The Singers

Like many other music groups, the Schola Pacis spends long hours in preparation of pieces for performance.  We work hard to achieve a blend and dynamic with the music our audiences enjoy.  Here is who we are when we’re not singing together in Schola Pacis.

Nelson Berry

Nelson Berry (countertenor) – Nelson sings countertenor and baritone in the group. A graduate of the University of the South, Nelson currently teaches Latin at Montgomery Bell Academy.



Gregg ColsonGregg Colson (sopranist) – Gregg is the VP of the Project Management Office for Comdata Networks.  He has been singing since he was three years old when his father was music director for several Baptist churches in Georgia. Gregg’s ability to sing in the soprano range up to high G# has been developed over the years and continues to expand.

Kevin FogartyKevin Fogarty (countertenor) – Kevin is a gifted songwriter and percussionist.  Both he and his wife Rachel DeVore Fogarty have composed and arranged pieces for the Schola; check out his composition “Springs of Water” and his arrangement of “The Angel Gabriel” on this website.  In “real” life, Kevin works for BMI, Inc. in Nashville and performs as drummer with several local bands.  He and Rick Seay have collaborated on several writing projects including the musical Call Me Home.

Dave LybargerDave Lybarger (bass) – Dave is a nurse practitioner with the Veterans’ Administration Hospital in Nashville; he helps keep the members of the Schola Pacis well.  Among the many hats that Dave wears are serving as deacon at Christ the King parish in Nashville and being father to four children, Nathan, Katie, Nick, and Alex, and husband to wife Cindy.

Rick SeayRick Seay (tenor) – A career educator, Rick is currently Head of the High School and a Latin/history instructor at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville.  Rick began singing as a boy soprano at an early age and sang on numerous Nashville-produced albums, including the original recording of Broadman Press’s enormously successful It’s Cool in the Furnace.  He has also collaborated on several theatrical projects with Schola member Kevin Fogarty (Call Me Home).

Chris SimonsenChris Simonsen (baritone) – Chris is a realtor with Fridrich and Clark Realty in Nashville. In addition to singing with Schola, Chris is also a frequent soloist with First Presbyterian Church choir.



Matthew SmytheMatthew Smyth (tenor) – Matthew works as a music teacher at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville. He began singing in the fourth grade as a boy soprano and made early appearances at the 1996 Olympic Torch Ceremony and the 1993 World Series. Since then, he has performed around the country at such prestigious venues as The Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, and The Kennedy Center.  Matthew sings both tenor and countertenor with Schola Pacis.

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