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John F. ("Jeff") Kelley, Ph.D., CPE
Tenor I

Clarkesville, GA
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Musical Education:

·         1988-2002 Private voice instruction, Marie Traficante, Susanne Peck, Carol Evans

·         1983-1985 Voice classes, SUNY/Purchase, NY

·         1980-1982 Voice instruction, Peabody Conservatory at Baltimore, MD

·         1970-1971 Undergraduate music major, University of California at Santa Barbara, CA

 Professional voice and stage experience.

·         2004 Tenor, A German Requiem, Brahms with Collegium Westchester, Music Director: Eric Kramer

·         2002 Tenor, Symphony #1, Beethoven & Psalm 20 for Chorus and Orchestra, Eric Kramer (World Premiere) with Collegium Westchester

·         2002 Tenor, Mass in B Minor, Bach with Connecticut Choral Society, John Liepold, Music Director.

·         2001 Tenor (professional quartet) on CD ("I was born in iniquity") written by Alfonso Joseph, produced by Juan Wust

·         2001 Cantor, St. Francis Xavier Church, New Milford, CT; Joe Koch, Music Director

·         1998-1999 Tenor, Marble Collegiate Church Festival of Voices avocational choir, including 2 substitute engagements with Marble Collegiate Choir (professional)

·         1997-1998 Tenor, professional quartet, Temple Israel, Croton, NY

·         1997-2004 Tenor, Resident Chorus (and President/Webmaster), The Dennis Keene Choral Festival, Inc..  Music Director: Dennis Keene.

·         1993-2004 Tenor (and President): Charis, A Capella Ensemble, Dobbs Ferry, NY; Susanne Peck, Music Director. (Including: CD From Sorrow Free, CD Hoping It Might Be So: Christmastide, Liebeslieder, a Brahms concert with Richard Kapp and Philharmonia Virtuosi at SUNY, Purchase, and several premiered works by contemporary composers)

·         1998-2000 Tenor (occasional): Cerddorion Chamber Ensemble, Susanne Peck, Music Director.

·         1997 "McLaren", Assistant Director: Brigadoon, Tri-County Opera, Janine Purtell, Music Director.

·         1996 "Max": The Sound of Music, Tri-County Opera, Janine Purtell, Music Director.

·         1992-1996 Tenor: St. Mark's Choir, Mt. Kisco, NY; David Graf, Music Director
(Including: The Passion according to St. John, J.S. Bach; and solo work in: Dixit Dominus, Handel; Timete Dominum, Michael Haydn; Magnificat, Pergolesi)

·         1995 "Mr. Bumble": Oliver, Tri-County Opera, Janine Purtell, Music Director.

·         1994 Tenor Ringer Carmina Burana with The Westchester Chorale

·         1994 Tenor (chorus section leader): The Magic Flute, Mozart; Tri-County Opera in Scarsdale, NY.

·         1988-1993 Tenor, counter-tenor, soloist (and co-founder): Serious Fun A-Capella Double-Sextet; Suz Gaffney, Music Director (Including: Holiday Music 1992, with Philharmonia Virtuosi at the World Trade Center and SUNY, Purchase.)

·         1987-1995 Voice-overs and on-camera narrations for a number of scientific videos, including "Interactive Digital Video", produced by the Association of Computing Machinery and IBM and broadcast on many PBS stations

Avocational Voice experience.

·         2005-current Tenor/Soloist/Webmaster, Archdiocesan Festival Choir of Atlanta.  Kevin Culver, Choir  Master; J. Wayne Baughman, Music Director

·         2006, 2007 Chorus (Scribe/Soldier), The Play of Herod – a 12th Century Latin Musical Drama, Atlanta Camerata; Kelly Morris, Director; Kevin Culver, Music Director

·         2004-2005 Tenor/Cantor, St. Catherine of Siena (Kennesaw, GA).  Nila Alexander, Director

·         2001-2004 Tenor/Cantor, St. Francis Xavier Choir (New Milford, CT).  Joe Koch, Director

·         1996-2001 Tenor (section leader), St. Patrick’s Choir (Yorktown Heights, NY).  Kathy Lewis, Director.

·         Conducted acapella portion of Philharmonia Virtuosi’s 1993 Holiday Concert at SUNY, Purchase.

·         Various small conducting assignments, St. Mark’s Choir, Mt. Kisco, NY

·         Assorted engagements in Westchester as Master of Ceremonies for various events; guest spots on local cable shows.

·         1994-1997 Serious Fun Acapella Sextet

·         1986-1997 O.K. Chorale of Westchester

·         1984-1996 Taghkanic Chorale (*)

·         1981-1982 Baltimore Symphony Chorus, Sergiu Commissiona director
(Including Psalmen au David conducted by the composer, Krzysztof Penderecki.)

·         1980-1982 Johns Hopkins Glee Club. Hugh Wolff, director

·         1967-1968 Lead singer for garage band "The Pile" (appropriately named)

Stage / Opera / Musical theater experience.

·         The Play of Herod – a 12th Century Latin Musical Drama (Scribe/Soldier, Videographer), Atlanta Camerata (2006, 2007)

·         Il Trovatore (chorus), Hudson Valley Opera

·         Isn’t It Romantic (Stage Director), CDG (Chappaqua Drama Group)

·         A Little Night Music "Frid", CDG

·         Three-Penny Opera "Smith", CDG

·         Oklahoma "Sam", CDG

·         Madame Butterfly (chorus), SUNY Purchase

·         The Mikado "Nan Ki Poo", Peabody Institute


(*) The Taghkanic Chorale: During his 9 years as a Tenor with (and past-President of) the Chorale under the directorship of Dr. Dennis Keene, Jeff’s repertoire included: Bach Mass in B Minor and Magnificat, Brahms Ein Deitsches Requiem, Dvorak Te Deum, Mendelssohn Elijah, Mozart Requiem, Gregg Smith American Liebeslieder (world premiere, commissioned by the Taghkanic Chorale), Handel Messiah, Monteverdi Vespers, Orff Carmina Burana, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle, Vivaldi Gloria, and some 200 other works. The Chorale has performed at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Peekskill, SUNY’s Arts Center in Purchase and Town Hall, Alice Tully Hall, St. Bartholemew’s Church and Church of Ascension in New York City. The Taghkanic Chorale has performed and made professional recordings on a number of occasions with Philharmonia Virtuosi under the baton of Richard Kapp. I have been chosen to participate in various small-group highlights during Taghkanic Chorale performances including a solo from Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC with Philharmonia Virtuosi.


In Prose...

When the moon is out, Jeff Kelley is also out, nurturing a semi- professional voice and stage career. Since 1982, Jeff has performed a variety of stage roles including Nan Ki Poo (The Mikado), Frid (A Little Night Music), Smith (3-Penny Opera), Sam (Oklahoma), Mr. Bumble (Oliver), Max (The Sound of Music), and MacLaren (Brigadoon, also assistant director). Jeff has had solo parts in The Magic Flute and Il Trovatore and has done solo and chorus work with Charis Chamber Voices (founding member and past-president), the Taghkanic Chorale (past-president), the Dennis Keene Choral Festival (past-president), the Baltimore Symphony Chorus, Philharmonia Virtuosi, and the O.K. Chorale of Westchester. Jeff’s professional and avocational work has included: The Charis-matics professional vocal quartet (founding member), St. Mark’s choir in Mt. Kisco (section leader), St. Patrick’s choir in Yorktown Heights (section leader), various ringer and solo jobs with groups that include the Westchester Chorale and Tri County Opera, member (and co-founder) of the Serious Fun acapella quartet, tenor (and board member) of the Archdiocesan Festival Choir of Atlanta, and various on-camera and off-camera narrator/voice-over jobs for professional videos (with some runs on PBS). Jeff has done some conducting, stage-directing, video production, he has made local appearances as Master of Ceremonies for various events, and has appeared in guest spots on local cable shows.

By day, Dr. Kelley, a Certified Professional Ergonomist and Fellow (and past-President) of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), with a Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University, works as a human factors psychologist and computer application designer with IBM (with an 18-month “sabbatical” in 2004 at SA Technologies in Marietta, GA. In 1996, Jeff received, for his work at IBM, one of the highest awards given by his professional society (HFES): the coveted Alexander C. Williams Award for "Outstanding contributions of Human Factors to the design of a major operational system." Jeff has held several positions within HFES, including 6 years as Technical Program Chair, culminating in his election as President of that organization for 2008.  Jeff also served as Editor of the internationally celebrated magazine, Ergonomics in Design. Jeff has won several awards from IBM for his patent portfolio and application design work. Jeff’s group was responsible for the Expo ’92 Guest Services Kiosk system at the World’s Fair in Seville, Spain (used by over 15 million visitors), and the Visitor Information Kiosk system at the Museum of Natural History in New York City.


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