MusicA vital part of our worship

Organist & Choirmaster

Dr. R. Benjamin Dobey, Organist and Choirmaster of Grace Church, has had family in the Sheboygan area since the 1970’s, when Sheboygan quickly became one of his favorite resorts. He did not come to live here until 1997, which was largely in order to escape the rush-hour traffic in the Washington, D.C. area, where he had spent most of his career as an organist, accompanist, singer, conductor, and college teacher. A native of Virginia, his music degrees are from Oberlin and Eastman. He also spent a year in Germany studying organ on a Fulbright grant, and two years singing in the choir of Wells Cathedral in England.

Dr. Dobey still enjoys Sheboygan, in spite of the proliferation of Starbucks’s, which he never thought we would see here, and is a great fan of the local diet and the food and fellowship at Grace Church. He has been singing in the Lakeshore Chorale for some years and teaches organ at Lakeland College. He devotes much of his spare time to housing and entertaining various relatives who still come wandering through and helping out in the church’s gardens. He has recorded five solo organ CDs for the Pro Organo label, three of which were made here at Grace Church on the new Schoenstein organ, in addition to the recently released CD of the parish choir.

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