Dr. David Rhyne
David Rhyne is a graduate in organ performance from Lenoir-Rhyne University and the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. David subsequently earned the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in choral conducting from the Frost School of Music of the University of Miami.
David has been on the music faculty of the Governor’s School since 2007 and leads the Cantus Chamber Choir, a chamber ensemble comprised of the school’s vocal students. David also conducts the Governor’s School Choir, a large choral ensemble made up of the entire musical-student population. Additionally, he teaches one of three music theory sections and directs the senior level elective conducting seminar each fall. Choirs from the Governor’s School under David’s direction have performed throughout the Carolinas and in Europe. Notable performances have included those at the Southern Division of the American Choral Directors Association, Winston-Salem, North Carolina; National Public Radio’s From the Top; Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna; St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, and St. Thomas Church, Leipzig.
Prior to coming to the Governor’s School, David held full-time sacred music positions in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina. His teaching experience includes work at the Frost School of Music and Tennessee Technological University. In Greenville, David was the founding artistic director and conductor of Greenville Early Music and the Greenville Area Lutheran Chorale.
In addition to his duties at the Governor’s School, David teaches or has taught music appreciation, music theory, and applied organ at Furman University and is the artistic director of the S.C. Bach (South Carolina’s Bach Society). He is also the organist for St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greenville. His research into the music of Bach has included grants to study at both the Oregon Bach Festival and Bachfest-Leipzig. The 2015 grant to study in Leipzig, Germany, was made possible through the National Artist Teacher Fellowship Program, a program of The Center for Arts in Education in Boston, Massachusetts.