He was a bass singer born Charles Harry Hamilton in
Macon, Georgia, who obtained a mechanical engineering degree from Georgia
Institute of Technology. He
went into the military following his graduation and after having done a 6-month
active stint with the US Ordinance Corps he went into the reserves. By the time he left his service he
had become a Captain. He
decided to take further studies and earned himself a medical degree at
Emory University School of Medicine.
Within 7 years he was an internal medical doctor and a Director of
Medical Services at a local hospital.
Music was in his blood though and as a talented bass singer he
became part of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus under the leadership
of Robert Shaw.
Chosen by Robert Shaw to be his family’s doctor and to
appear in several of his ensembles he sang with the Atlanta Symphony
Orchestra Chamber Chorus, the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers and the Robert
Shaw Festival Singers who recorded with in France. In 1976 he became an original
member of The Atlanta Singers in 1976 with some of his fellow singers from
the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Robert Shaw Chorale as members. He died in 2007 aged 73 after
having suffered from cancer.
Chamber Singers recordings
We Have Heard on High (Traditional
Shippen Barnes )
Telarc 80377 (CD: Songs of Angels: Christmas Hymns
Conductor - Robert Shaw