Master Chorale hires new artistic director
The Master Chorale of South Florida has chosen Karen Kennedy as the ensemble’s new artistic director.
Since 2006, Kennedy has served as associate professor and director of choral activities at Towson University in Maryland. In this position, she directed the University Chorale, Women’s Choir, Men’s Choir, and Towson University Choral Society.
Prior to her position at Towson, Kennedy spent six years in Honolulu, serving as associate professor and director of choral activities at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and for four years served as director of the Honolulu Symphony Chorus. She holds a Bachelor’s of Music in choral music education from DePauw University, a Master’s of Music in choral conducting from Butler University and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from the University of Arizona.
Kennedy was the unanimous choice of the four finalists, said the Master Chorale in a press release.
Jeffrey S. Stern was also named the Chorale’s new associate conductor and Matthew Steynor will be back as resident accompanist.
Kennedy’s predecessor, Joshua Habermann left the Chorale earlier this year to take up a new post as chorus director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
Like Habermann and the Chorale’s founder Jo-Michael Scheibe, Kennedy has also been hired as director of choral activities at the University of Miami.
Chorale spokesperson Nancy Gates-Lee, said in a released statement that the UM appointment did not influence their decision to hire Kennedy as artistic director.
“The fact that Dr. Kennedy had accepted the University of Miami position did not factor into our decision. She was selected for her vibrant personality, conducting style and ability to communicate with and motivate the singers.
“Her enthusiasm and work ethic will make her a tremendous asset to a non-profit organization like ours.”
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