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Robert Benjamin Dobey

Robert Benjamin Dobey’s study of the music of Max Reger dates back to 1972, when, after ­graduating from Oberlin Conservatory, he spent a year studying with the important Reger ­interpreter Michael Schneider in Cologne, Germany. His ­career has been filled with ­diverse musical ­activities as a singer, pianist, harpsichordist, and composer, his interests ranging from early music to premiere performances of new works. After his year in Germany on a Fulbright grant, his musical ­education continued at the Eastman School of Music. His organ teachers have included Marian Thomas, Garth Peacock, Michael Schneider and David Craighead. Active for many years in the Washington, D.C. area, he served there as ­keyboard artist with the Washington Bach Consort, Assistant Director of the Cathedral Choral Society, and a singer with the Woodley Ensemble. He also spent two years singing in the choir of Wells Cathedral in England. He presently serves as Organist and Choirmaster at Grace Episcopal Church in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, where his hobbies ­include devising ever more ­impractical schemes for ­landscaping his garden, and ­hosting ­visits from his many lunatic relatives.