Category: Herring Chamber Ensemble – Bass / Baritone

Kyle Batson, bass

Kyle, a native of Greenville, SC, graduated Travelers Rest High and attended North Greenville College where he studied music. Kyle was a barber by profession before answering the call to full-time ministry. He has served as Minister of Music for churches in the upstate as well as North Carolina and Georgia. He is currently the Worship Pastor for Overbrook Baptist Church, Greenville, SC where he has served for over 13 years.

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Benjamin Dobbs, baritone

Benjamin is Coordinator of Music Theory and Composition at Furman University. He holds a Ph.D. in music theory with a related field in music history from the University of North Texas. His primary area of research explores the development of music and musical thought in early modern Germany. He also studies the efficacy of assessment practices in music theory curricula, for which he collaborates with his wife, Shana Southard-Dobbs, Ph.D., a psychological scientist at Lander University.

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Brett Levi, baritone

Brett is a native of Flat Rock, North Carolina. A new member of the HCE, he graduated from Clemson University in 2020 with a B.S. in agribusiness and a minor in music. Brett is the program manager for Clemson’s Office of Research Development and is the associate director of music and organist at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville, North Carolina. His mother, a church musician and public school music teacher, influenced him from an early age in singing and playing the piano and organ…

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David Parker, bass-baritone

David G. Parker, DMA, CMVT, is chairman of the vocal studies program at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina where he teaches private voice, music technology and diction for singers. He received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan in voice performance in 1986. While at Michigan David was a soloist with the Michigan Chorale on an international goodwill tour representing the United States to Poland, Germany, Czechoslovakia and Hungary. His voice teachers have included Charles, Koelsch, William McCauley, Andrew White, John McCollum and Sherrill Milnes. He has soloed under many prestigious conductors including Lloyd Pfautsch, Donald Neuen, Gustave Meier, Bingham Vick and Dwight Gustafson.

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Craig Philip Price, bass-baritone

Craig is a South Carolina native and has lived in Greenville since 2019 where he serves on the voice faculty at Furman University and is a soloist at First Baptist Greenville. He holds degrees in voice performance from Furman and Manhattan School of Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of South Carolina. Prior to returning to South Carolina, Dr. Price sang with opera companies around the country including Central City Opera, Kentucky Opera, Charlottesville Opera, and Opera Saratoga.

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