“The Psallontes” is the official singing group of The School of Theology and Religion at the University of the Southern Caribbean. This was the brain child of the former dean of the School of Theology, Dr. Boxter Kharbteng, under the leadership of Dr. Myline Asumbrado, one of the theology lecturers, who have both great passions for music.
The word “Psallontes” is a participial form of the Greek verb “Psallo,” which means “I sing.” Thus, “the Psallontes” can be translated as “the ones who sing” or “the ones who praise God” like in Ephesians 5:19, “speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord.” (NAS)
The group was formed in November 2010 and had their first appointment in February 2011 singing the songs “Because He Lives” and “He Who Dwells.” Since then, the group has travelled through the island of Trinidad and Tobago ministering in song at different churches such as: Mt. D’or, Good News, Manzanilla, Cumana, and in their very own University Church.
The primary mission of “the Psallontes” is to sing for the honour and glory of God. Along with this, they also wanted to reach out to their fellow man. It was a heartfelt desire collectively as a group to find some way to help their colleagues who are challenged financially. Hence, the group decided to contribute to the “Pastoral-Theological Training Fund” (PTTF) established by the School of Theology and Religion (USC). As they sing, offering is collected which will go towards PTTF to assist some theology students.
The group is presently comprises of 11 members from various nationalities:
Dr. Myline Asumbrado (Lecturer & Leader) – Philippines
Karine Bercy – France
Mellanie Jeanville – England
Samantha Boute – Guadeloupe
Tonya Parris – Barbados
Dean Yearwood – Barbados
Jamaal Thomas – Barbados
Jameil Blackman - Barbados
Nicolas Morteau – Martinique
Dawyne Daniels – Guyana