Dr. Susan Kelly joined the Vox Grata Women’s Choir in 2015 and became associate conductor for the ensemble in 2016. Dr. Kelly was appointed to the position of Assistant Professor of Music/Choral Director at Tennessee State University in 2015, where she directs the University Choir and Meistersingers, teaches classes in Music Education and Conducting, and teaches Applied Voice. Aside from her work at TSU and with Vox Grata, she serves as a soprano section leader at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Nashville, and also sings soprano with the Tennessee Chamber Chorus, a professional choir based in eastern Tennessee.
Before coming to Tennessee State University, Dr. Kelly taught at Abington Heights High School in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania where she directed the 120-voice Concert Choir, the Women’s Ensemble, the Men’s Ensemble, and served as music director for the musical. She also served as director of the Cantare Choir of The Choral Society of Northeast Pennsylvania, a community high-school women’s ensemble that performed at both state ACDA and PMEA conferences, as the Director of Music at the First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, and as a soprano with The Lyric Consort, an eight-voice vocal ensemble.
Susan 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. Prior to her move to TSU, Susan was active in both Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA), in which she served as Choral Coordinator of District 9, and American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), in which she served as President-Elect Designate of ACDA-PA. Currently she is serving as the Ensemble-Specific Repertoire and Resources Chair for ACDA-TN.