Kevin Leong, Music Director


KEVIN LEONG is in his seventh season as Music Director of the Concord Chorus.  He is also Music Director and Conductor of the Masterworks Chorale 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 include winter holiday concerts in December and a performance of Fauré’s Requiem and Mendelssohn’s Psalm 42 and Vom Himmel hoch in May.  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 solenniumD-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.


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