Dr. Angela L. Batey Director of Music
Dr. Angela Batey is recognized as a prominent conductor, clinician, adjudicator and teacher whose wide variety of experience encompasses professional, university, high school, community and church choruses. Dr. Batey is Associate Director for Graduate Studies at the University of Tennessee School of Music and Director of Choral Activities. She is also honored to be the James R. Cox Professor of Music. She conducts the Chamber Singers and teaches conducting courses at the graduate levels. Dr. Batey is also Director of Music at Farragut Presbyterian Church.
She is Past-President of the Tennessee American Choral Directors Association and is currently serving on the Executive Board of Southern Division ACDA. Batey has been Associate Conductor of Schola Cantorum of Florida, a professional chorus, Associate Music Director of the Florida Ambassadors of Music, and Festival Director of the International Cathedral Music Festival.
Dr. Batey has appeared as a clinician for the American Choral Directors Association, South Carolina Music Educators Association, Florida Vocal Association, East Tennessee Vocal Association, West Virginia Vocal Association, Georgia Vocal Association, and is a frequent adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor of choral festivals, honor choirs and educational workshops. Her concern for excellence in education is the focal point of her teaching career.
Dr. Batey holds two degrees from Birmingham-Southern College in Music Education and Musical Theatre, a master’s degree from The Florida State University in Music Education and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting from the University of South Carolina. In addition, she has studied conducting with Hugh Thomas, Joseph Flummerfelt, Robert Shaw, Colleen Kirk, Clayton Krehbiel, Andre Thomas, Don V Moses and Larry Wyatt.
Tami Newsom Associate Director of Music
Tami Newsom is an accomplished musician and choral director, proficient on a variety of instruments including the piano, organ, flute, and mountain dulcimer. She is Past Dean of the Knoxville Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Ms. Newsom’s accomplishments are many and she has performed a large number of music from all genres. She first began her musical career at the age of 6, learning to play piano. At age 13, under the guidance and tutelage of her music instructors, Robbie Roseberry and Peter Picerno, she began playing the organ at First Cumberland Presbyterian in Memphis, where she remained for 25 years.
As an accomplished singer, Ms. Newsom was a member of a Memphis based auditioned chorus group called The Wolf River Singers. Simultaneously, she was part of their elite Ensemble Singer program. She has sat in as a juried member in the euphonium section of many music students’ final exams. A one year appointment as the Organist at Resurrection Catholic Church in Memphis, preceded Ms. Newsom’s transition to the Choral Director/Organist at First Cumberland Presbyterian in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. She became Organist at Farragut Presbyterian Church on January 1, 2000. With over 30 years of experience in a wide variety of ecumenical denominations, Ms. Newsom is also committed to quality music within the worship experience.
Ms. Newsom’s other interests lie in her previous career in the medico-legal setting. In 1985 she began working at the Medical Examiner’s office and Regional Forensic Center in Memphis, Tennessee, where she also served as Office Manager for the Medical Examiner’s office and Toxicology Laboratory. After setting up the Regional Forensic Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, she took a position as Administrator at the Regional Forensic Center in Knoxville, where among her many duties she also coordinated numerous forensic meetings and conferences with students, residents, law enforcement officers, and medico-legal personnel.
After 20 years in the medical field, Ms. Newsom began a new career as a full-time student at the University of Tennessee School of Music. A recipient of multiple music scholarships, she is completing degrees in Sacred Music, Religious Studies, and Judaic Studies.
Brenda Luggie Casual Worship Leader
Brenda Luggie is a Professor of Music and Choral Director for Roane State Community College and Director of Roane Choral Society and Oak Ridge Chorus. She has been a member of FPC for several years, currently serves on the Worship and Music Committee, and recently completed a term as an Elder. She is also regularly heard as a member of the FPC Chancel Choir, Handbell Choir, and as an occasional soloist.
Dr. Khyle Wooten Casual Worship Leader
Leading a unique life in music, Dr. Khyle Wooten, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is an educator, conductor, researcher, church musician, and composer. He has previously maintained posts with National Heritage Academies, Clayton County Public Schools, and the Walter D. Palmer School District where he has led middle and high school choral ensembles.
He holds the bachelor of science degree in music education from Lincoln University, the master of music degree in choral conducting from Georgia State University, and the doctor of philosophy degree in music education, with an emphasis in choral conducting from Florida State University.
Dr. Wooten has a wide range of experience with various ensembles, including choral, a cappella, and praise and worship bands, and his commitment to excellence and passion for music has made these groups successful. He has been involved in church programs his entire life and served in many capacities of music leadership.
Wooten is the conductor and co-founder of the Sankofa Concert Series in Atlanta, Georgia, a vocal artist collective dedicated to the preservation and performance of works by composers of African descent. He has served as a director of music ministries in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church and several regions of The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries.
Among his recent accomplishments, Wooten recently led a session at the 2021 Florida Music Educators Association conference entitled And Still They Rise: Exploring and Advocating for Choral Music of Black Women Composers. His dissertation provides a conductor’s guide to the cantatas of Lena McLin. As composer, he completed an art song commission for the Cincinnati Song Initiative that premiered in May. Additional recent compositions include an SSA arrangement of Zenobia Powell Perry’s Spring Song and a TTBB choral work, Sancta Maria.
Dr. Wooten joined the faculty of the University of Tennessee School of Music as Associate Director of Choral Activities on August 01, 2021. He teaches courses in choral music education and conducts choral and vocal ensembles.
Dr. Wooten’s goal is to serve God through music, combining his range of experience with the ability to be a faith-driven, compassionate, and enthusiastic leader who will make a positive contribution to Farragut Presbyterian Church and the larger community. He looks forward to meeting everyone and worshipping together! His first Sunday with us will be December 05.