The Southern Crescent Symphony Orchestra is a community orchestra devoted to meeting the cultural needs of audiences and performers in the Southern Crescent area of Metro Atlanta. Members of the orchestra include professional musicians, music educators, amateur musicians and students, all of whom strive to utilize their full potential in presenting a quality musical product. Performances are held in Spivey Hall at Clayton State University, First Baptist Church of Morrow, and other area venues. The SCSO is conducted by Dr. Richard Bell.
Bill Killmeier has appeared with the Southern Crescent Symphony on numerous occasions. After attending the University of Georgia in Athens, and graduating from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, Bill was selected as soloist and member of The United States Army Band ( Pershing’s Own) in Washington, DC.
Savannah Cathey is an Atlanta native Soprano. She most recently was a Fellow at Sewanee OperaFest where she was seen on stage in scenes as the title role of Norma, Donna Elvira, and Angelica from Handel’s Orlando. She also just finished touring with the Atlanta Opera Studio Tour playing the role of the Mother and Sandman in
Rick Massengale is a native Atlantan with a Bachelors of Music Education and a Masters of Organ Performance from Georgia State University. His organ teachers included Tom Brumby, Ron Price and Bill Weaver. He studied voice with Dr. James Bowers, Peter Harrower and Dr. Franklin Green. His choral experience was as accompanist under Mark Rusch with the Peachtree Barbershop Chorus, Dr. John Haberlin at Georgia State and Dr. Franklin Green with the Georgia Singers. He started directing church choirs at age 19 and was Director of Music at Fayetteville First UMC from 1999 to 2022. While doing graduate work at Southern Seminary, he was tenor soloist at St. Paul’s UMC in Louisville, KY. In addition to this, Rick is much in demand as a jazz pianist and is half of the popular duo Those Guys that performs regularly in the area. Rick Massengale’s Natural Piano is an album of original music available on most streaming services. Rick has performed several concerts at Spivey Hall as organ soloist with the Southern Crescent Symphony and the Southern Crescent Chorale.