Category: Herring Chamber Ensemble – Soprano / Alto

Lisa Barksdale, soprano

Lisa is a twenty-two-year veteran of the voice faculty at Furman University, and a frequent soloist in the Greenville, SC area. Having earned vocal performance degrees from Furman and Northwestern University, she is passionate about teaching her students to communicate expressively and to sing healthily. Prior to moving to Greenville, Lisa was active in the Atlanta music community, teaching choral music at Pace Academy, serving in several churches, and singing in the ASOC under the direction of Robert Shaw.

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Amy Joye, soprano

A native of Woodruff, SC, graduated from Furman University with a degree in church music. Amy also attended Converse College and Southern Seminary. She is a Children’s Choir specialist who has taught music, led choral workshops, and directed children’s and youth choirs in Kentucky, North Carolina and South Carolina. Amy has performed with VOX and the Ethos Chamber Singers in Charlotte, and locally with Greenville Light Opera Works and the SC Bach Choir.

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Kathryn Knauer, soprano

Kathryn is a native of Houston, Texas. She holds a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Furman University. Kathryn has enjoyed solo opportunities performing with the Kingwood Chorale, Carolina Pops, Northwestern and Furman symphonies and operas, as well as professional opera roles with Houston Grand Opera and New York City Opera.

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Laura Ritter, soprano

Originally from Morristown, Tennessee, Laura has been a collegiate choral conductor for 28 years, serving as Department Head of Music and Theatre at Walters State Community College. She is currently on the faculty of Clemson University, where she directs the Women’s Choir and accompanies voice and instrumental students. Laura is a graduate of Furman University with a degree in music education and earned her master’s degree in choral conducting at the University of Illinois.

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Kelley B. Addison, mezzo-soprano

Kelley is a Greenville native, having just moved back after many years away. She holds her Bachelor’s degree in Music Theory from Furman University, where she was in Furman Singers, Chamber Singers and the Honeybees. She studied voice with Dr. Trudy Fuller and piano with Dr. David Gibson. In addition to singing, Kelley is a pianist and enjoys composing for piano and voice. She has spent many years as a private piano, voice and theory teacher. Kelley performed with the Connecticut Grand Opera Chorus, Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Durham Choral Society and the Wilton Singers. She has also performed with various contemporary music groups, most with a charitable fundraising initiative.

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Judith DeFoor, mezzo-soprano

Judith is a native of Columbia , SC. She holds a degree in choral music education from Furman University, where she was a member of Furman Singers, Chamber Choir, and studied voice with Dr. Bruce Schoonmaker. For nine years, she taught choral and general music in Laurens, SC, Columbia SC, and Athens, GA. She recently earned her Master of Science degree from the University of South Carolina and is currently employed as a speech-language pathologist at Martha Franks Baptist Retirement Community in Laurens, SC.

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Jennifer Rogers Dorriety, mezzo-soprano

Jennifer is a native of Williamston, South Carolina. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Anderson University, where she studied voice with Deirdre Francis and piano with Dr. James Clark. Jennifer studied special education at Clemson University and also earned Master of Education and Educational Specialist degrees in school counseling from Clemson in 2013.

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Sylvia S. Hodge, alto

Sylvia is a graduate of the University of North Carolina (B.A in Mathematics Education), and the University of South Carolina (M.Ed. in Educational Administration, and Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction). A lifelong musician, Sylvia studied voice with Ivah Dickson and has participated in community choruses and ensembles, singing solos in school, at church, and for numerous weddings since she was young. She is an active member of the First Baptist Greenville Sanctuary Choir.

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