MEET CARMEL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA MUSIC DIRECTOR/CONDUCTOR FINALIST KELLY CORCORAN
After evaluating more than 130 applications, reviewing personal responses from 25 candidates and conducting Skype interviews with 12, the Carmel Symphony Orchestra’s (CSO) Music Director Search Committee has narrowed the field to three finalists to become the next CSO’s Music Director/Conductor.
Conducting the March 11 CSO performance, “Tchaikovsky & Strauss,” will be Kelly Corcoran. Kelly currently serves as the Artistic Director of Intersection, a contemporary music ensemble dedicated to challenging the traditional concert experience with concerts for all ages. Prior to that she conducted the Nashville Symphony for nine seasons, both as Associate Conductor and Director of the Symphony Chorus, where she conducted the orchestra in hundreds of performances and was the primary conductor for the education and community engagement concerts. Named “Best Classical Conductor” in 2015 by the Nashville Scene, Corcoran is a passionate advocate for the robust place of classical music in our lives and the lives of future
generations. She founded the Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra 13 years ago and continues to serve on the board. Kelly has appeared as a guest conductor with many major orchestras including The Cleveland Orchestra as well as the Atlanta, Colorado, Charleston, Charlotte, Detroit, Houston, Knoxville, Memphis, Milwaukee, National and Utah
Symphonies, the Naples Philharmonic, and Louisville Orchestra often with return engagements. Interested in many
musical st les, Kelly has worked with a range of artists such as Bela Fleck, Brad Paisley, Amy Grant and Chris Botti, and has conducted the film scores to many movies including Psycho and Casablanca in concert. She also serves as a regular conductor with The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses tour.
Originally from Massachusetts and a member of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus for more than 10 years, Kelly received her Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from The Boston Conservatory and her Master of Music in instrumental conducting from Indiana University. She made her professional conducting debut in 2004, conducting
the National Symphony Orchestra where she studied with her primary mentor, Leonard Slatkin. She studied with and shared the podium with Marin Alsop as Honorable Mention for the Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship, and attended the Lucerne Festival's master class in conducting, focusing on contemporary orchestral literature with Pierre Boulez.
Kelly cares deeply about equity, our youth and the future of classical music and participated in REAL (Racial Equity in Arts Leadership), Project Music and Leadership Music and is an Advisor for Music Makes Us.