Dr. Jennifer Kelly is Director of the Arts, Associate Professor of Music, and Director of Choral Activities at Lafayette College, and Artistic Director of the Concord Chamber Singers. An authority on American women composers, she authored In Her Own Words: Conversations with Composers in the United States (UIP, 2013), and has presented her research in the U.S., Europe, and China.
A professional conductor, Dr. Kelly has conducted the Los Angeles United Musicians Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra at the Kadima Conservatory, and ensembles at the colleges of UCLA, Los Angeles Valley and Lafayette. Her ensembles are known for their energy, dynamic versatility, and impactful storytelling. Currently developing new commission projects with a generous grant from The Hearst Foundations, Kelly—along with CCS and Lafayette College—premiered a major work by Gabriela Lena Frank as part of a year-long residency to explore creative process across disciplines. Current commission projects include composers Alice Parker, Hilary Tann, and the first concerto for sitar, tabla, orchestra and chorus, to be composed by Hasu Patel.
Obtaining her doctorate from UCLA under the tutelage of her mentor Donald Neuen, she is also an active guest conductor and clinician, musical director for theatre, and cabaret vocalist.