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Combined choir concert
concert choir
Bo Dickinson, second row far left, has been the music director at Bethesda Presbyterian Church in Camden for 25 years. He also directs the choir at Bishopville Presbyterian Church. Both choirs will perform in Bishopville this Sunday and in Camden on Nov. 17.

The choirs of Bethesda Presbyterian Church of Camden and Bishopville Presbyterian Church are preparing for a program of sacred music to be presented Sunday and Nov. 17.

Bo Dickinson of Bishopville is the music director for both churches and said he is excited about the upcoming concert that combines the voices of the two choirs.

"We combined the choirs in 2010 and performed a spring and Christmas concert," Dickinson said. "That was a success. The choirs learn a lot of the same music for Sunday mornings, so they know the songs. Everybody said it's about time we do another combined music program."

In addition to the 40-voice choir, the program will include vocal soloists Ari Dickinson of Bishopville and 13-year-old Steven Parrott of Camden; trumpeter Mike Clyburn; flautist Alyssa Connell Robinson of Elgin; and violinist Lauren Decker of Lee County.

Dickinson said musical selections will include classic sacred repertoires; contemporary anthems; spirituals and hymns; and instrumental solos.

Dickinson, who has been the music director at Camden's Bethesda Presbyterian Church for 25 years, said both choirs have been practicing and are looking forward to the upcoming music program.

"We have a lot of lovely music and some very good singers at both churches," he said. "The instrumentalists are very talented and will be performing several solos but they'll also be accompanying the choir."

The first performance of the combined choirs of Bishopville Presbyterian and Bethesda Presbyterian churches will be this Sunday at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary of the Bishopville Presbyterian Church, located on South Main Street.

The second performance will be Sunday, Nov. 17 at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary of Bethesda Presbyterian Church on DeKalb Street in Camden.

The public is invited to come and enjoy the combined choirs’ fall music program.