THE CONCORD CHORUS, a nonprofit organization founded in 1945, occupies an honored place in the musical life of Concord, Massachusetts and surrounding communities. The 120-voice chorus is a wonderful group of welcoming people who enjoy singing and learning excellent choral repertoire and performing at the highest level. The repertory of the Concord Chorus encompasses choral-orchestral and smaller works from the 16th century to the present. Rehearsals are held Monday evenings in Concord, Massachusetts. Under the leadership of its Music Director, Dr. Kevin Leong, the Concord Chorus invites you to share in a musical experience that will be fun and fulfilling.
Our next open rehearsals will be held in September 2016. If you love classical choral music, please consider joining us! Tenors and basses are especially welcome. For more information click here.
KEVIN LEONG is in his fourth season as Music Director of the Concord Chorus. He is also Guest Conductor of the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston and previously served for eight years as Associate Conductor of the Harvard-Radcliffe Choruses at Harvard University, where he directed the Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus and co-conducted the Harvard Glee Club, the Radcliffe Choral Society, and the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum.
Dr. Leong’s teaching interests include presenting a wide repertoire to singers and audiences alike. This season’s activities with the Concord Chorus included winter holiday concerts in December and a 70th Anniversary Concert in May featuring Mozart’s Requiem (in the version completed by Robert Levin) and the world premiere of Michael Schachter’s Uriel, a setting of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s poem commissioned especially for the occasion. As a choral clinician, Dr. Leong has worked with high school ensembles from the United States and Canada. His choruses have performed in many venues around the country and abroad. International tours have included the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Australia, and Japan.
Dr. Leong earned a doctoral degree in Choral Conducting from Boston University, where he studied with Ann Howard Jones, David Hoose, Jeremy Yudkin, and Craig Smith. His dissertation, entitled “The Hymn Settings of Ludwig Senfl’s Liber vesperarum festorum solennium, D-Mbs Mus. Ms. 52,” is the 2008 winner of the Julius Herford Prize, awarded nationally each year by the American Choral Directors Association for the outstanding doctoral thesis in choral music. At Harvard University, where he graduated with a Ph.D. in Biophysics, he worked closely with Jameson Marvin for many years and served as Associate in Music at Adams House.
Dr. Leong has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in choral conducting and choral literature at Harvard and Boston University and has won several teaching awards. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and studied voice with Martha Elliott at Princeton University. He performs as a tenor with various choral ensembles in the Boston area and appears with the Choir of the Church of the Advent on the Arsis label. Dr. Leong is a native of suburban Philadelphia.