D’Vine: An American Masterpiece
By Zandra Wolfgram
You’ve heard of “putting a song in your heart.”
This divine vocal group returns to celebrate Sinfonia Gulf Coast’s 15th season with a gourmet gospel brunch on Sunday, April 11 at 10:30 a.m. in the beautiful ballroom of the newly opened Hotel Effie, located bayside within Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.
During the past 20 years, D’Vine has traveled the world delivering songs that linger in the hearts of audiences long after the group has left the stage.
Hailing from the Peach State, this talented trio is made up of two sisters: Paula McGuire Saunders and Pamela McGuire Deas and, their friend, Sheryl Pollard Riggins.
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) described the work of D’Vine as “an American Masterpiece,” which the NEA defines as “work whose artistic excellence and significance of contribution to the development and performance of its art form has a lasting impression on the national landscape.”
And make a lasting impression they have. Their divine voices have taken them from the White House to school houses and abroad to Europe, South America, Canada, Mexico and Honduras.
Aptly named, these ladies have gifted their artful music to millions performing as vocalists, songwriters and workshop presenters. They are accomplished school performers under the auspices of Young Audiences of Atlanta and are considered trained artists with advanced artistic and educational skills to share their art form with children and young people.
D’Vine has served as music ambassadors for the American Embassy during several overseas tours on behalf of the United States information Agency and Arts America Program. They have even had the unique opportunity to perform at the Olympics and the Olympic Torch Relay.
“D’Vine is no stranger to the Sinfonia stage. We are thrilled they could join us again,” says Sinfonia Gulf Coast Music & Artistic Director Demetrius Fuller. “They are joyful and this certainly will be a joyful experience and just a great way to usher in spring.”
D’Vine’s appearances will be the first opportunity Sinfonia has hosted an event at Hotel Effie.
“It’s a gorgeous venue and the beautiful ballroom setup is perfect for this event. Plus, Sandestin is catering it, so you know you’re going to get quality food and service,” Fuller says.
GETTING TO KNOW D’VINE
Paula McGuire Saunders earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Georgia (UGA). She was scholarship athlete on UGA’s women’s track and field, where she was nationally ranked and an accomplished discus thrower. A celebrated photographer and published author, when she’s not performing, Saunders works as a bone marrow and stem cell transplant social worker at Emory University Hospital.
Pamela McGuire Deas attended the DeKalb School for Performing Arts and the University of Georgia, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in speech communications. She is the office manager and marketing consultant for Creekside Dental, Inc., her husband’s dental practice. She enjoys interior design, event planning, traveling and spending time with her husband and daughter.
Sheryl Pollard Riggins attended DeKalb School for Performing Arts and studied business communications and administration at DeVry University. She is a contract and systems administrator in the legal department for the Coca-Cola Company. A noted make-up artist and beauty consultant, she enjoys spending her time with her husband and two sons.
Come Join Us
This event will follow CDC guidelines and offer socially distanced seating.
This buffet-style brunch will include Mimosa and Bloody Mary bars.
Tickets are $95 per person.
Limited front row seating is $125 per person.
Includes performance, brunch and all gratuities, with cash bar.
Reserve your tickets at sinfoniagulfcoast.org.