Nashville Symphony associate conductor Kelly Corcoran has had a huge year working as the interim director of the orchestra’s chorus. She helped prepare a terrific Mahler Symphony No. 8 for the season opener and guided the singers through their first Mendelssohn Elijah. It’s no surprise, then, that the NSO has selected her to become the chorus’ new music director. The symphony has released the following statement:
Nashville Symphony announces the appointment of current Associate Conductor Kelly Corcoran as the new director of the Nashville Symphony Chorus. Corcoran’s responsibilities will include working with Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero to review and select choral works to be performed with the Symphony. She will also conduct auditions for new chorus members and rehearse the Symphony Chorus to prepare this nationally recognized ensemble for performances with the orchestra. Corcoran fills this post following the retirement of Dr. George Mabry in November of 2011.
“Kelly Corcoran was selected after a lengthy audition process,” says Nashville Symphony Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero. “Drawing on her strong background in conducting and choral performance, she brings a unique sensitivity to the role of chorus director. We are fortunate to keep her involved with our orchestra, and I look forward to working with her in this new capacity. Whether she is directing the Nashville Symphony Chorus, an orchestra or a small ensemble, her attention to detail, her depth of knowledge and her engaging personality create a powerful synergy with the chorus and the musicians.”
Corcoran adds, “I am so pleased to have the opportunity to stay connected to the Nashville community and this organization in particular. With the Nashville Symphony Chorus celebrating its 50th anniversary during the 2013/14 season, I am so honored to be a part of this rich tradition and very excited to continue enhancing the solid reputation of this great group of singers.”
As Associate Conductor of the Nashville Symphony, Kelly Corcoran has conducted a variety of programs, including the Symphony’s SunTrust Classical Series and Bank of America Pops Series, and has served as the primary conductor for the orchestra’s education and community engagement concerts. As a guest conductor, she has led major orchestras throughout the country, including performances with The Cleveland Orchestra and the Atlanta, Colorado, Charlotte, Detroit, Houston, Milwaukee and National Symphonies. Prior to her position in Nashville, she completed three seasons as assistant conductor for the Canton Symphony Orchestra in Ohio and music director of the Canton Youth Symphony and the Cleveland-area Heights Chamber Orchestra. Originally from Massachusetts and a member of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus for more than 10 years, she received her Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from The Boston Conservatory and her Master of Music in instrumental conducting from Indiana University. She currently serves on the conducting faculty at the New York Summer Music Festival.
The Nashville Symphony Chorus is dedicated to enriching the greater Nashville community through high-quality performances of works from a vast and growing body of choral literature. The Chorus was formed by Nashville Symphony conductor Willis Page in 1963 to sing Handel’s Messiah. By 1965, the 90-member ensemble was averaging three performances with the Nashville Symphony each season. The Symphony Chorus has been featured on seven recordings.