Gregory Belton Chesney
Gregory Belton Chesney was born in Fountain Inn, SC in 1959. He began piano studies at the age of 9 and organ instruction at 13. Upon graduation from Hillcrest High school in 1978, he attended Brevard on Scholarship and was student choral accompanist for Robert Shaw. Mr. Chesney was awarded the Kenan Organ Scholarship to attend the North Carolina School of the Arts and graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance in 1982. Named Strader Organ Scholar at the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, Greg was a graduate student of Roberta Gary. While in Cincinnati, Mr. Chesney was staff accompanist for the Cincinnati Ballet (Company and Academy), the School for Creative and Performing Arts, and the University of Cincinnati (Dance Division and Preparatory Dept.) A highlight of his tenure at the College-Conservatory of Music was working with Balanchine Trust artists – including Darcy Kistler, Maria Caligari, Bart Cook and Joysanne Sidimus. It was a particular honor to work with the late Freddie Franklin as a rehearsal accompanist for Pas-de-Dix. Mr. Chesney returned to South Carolina in 2013 and is currently organist at historic Fairview Presbyterian Church (1786), accompanist for the Fountain Inn Civic Chorale and Staff accompanist for the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities dance department.