Associate Professor of Music
(610) 330-5677

Other Titles

  • Associate Professor of Music
  • Director of Choral Activities
  • Director of the Arts


  • D.M.A.: University of California, Los Angeles

On leave 2014-2015

Jennifer Kelly has been a conductor for the Los Angeles United Musicians Symphony Orchestra, UCLA Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, Philharmonic Orchestra at the Kadima Conservatory, and several ensembles at the colleges of Los Angeles Valley and Lafayette. Recently appointed artistic director of the Concord Chamber Singers, Kelly is also an active guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator. Selections of her conducted performance of Amy Beach’s Gaelic Symphony are featured on an interactive DVD authored by Robert Winter.

She obtained her doctoral degree from UCLA and learned from mentor Donald Neuen. Her ensembles are known for their energy and dynamic versatility, emphasizing textual communication and playing and singing a range of genres and styles throughout the ages. She also 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, Kelly conducts the choirs and teaches Women in Music, Practical Conducting, and co-teaches Neuroscience of Music.

Kelly’s scholarly interests include American music, particularly that of contemporary women composers and the redefinition of American music in the 21st century. She has presented her research around the United States and internationally in China and the U.K. Her book In Her Own Words: Conversations with Composers in the United States will be published in 2013. Her publications also include articles and reviews for Choral Journal, International Alliance for Women in Music, and Kapralova Society, and encyclopedic entries for The New Grove Dictionary of American Music and Encyclopedia of American Women’s History. Additionally, she has presented pre-concert lectures for the Allentown Symphony Orchestra and was a “conducting fellow” for its concert featuring selections of Bizet’s Carmen. Her second area of interest is the intersection of technology and choral music. In this light, her choirs have collaborated with the Computer Science Department at Lafayette, local composers of new music, and the very creative minds of her choral singers.

Kelly is also a musical theater director, including such shows as Chicago, Urinetown, Little WomenSteel Pier, Last Five Years, and Pippin. 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 BBC Concert Orchestra 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 in cabaret. 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.

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