Frost School of Music Announces New Director of Choral Studies

July 11, 2011 — Coral Gables, FL — The University of Miami Frost School of Music announces the appointment of Karen Kennedy as the new Associate Professor and Director of Choral Studies beginning in the academic year 2011-12. She replaces Joshua Habermann, who recently accepted a position as Dallas Symphony Chorus Director.

In addition to teaching graduate students in choral conducting techniques, Karen Kennedy will conduct the Frost Chorale and other choral ensembles. She was also named artistic director of the Master Chorale of South Florida. She previously held the positions of chorus director for the Honolulu Symphony, director of choral activities at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa, and director of choral activities at Towson University. She earned a D.M.A. degree in choral music from Arizona State University, a M.M. in choral conducting from Butler University and a B.M. in Music Education from DePauw University. Dr. Kennedy regularly conducts choral festivals featuring major works such as Orff's Carmina Burana, Durufle’s Requiem, Faure’s Requiem, Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor and Rutter’s Gloria, to name a few. She 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 and Butler University’s Faculty Distinction Award. Dr. Kennedy is well known as a choral clinician and adjudicator for all-state and festival honor choirs. She has presented workshops at ACDA and MENC conventions and served as the ACDA Eastern Division Collegiate Repertoire and Standards Chair and as a founding member of the National Collegiate Choral Organization.

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Dr. Karen Kennedy, newly appointed associate professor and director of choral studies at the Frost School of Music.