SUMMER 2020 Artistic Staff
Summer Choral Intensive Artistic Director
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A native of Quincy, MA, Kirsten Oberoi is a passionate music educator, heavily involved in the music community of the South Shore. In 2016, Kirsten co-founded the South Shore Children’s Chorus with colleague Carey Shunskis. That same year, Kirsten began as the Choral Director at Ahern Middle School in Foxborough, MA. In 2018, Kirsten was elected as the Choral Representative for the Southeastern District board of the Massachusetts Music Educator’s Association, as well as conducted the Junior and Senior SEMSBA Choirs in the spring.
Kirsten’s vision as the Artistic Director of the South Shore Children’s Chorus includes several rehearsal locations, including singers of all ages, experience levels, backgrounds, ethnicities, and more. She works hard to continually find ways to reach and include new, unique singers who need a place to be themselves where they are accepted, while also working to hire directors and staff that are aligned with the mission of the organization and will give quality vocal, choral, and music literacy instruction.
As the Director of SSCC’s Advanced Choir, Kirsten aims to create an atmosphere of professionalism and high-quality music-making in rehearsals. In addition, Kirsten works hard to ensure that each student in the Advanced Choir improves weekly in music literacy through sight-singing classes. Kirsten works daily with over 200 students in the choral program at the Ahern Middle School in Foxboro, where she is also building a music literacy curriculum through sight-singing.
Kirsten graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, CA. Her award-winning compositions are available at www.jwpepper.com. Between 2013 and 2015, Kirsten founded and created several different choral programs for children while living in San Diego, – most notably, the SACRA/PROFANA Summer Choral Intensive. The SCI program, sponsored by San Diego’s only year-round professional choir, SACRA/PROFANA, served 78 students in its first year (2014) and 97 students in its second year including students representing over 35 different high schools and communities.
Other notable choral experiences include conducting the Intermediate Level Choir at San Diego Children’s Choir in 2013-2014, helping to prepare (and performing in) the on-stage chorus for Disney Theatrical’s U.S. Premiere of The Hunchback of Notre Dame in 2014, and singing professional choral performances as a core member of SACRA/PROFANA. Kirsten’s singing voice can be heard on the soundtrack for the live action Beauty and the Beast film released by Walt Disney Pictures in March 2017.
Kirsten believes wholeheartedly in the mission of the South Shore Children’s Chorus, and looks forward to seeing the organization continue to grow!
Summer Chorale Director
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Mr. Coveney began studying piano and voice at the Braintree After School Conservatory (BASC) and then continued his vocal studies at the South Shore Conservatory with Lorna Jane Norris. Throughout high school, Mr. Coveney led sectional rehearsals for the Concert Choir, performed in BHS Theatre Guild productions, studied music theory through the BASC and sang in festivals such as the 2012 and 2013 MMEA All-State Festivals, and the 2014 NAfME All-National Festival in Nashville, TN. These experiences led to his passions for singing and music education.
In 2018, Mr. Coveney continued his studies at Ithaca College where he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and a concentration in voice. While there, he studied voice with Marc Webster. He performed in Ithaca College’s mainstage opera La Clemenza di Tito by Mozart in 2017. In addition to gaining the musical knowledge and educational skills to teach, Mr. Coveney went out into the Ithaca community to enrich his experience as a developing music educator and a chorister through his work as a Tenor Section Leader with the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers under the direction of Dr. Baruch Whitehead. Mr. Coveney can be heard as a featured soloist with this group on their CD and has been featured at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC as well as venues in Montreal. Under the direction of the acclaimed Dr. Janet Galván, he performed at the Lincoln Center in 2017 and as a featured singer at the 2018 Eastern Division American Choral Directors Association with the Ithaca College Choir. He has studied conducting techniques with Dr. Sean Linfors and studied piano privately with Dr. Diane Birr. Mr. Coveney studied advanced choral conducting techniques with Dr. Janet Galván.
Director of Choir & Voice, Stonehill College
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Krishan Oberoi was born in New York and attended Yale University. His work has been featured in TIME magazine, the Los Angeles Times and the Boston Globe, among other publications. As a conductor, he has prepared ensembles for Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino, and Tony award-winning composer Alan Menken.
Oberoi has been hailed as a “visionary” (San Diego Story) for his role as Founder and Principal Guest Conductor of SACRA/PROFANA. He has championed the work of avant-garde composers like Schoenberg and Ligeti. In 2018, Oberoi received a grant from the Krenek Foundation in Austria to conduct performances of 12-tone choral works by composer Ernst Krenek.
Oberoi is the recent recipient of the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Boston University. He currently lives with his wife Kirsten in Massachusetts, where he is Professor of Voice and Director of the Collegiate Chorale at Stonehill College.
Soprano Section Leader
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Michaela Kelly is a graduate student at the New England Conservatory of Music, studying vocal pedagogy with Dr. Ian Howell. Michaela is on faculty at the Handel and Haydn Society where she teaches musicianship for the Youth Choruses program. She also teaches undergraduate private voice lessons at NEC. Her teaching career has included two years as the chorus teacher at A. L Stanback Middle School in Orange County, North Carolina. While at A. L Stanback she doubled the size of the chorus program, received teaching excellence award, and her choir received superior ratings at MPA. Michaela holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Alto Section Leader
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Kristen Murdaugh, mezzo-soprano, is a performer of opera, oratorio, and art song. With a passion for contemporary repertoire, she recently sang the role of Estelle in John Musto’s Later the Same Evening under the direction of Robert Tweten and Joshua Major. Her other recent opera credits include Zita in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and La Zia Principessa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica — both under the direction of Steven Goldstein and Christopher Larkin; Madame Flora in Menotti’s The Medium as well as roles in works by Bizet, Britten, Mozart, Puccini, Rossini, and Gilbert & Sullivan. An avid performer of sacred repertoire, she has been a featured soloist with the South Carolina Bach Choir, North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, Furman Symphony Orchestra, and Furman Chamber Choir on works such as Bach’s Die Elenden sollen essen, Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, and Honegger’s King David. She is currently in her second year as the alto section leader at the United Parish of Brookline where she recently sang the contralto solos in the world premier of Christopher LaRosa’s oratorio Joshua. She has participated in masterclasses led by Betsy Bishop, Kathryn Cowdrick, and Martin Katz while in the United States, and in masterclasses led by Angelika Kirchschlager and Luigi Marzola while studying and performing in Europe. Kristen holds a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance and German studies from Furman University where she graduated summa cum laude. She is currently working on her Master of Music degree in vocal pedagogy at the New England Conservatory of Music and runs a private voice studio in the Greater Boston Area. Her teachers include Lisa Saffer, Ian Howell, Lisa Barksdale, Jill Feldman, and Trudy Fuller.
Tenor Section Leader
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Bass Section Leader