Dr. Dione Parker Bennett, Director of Vocal and Choral Studies at Ohio Christian University (OCU), will be presenting a recital at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Circleville on Sunday, June 12th at 3pm.

The recital, Bennett’s first since the pandemic struck in early 2021, marks a turning point for her as she contracted the virus in late 2021, with one of the side effects being a marked change in her singing voice. Of the experience Bennett said, “I contracted COVID-19 during Thanksgiving and I didn’t even feel like a real person until January 2022. It affected my voice in a crazy way. I coughed so much, I could not sing.”

Recently, Bennett returned to the stage, singing in Opera Columbus’ presentation of Leslie Burrs Vanqui after working diligently to restore her singing voice. Bennett said about the journey back to the stage, “I felt I would forever be a bass. But God!... and an incredible vocal team, Chad Payton and Ed Bak.” With the opera production behind her and her voice back on track, she’s looking forward to the recital at St, Philip’s as well as an identical program she’s presenting at Trinity Lutheran’s “Tuesdays at Trinity” music series on the campus of Capital University, Tuesday, June 14th at 7pm.

The program, This Little Light of Mine – an afternoon/evening of songs and stories, will include Bak at the piano, and Tiffani McLaurin, OCU Assistant Director of Worship and Spiritual Formation, assisting with a duet.

Bennett is excited for the performance and said, “I hope that I will see you there to share. It should be a good time!”