Richard Kennedy

Department: Music

Adjunct Faculty in Music

  • Education
  • AD, Univ of Massachusetts Boston
  • MM, Indiana University Bloomington
  • BS, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Areas of Specialty
  • Voice
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Professor Kennedy has sung with the Boston Symphony, the American Chamber Orchestra in Washington, D.C., and the Utah, Charlotte, Richmond, and Green Bay symphonies, among others. He has appeared as soloist in New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington with premier choral organizations, and with the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, the Detroit Oratorio Society and with the Los Angeles Master Chorale as aria soloist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion

Additional oratorio performances include those as the Evangelist in Bach’s St. John Passion in Los Angeles and Philadelphia, and as tenor soloist in 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 Handel Oratorio Society in Rock Island, Illinois, the Rochester Oratorio Society in New York, and the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra in Florida. 

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, at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C., at the San Francisco Conservatory and at numerous colleges and universities. 

Professor Kennedy has been a winner of the Franz Schubert Prize for Singers awarded in Austria, a second-place winner of the 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.

Voice study was accomplished at Indiana University, where he earned the Bachelor of Science degree in music and a 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.

Professor Kennedy's 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 public schools throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states at the high school, middle school and elementary school levels.

Courses taught:

  • MUSC-009 Voice Lesson
  • MUSC-010 Voice Lesson