The College of Arts and Architecture

Richard Kennedy

Voice and Lyric Diction

Richard Kennedy, tenor, has sung with the Boston Symphony, the American Chamber Orchestra in Washington, D.C., and the Utah, Charlotte, Richmond, Green Bay, La Crosse, and Wheeling symphonies, among others. He has appeared as soloist in New York City with the St. Cecilia Chorus, in Boston with the Masterworks Chorale, the John Oliver Chorale, the Cantata Singers, and the M.I.T. Chorale, in Philadelphia with the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, and in Washington, D.C. with the Cathedral Choral Society. He has also appeared with the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, the Bach Festival Choir in Rochester, New York, the Detroit Oratorio Society, the Oratorio Singers of Charlotte, and with the Los Angeles Master Chorale as aria soloist in Bach's St. Matthew Passion.

Internationally, he has given solo recitals in England, Germany, Austria, Italy and Canada. In the United States, he has appeared as recitalist at Carnegie Recital Hall and the National Arts Club in New York City, at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C., at the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, South Carolina, at Wynmoor Recital Hall in Florida, at the San Francisco Conservatory, at the San Francisco Community Music Center, and at many colleges and universities throughout the United States. He is often asked to give master classes in conjunction with recitals.

Mr. Kennedy has been a winner of the Franz Schubert Prize for Singers awarded in Austria, a second-place winner of the 1981 National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards, an international finalist in the Opera Company of Philadelphia/Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition, and a finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council New England Regional Auditions.

He has toured as vocal soloist with the Mantovani Orchestra performing in concerts from coast to coast in the United States, as well as in Canada, Japan, and Taiwan. The concerts of music from Viennese operetta and American musical theatre afforded performances in major performing halls, including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, the Ordway Theatre in St. Paul, and Powell Symphony Hall in St. Louis, among many others.

Voice study was accomplished at Indiana University, where he earned the Bachelor of Science degree in Music and the Master of Music degree in Vocal Pedagogy, and at Boston University where he earned the Artist Diploma as a student of Phyllis Curtin. Further advanced study was accomplished at the Franz Schubert Institute in Austria where he coached repertoire with Ernst Haefliger, Walter Berry, and Hans Hotter, and at the Jeunesses Musicales du Canada where he coached with Gérard Souzay and Dalton Baldwin. He has also coached with Elly Ameling, Richard Miller, Jörg Demus, Martin Katz, John Wustman, Timothy Cheek, and Kelly Hale, and studied privately with Carol Webber.

Notable performances include recitals in England, Germany, Austria, Italy, Canada, New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and San Francisco, and appearances as the Evangelist in Bach's St. John Passion in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Providence, Rhode Island, Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Charlotte, North Carolina. Acclaimed oratorio performances include those of Mendelssohn's Elijah in North Carolina, Bach's Mass in B Minor with the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, Mozart's Mass in C Minor with the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, and Handel's Messiah with the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, with the Handel Oratorio Society in Rock Island, Illinois, and with the Rochester Oratorio Society in New York.

Professor Kennedy's voice students have been accepted at prestigious institutions for advanced study (The Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, University of Michigan, Indiana University,the Manhattan School of Music, The Curtis Institute of Music, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, The Peabody Conservatory, New England Conservatory, Mannes College of Music, the University of Delaware, McGill University, Ithaca College, Shenandoah Conservatory, Brigham Young University, American Institute of Musical Studies, Chautauqua Music Festival, and Aspen Opera Center, among others). Some have pursued teaching careers(the University of Delaware, Shippensburg University, Messiah College, Lycoming College, Brewton-Parker College, and Seton Hill College), and some are pursuing performing careers (Pittsburgh Opera Center, Washington Opera, Savoy Opera Theatre, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Opera Delaware, Lancaster Opera Company, Junge Kammeroper Köln, Theater Nordhausen, Weston Playhouse, and the Aldeburgh Festival). Still others have been awarded music teaching positions in the public schools throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states at the high school, middle school, and elementary school levels.

Professor Kennedy retired in spring 2017.