacred classical, contemporary Christian and African American spirituals. Its conductor, Eldridge McPhee left Nassau in 1984 to study voice and choral conducting under Levone Tobin-Scott at Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting with a double major in Vocal Performance. Additionally, Mr. McPhee earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of South Carolina with a concentration in International Business.
McPhee spoke more specifically about the ensemble:
"For the past eight years, I have been realizing my vision: to work with individuals, through musical productions, to have an impact on the lives of our members thereby impacting their communities.
While in undergraduate school McPhee became a brother of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc (Spring 1986) Gamma Pi Chapter at Benedict College, Columbia, South Carolina. Quite active, he served as the chapter’s vice president and president in 1986 and 1987 academic years, respectively. Bro. McPhee was selected as State Brother of the Year for South Carolina where he received the honor of State Brother of the Year with the Highest GPA for the South Eastern Region’s Conference in 1987.
While at Benedict College and serving as Gamma Pi chapter president, Bro. McPhee established the Big Brother Program for the chapter with the Head Start Program administered by the college.
McPhee continues his community service buy actively participating in his graduate chapter activities – Iota Epsilon Lambda in Nassau, The Bahamas; his church and via his leadership of the Bel Canto Singers Bahamas, whose charitable giving to date exceed $120,000.
The Bel Canto Singers will present "Music for All Times: at Trinity Church, Saturday, June 7 at 4 p.m. The church is located at 7005 Piney Branch Rd, NW Washington D. C. 20012.