Artistic Director

Dr. Jennifer Kelly is a professional conductor, Associate Professor of Music/Director of Choral Activities at Lafayette College, and Artistic Director of the Concord Chamber Singers of the greater Lehigh Valley. Many ensembles have been under her baton including the Philharmonic Orchestra at the Kadima Conservatory, Los Angeles United Musicians Symphony Orchestra, UCLA Concert Choir, and several ensembles at the colleges of Los Angeles Valley and Lafayette. Dr. Kelly is also an active guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator, musical director for theatre, and professional vocalist. Selections of Dr. Kelly’s conducted performance of Amy Beach’s “Gaelic” Symphony are featured on an interactive DVD authored by Dr. Robert Winter. She obtained her doctoral degree from UCLA, and learning from her mentor Donald Neuen, her ensembles are known for their energy and dynamic versatility, playing and singing a range of genres and styles throughout the ages. In addition to her work with Don Neuen, she attended the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival studying with Simon Carrington, and participated in an intensive study of Dalcroze at the Marta Sanchez Training Center, Carnegie Mellon University. At Lafayette College, Jennifer conducts the choirs and teaches Women in Music, Practical Conducting, and co-teaches Neuroscience of Music.

Dr. Kelly’s scholarly interests include American music, particularly that of contemporary women composers, and women’s contribution to the history of American cabaret. She has presented her research in the U.S., Europe, and China. Her publications include the book “In Her Own Words: Conversations with Composers in the United States” (UIP 2013), and articles and reviews for Choral Journal, International Alliance for Women in Music, Kapralova Society, and encyclopedic entries for Grove Dictionary of American Music, and the Encyclopedia of American Women’s History. Additionally, she has presented pre-concert lectures for the Allentown Symphony Orchestra and was a “conducting fellow” for their concert featuring selections of Bizet’s Carmen. Her other scholarly interests include possible redefinitions of American music and the interdisciplinary collaboration of creative process.

As a musical theatre director, Dr. Kelly’s performances include Chicago, Urinetown, Little Women, Pippin, Steel Pier, and others. As a professional singer, she has studied with Karen Morrow, Kari Windigstadt-White, Dorothy Warenskjold, and Eric van Hoven. She was invited to join the London Philharmonia Chorus and King’s College Choir in the performance of contemporary work St. John Passion by James MacMillan, sang the mezzo roles in Gilbert & Sullivan: Revue, and is developing a reputation as a cabaret vocalist. Dr. Kelly is on the Board of the International Alliance for Women in Music and has served on the state committees of the Music Association of California Community Colleges and the American Choral Directors Association, California chapter.