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Dr. Susan Kelly was recently appointed Assistant Professor of Music/Choral Director at Tennessee State University where she directs the University Choir and Meistersingers, teaches classes in Music Education and Conducting, and teaches Applied Voice.  Outside of her work at TSU, she serves as the associate conductor of Vox Grata and as a soprano section leader at Westminster Presbyterian Church.  Additionally, she sings soprano with the Tennessee Chamber Chorus, a professional choir based in eastern Tennessee.
Before coming to Tennessee State University, Dr. Kelly taught chorus and general music to grades 7-12 at Mid Valley Secondary Center.  In five years, the program grew from 25 singers to over 200 singers, encompassing 5 choirs:  Junior-High Men, Junior-High Women, High-School Mixed, Varsity Women’s Choir, and Varsity Men’s Choir.  Under her direction, the Varsity Women’s Choir won 6 consecutive superior ratings at both Music in the Parks Festivals and Classic Festivals, including an award for best overall choir.  She then served for ten years as Director of Choirs at Abington Heights High School, where she directed the 150-voice Concert Choir, the Women’s Ensemble, the Men’s Ensemble, the Mixed Ensemble, and was music director for the musical theatre productions.  Abington choirs also consistently received superior ratings in choral adjudications.  Additionally, Abington choirs performed with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic in 2010 and 2013.

Outside of her public-school work, Dr. Kelly was the Director of Children’s and Youth Programs of The Choral Society of NEPA and conductor of its Cantare Choir.  Under her direction, the Cantare Choir embarked on a tour of Wales and England, was selected to perform on both Summer ACDA-PA and PMEA State Conferences, and consistently garnered superior ratings in choral adjudications.  She was also the Director of Music at the First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, where she directed the 30-voice Adult Choir and the 16-voice Teen Choir.  Susan also sang soprano with The Lyric Consort, an eight-voice ensemble that performed on both state and regional ACDA conferences.  She also served for many years on the faculty of the Wilkes University Community Conservatory as a voice instructor and on the summer faculty of the Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary.
Guest conducting invitations have included the MTSU Women’s Choir Invitational, Emory and Henry College Choral Invitational Festival, Zone 6 Area All-State Women’s Chorus of NYSSMA and PMEA District 9 Song Fest.  Active in professional organizations, Dr. Kelly served as Choral Coordinator for PMEA District 9 and served ACDA in several board positions, including ACDA-PA state chair of Repertoire and Standards for Middle-School and Junior-High School Choirs (in which capacity she presented two Junior-High Reading Sessions at State PMEA Conferences and organized three statewide Junior-High Honor Choirs at the summer ACDA-PA conference) and ACDA-PA state secretary (in which capacity she served as registrar for the summer conferences).  Prior to her move to TSU, Dr. Kelly was serving as ACDA-PA President-Elect (in which capacity she organized two statewide Fall Choral Conferences).  Currently she is serving as the Ensemble-Specific Repertoire and Resources Chair for ACDA-TN.

Dr. Kelly holds undergraduate degrees in Music Education and English Education from Wilkes University, a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Choral Conducting from Temple University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting from the University of South Carolina.

Contact Dr. Kelly.
(615) 963-5341