Robert Hale & Dean Wilder
Robert Hale is a bass-baritone singer who teamed up with a fellow opera singer, tenor Dean Wilder, in what proved to be a 20-year partnership doing country and gospel songs. The two performed over 4,000 concerts, often in association with evangelical Christian events (including the Billy Graham Crusade), and recorded 21 albums, mostly released on Word Records. All of these were steeped in gospel, country, and folk music, with the occasional patriotic song thrown in. Wilder's death in 2002 ended the partnership, but their work together is still fondly remembered and has been available on compact disc since the '90s.
Robert Hale is an internationally acclaimed bass-baritone. He pursued professional musical studies at Boston University and New England Conservatory of Music. He won the National Association of Teachers of Singing "Singer of the Year" competition and began his career as a recitalist appearing in concert halls across the country, later making his debut with the New York City Opera.
Acclaimed tenor Dean Wilder is both an acknowledged concert artist but a well known teacher as well. He has served a long and distinguished tenure as the Director of Vocal Studies at William Jewell College, Liberty, Missouri. He is the recipient of the Academic Chair designating him the Robert H. McKee Professor of Music.