Dr Karen Kennedy
June 2015

Austria - Vienna, Schonbrunn Palace   Austria - Salzburg

Austria with Karen Kennedy - June 2015

'SING AUSTRIA' FESTIVAL - Individual & Festival Concerts in Vienna & Salzburg conducted by Karen Kennedy

Dr Karen Kennedy

Praised by the San Francisco Classical Voice for her “wizardry with voices” and named by the Honolulu Star Bulletin as “ . . . a popular and charismatic leader,” Karen Kennedy recently joined the faculty at the University of Miami as Director of Choral Studies. Currently, she oversees a large choral program that offers MM and DMA degrees in choral conducting, in addition to conducting studies at the undergraduate level. Previous to her appointment in Miami, she held positions as the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Hawai’i, Artistic Director of the Honolulu Symphony Chorus, and Director of Choral Studies at Towson University. 

In addition to her work in academics, Dr. Kennedy regularly leads festival performances in large venues, most recently at Carnegie Hall, the Mormon Tabernacle, the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm, Sweden, St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, and Canterbury Cathedral in England. Upcoming engagements include a return to Carnegie Hall and to Rome, as well as performances at New York City’s Lincoln Center, multiple venues in Vienna and Prague, and All-State Choirs in New York, Arkansas, Georgia, and Oregon. Dr. Kennedy enjoys leading teacher workshops and in-services as well, recently working with the educators of Minnesota, Colorado, Florida, and North Carolina. 

Equally at home working with orchestra, Dr. Kennedy has conducted fine ensembles including the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, the New England Chamber Orchestra, the Miami Symphony, the Boca Raton Philharmonic, and the Symphony of the Americas. She has prepared choruses for a wide range of events, from performances on MTV to collaborations with the Cleveland Orchestra. 

Dr. Kennedy has received numerous awards for teaching, including the University of Hawai`i Chancellor’s Citation for Meritorious Teaching, Arizona State University’s Manzanita “Top Prof” Award, Butler University’s Faculty Distinction Award, and is a two-time recipient of the Lawrence Township Schools Superintendent’s Award. She is a past-president of the Hawai’i Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), a past Repertoire and Standards Chair for Collegiate Choirs in ACDA’s Eastern Division, and maintains an active student ACDA chapter at the University of Miami.