Rebecca Kenneally is an active choral director and singer in the Boston area. As Chair of Performing Arts at Endicott College, in Beverly, MA, Ms. Kenneally is the director of choirs and musical theater as well as overseeing the music, theater and dance programs. She directs the 70 voices of the Old North Church Youth Choirs and is the choral director for Music at Port Milford Music Festival in Ontario, Canada, where she is also a faculty soloist. Previously, she was the Director of the Women's Chorus and Assistant to the Director of Choral Activities at New England Conservatory of Music.
Ms. Kenneally has been named an International Conducting Fellow for the American Choral Directors Association 2015 International Conductors Exchange Program with Sweden, an honor for which she will host Swedish conductors at US choral conferences, and travel to Sweden in to represent the US at conferences there. Under her direction, The Old North Festival Youth Choir earned second place in The American Prize in 2011. With the Endicott Singers, she has led programs with the United States Air Force Bands, the Beantown Swing Orchestra, the Millennium Gospel Choir, Symphony by the Sea, and area colleges. Named Member-at-Large for the Massachusetts American Choral Directors Association, Kenneally has prepared and successfully submitted auditions for 15 youth to participate ACDA National and Eastern Honor Choirs in the past 5 years.
In addition to directing seven full musical theater produtions at Endicott College, Ms. Kenneally has musically directed several performances in the Boston area. Youth Ensemble Director for the Boston Early Music Festival productions of: Acteon by Charpentier, and Venus and Adonis by John Blow; co-direction of the youth chorus in The Little Prince (Boston Lyric Opera Company); and New England Conservatory Light Opera Company, and Boston University opera scenes productions.
Ms. Kenneally holds a BM in voice performance from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL where she studied with Sunny Joy Langton (Chicago Lyric Opera). She furthered her voice studies with Patricia Stedry, and at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Ms. Kenneally has an MM in conducting from New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA where she studied with Simon Carrington (of the King's Singers). Vocal roles include: Josephine HMS Pinafore; Maria West Side Story; and œSusanna The Marriage of Figaro. She was a soloist with the Old North Church Festival Chorus, the Salem Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Dirk Hillyer Festival Orchestra. She is an alumna of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute (voice), and the Boston Conservatory of Music Summer Choral Workshop (conducting).
MUS106 Private Music Instruction
MUS114 Chamber Ensemble
MUS160 Performance Workshop
DRA105 Theater Ensemble
DRA205 Acting Techniques II
PA 300 Performance Workshop I
PA 305 Performance Workshop II
PA 310 Audition and Portfolio
New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, MA, June 2004
Master of Music in Choral Conducting
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, June 1996
Bachelor of Music in Vocal Literature and Performance
Certificate in Music Criticism - Medill School of Journalism
Robert A. Harris
Joanna Hill Simpson, Conducting
John Heiss, Conducting
Charles Peltz, Conducting
Daniel Pinkham, Choral literature
Sunny Joy Langton
Massachusetts American Choral Directors Association
Intercollegiate Choral Festival, Regis College, Weston, MA, February, 2012
- Warm-ups for Vocal Health
- Don't work so hard: Understanding Haydn™s Phrasing for Easier Singing
Massachusetts Music Educators Association
All-State Conference, Boston, MA, March, 2014
- Six to 60 in Five Years: Building Your Youth Choir Membership
MEMBERSHIPS AND LEADERSHIP
- Music at Port Milford Chamber Music Festival and School
Board Member, 2013-present
- Massachusetts American Choral Directors Association
Member at Large, 2013-present
- Symphony by the Sea
Board Member, 2012- present
- Massachusetts American Choral Directors Association
Publicity Chair, Newsletter, 2012-2013
Director, Endicott College Chorus
Endicott College, Beverly, MA, 2005-present
- Regular duties: Conduct rehearsals and performances for 50-voice chorus of undergraduate co-ed students, men™s and women™s chamber choirs; hire instrumentalists and staff; choose repertoire; arrange rehearsal and performance schedule; plan musical enrichment with guest clinicians and performers.
- Significant Growth: Choir began as one group with 6 singers in 2005 to the current 50 singers, with one large group and two select ensembles.
- Special Collaborations: United States Air Force Band of Liberty; Beantown Swing Orchestra; Symphony by the Sea, Smith University Orchestra.
- Adventurous Programming: Commission works including œWhy I Sing, by Elizabeth Alexander in 2009, a 15-minute choral work with text by students, made possible with grants from the Beverly Cultural Council of Beverly, Massachusetts and Endicott College Community of Learners Grant; program concerts such as Gospel Journeys: Hip-Hop and Hope, exploring themes of hope in gospel and contemporary music.
Director, Endicott College Music Theater
Endicott College, Beverly, MA, 2008-present
- Produce, direct, conduct annual productions with casts of 20-30, orchestra of 12-15. Responsible for recruiting, auditioning, fundraising and publicity.
- Increase budget to add additional instruction and professional design, and double audience size from 2008-present.
- Creatively integrate professional and student skills in multiple sold-out performances.
- Place increased numbers of students in music or theater-related professional work.
Director, Youth Ensemble, Chamber Opera Series
Boston Early Music Festival, Cambridge, MA, 2008-2009
- Auditioned, hired, and coached youth ensemble in music, staging and dance for Venus and Adonis and ActÃ©on by Charpentier, premiered November, 2008 with an encore performance in June, 2009 at The New England Conservatory of Music's Jordan Hall.
- Worked with directors Gilbert Blin and Lucy Graham in rehearsing the children in music, staging and choreography.
Director, Youth Choirs and Festival Youth Choirs
Old North Church, United Church of Christ, Marblehead, MA, 1998-present
- Conduct two levels of church youth choirs (grade 1-3 and 4-8) in weekly rehearsals and monthly church performances, and the community Festival Youth Chorus (grade 4-8) in 8 weekly rehearsals and a Christmas Concert; responsible for recruiting, programming, budget, library, administrative tasks, coordinating with clergy and staff.
- Award: Festival Youth Chorus - Second place in the American Prize, 2012.
- Significant Growth: Choirs began with total of 12 singers in 1998 to the current 80 singers.
- Created the Choral Intern program for 2-4 high school alumni of the youth choirs to assist with the youth and to learn to conduct.
- Commissioned composition œYule Log by Douglas Coombes and performed it at the Festival Chorus Concert at Old North Church in 2013.
Conductor, Music at Port Milford Summer Chamber Music Festival
Music at Port Milford (MPM), Ontario, Canada, summers, 2008 “ Present
- Conduct daily rehearsals and weekly performances with 40 auditioned, string musicians aged 12-18, in a residential, chamber music program.
- Enhanced vocal technique and singing ability, raising confidence in students. Many report newly participating in chorus, voice and musical theater at their schools following the MPM program.
Director, The Last Five Years
Marblehead Little Theater (MLT), Marblehead, MA, 2008
- Produced, cast and directed The Last Five Years, by Jason Robert Brown, the first summer music theater endeavor for this venue/organization; summer music theater became annual event.
Director, New England Conservatory Women's Chorus
New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, MA, 2004-2005
- Conducted rehearsals and performances for 20-voice chorus of undergraduate voice majors. Chose repertoire and arranged rehearsal schedule working with director of choral activities and other staff.
- Performed works by composition professor John Heiss at NEC Festival celebrating Jordan Hall Centennial.
- Collaborated with other NEC instrumentalists on Brahms™ Vier Gesanges for French horn and harp and Pfautsch™s The Laughing Song with flute.
Director, Performing Arts at Lincoln Schools (PALS), GirlChoir
Chestnut Hill, MA, 2005- 2008
- Conducted the 18-voice auditioned high school women's chorus at weekly rehearsals and 4-6 performances a year, often collaborating with the PALS Children's Chorus.
- Performances included: Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Cantata Singers, Harvard Music Association, Winsor Music Festival, Boston Musica Viva, Boston University Opera Program, and Jordan Hall.
- Worked with Winsor Music Festival director and oboist Peggy Pearson in commissioning new works for GirlChoir from composers Hayg Boyadjian and John Harbison.
Co-Director, Children's Chorus for The Little Prince
Boston Lyric Opera, Boston, MA, 2005
- Collaborated with Johanna Hill Simpson to prepare 20-voice professional children's chorus for 14-performance run of opera at The Schubert Theater under directors Francesca Zambello and Stephen Lord.
- Taught music, led rehearsals, assisted with staging, choreography, costumes and all performance requirements, and acted as backstage coach.
Director of Choral Music, Musical Theater
Austin Preparatory School, Reading, MA, 2004-2006
- Conducted junior high and high school choirs at Catholic private school. Directed musical theater performance of Damn Yankees and a musical review.
- Increased participation from 10 to 20 singers in 2 years.
- Commissioned new work by jazz composer Bill Geha.
Director, Broadmoor Chamber Singers
Natick, MA, 2004-2005
- Conducted the 25-voice community choir of un-auditioned adults with paid soloists and instrumentalists in weekly rehearsals and 2 concerts a year. Chose repertoire, hired instrumentalists, scheduled performances and assisted with all administrative tasks.
- Surmounted the challenge of successfully performing a new, 20-minute, a cappella work, Elizabeth Alexander's Spring Revels.
SELECT VOCAL PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE
Vocalist, John Schulman Trio, Jazz Nights, Chit Chat Club, Haverhill, MA, 2014
Recitalist of FaurÃ© songs and choir section leader, Ascension Memorial Church Choir, Alma Cheney Memorial FaurÃ© Concert, Ipswich, MA, 2014
Soloist, Dirk Hillyer Festival Orchestra, Holiday Pops, Marblehead, MA, 2013
Recitalist and Duettist with Daniel Blake, Dirk Hillyer Festival Orchestra, Spring Pops: Duets, Marblehead and Beverly, MA 2010
Soloist with Tokai String Quartet, Music at Port Milford Chamber Music Festival Concert Series, Picton, Ontario, Canada, 2008-present
Soloist, Salem Philharmonic Orchestra, French Opera Arias, Salem, MA 2005
Soprano, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Boston Pops Holiday Concerts, Boston, MA, 1998 and 1999
Singing Waitress, Spirit of Boston Cruises, Boston, MA, 1998
Cantor and Section Leader at Old North Church, Marblehead, MA and other area churches, Greater Boston, MA, 1998-present
Chair of Performing Arts, Endicott College
Endicott College, Beverly, MA, 2008-present
- Academic duties:
- Oversee performing arts program of music, dance and theater education;
- Hire and manage 4 full-time staff and faculty, 12 adjunct professors and 10 work-study students;
- Manage operating budget and capital expenses;
- Recruit new students through print and online marketing, visits, and college fairs;
- Advise minors in music, theater dance and club activities of a cappella and drama
- Community/Campus Arts Center duties:
- Program and manage guest performers including housing, travel, itinerary;
- Administer operating budget and capital expenses;
- Manage box office;
- Supervise facilities including music library, storage, studio and piano needs;
- Create and disseminate publicity for all performing arts events through press releases, print and online marketing materials, and advertising;
- Assist with grant funding, institutional advancement, alumni relationships;
- Maintain relationships with arts organizations and other colleges.
- Curriculum advancements:
- Created dance program by hiring dance coordinator and adding 15 dance courses;
- Added minors in Theater and Dance;
- Wrote Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts with concentrations in Music, Theater or Dance (pending approval);
- Created credited private instruction program.
- Significant Growth:
- Began with 1 full-time employee and 3 adjunct professors, and created 3 full-time, 1 part-time and 5 work-study positions;
- Supervised move to new Center for the Arts in 2009;
- Number of students involved in performing arts grew from 30-200;
- Increased guests to performances/events from 200 annually to 10,000.
- Noted guests:
- Thula Sizwe (Zulu chorus);
- Blue Heron (Renaissance choir);
- Donald Holder (Tony-awarded lighting designer);
- West Shore Piano Trio;
- Urbanity Dance; Boston Ballet;
- Boston Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players;
- Boston Children™s Theatre;
- United State Air Force Band of Liberty Jazz Band and Chamber Ensembles.
Administrative Director, GirlChoir
Chestnut Hill, MA, 2007-2008
- Established independence from previous choir owner, Performing Arts at Lincoln Schools, and operated as independent non-profit.
- Created fee scale, hired accompanist, purchased music and supplies, rented rehearsal space, organized and promoted concerts.
Musical Assistant, New England Conservatory Choral Program
New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, MA 2004-5
- Acted as assistant conductor of NEC Concert Choir and Chamber Choir by conducting occasional rehearsals, leading sectional rehearsals, coaching and auditioning soloists, administering oral quizzes and grading, researching repertoire, and assisting with programming decisions.
- Facilitated visits from guest conductors David Hoose and Ann Howard Jones.
Assistant to Associate Dean, Northwestern University School of Music
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 1992-1995
- Responsible for organizing office systems, maintaining calendars, writing press releases for events and speeches for Associate Dean and Dean.
Assistant Professor, Endicott College
Endicott College, Beverly, MA, 2008-present
- MUS160 Performance Workshop: A course designed to examine stage technique for all performers and develop artists as individuals.
- MUS106 Private Instruction: Individual voice instruction, all styles, recital and audition preparation.
- Developed curriculum for Sight Reading, Musical Theater Workshop, Performance Workshop II, Internship and Audition/Portfolio courses with intent to deliver a rotation of these courses beginning fall 2015
Private Voice Teacher/Audition Coach
Marblehead MA, 1997-present
- Teach individual instruction to 3-20 students, ages 13-adult in Jazz, Broadway, Classical, Rock, Country and Folk styles.
- Lead seminars in audition techniques, acting, and scenes.
- Placed students at Ithaca College, NYU TISCH, Hartt School of Music, UMASS, Elon, McGill University, Colby College, SUNY Binghamton, and Salem State University music programs.
SELECT PUBLICATION AND HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE
Staff Writer, Regional Reporter - Community Newspaper Company, Acton Beacon and Winchester Star, Boston, MA, 1996-1998. Winner of 3 New England Press Association Award 1998 for articles written for the Acton Beacon.
Public Relations, Advertising Specialist -Winchester Hospital, Winchester, MA, 1998-1999.
Skills: Mac compatible programs such as Garage Band, iMovie. Microsoft programs such as Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Social Media platforms for promotion and networking.
Languages: Conversant in French; Diction proficiency: German, Latin, Italian, Spanish, Czech, Hungarian, Russian, and Hebrew. Successfully supervised 14 Endicott College students on study trip in Madrid, Spain in January, 2014.
Director of Chorus, Harmonelle, and Bassline
Director of Musical Theater Production