Faculty/Staff Profile

Frederick Kennedy, DMA

Professor of Voice

Department: Music
Bryan Fine Arts Building (BFA) 359
PO Box: 5045
(931) 372-3624


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Frederick Kennedy studied at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he earned a Bachelor and Master of Music Degree in piano performance with a voice minor. While there he studied piano with Herbert Newman and voice with Franklin Bens. Other voice teachers have included Andrew Field, Benjamin Matthews, and Jeannine Philippe. Kennedy has studied operatic interpretation with Italo Tajo, Blanche Thebom, and John Alexander. He has studied at the Boris Goldovsky Oglebay Opera Institute and has participated in master classes with Eleanor Steber, John Alexander, and George London. Kennedy also holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in choral conducting from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory.

In the field of opera, this lyric tenor has performed with the Santa Fe Opera, Chattanooga Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Nashville Opera, and Graz Opera Opera companies. His concert appearances have included performances with the St. Louis Bach Society, the Nashville Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony, the Brazilian Symphony, and the Atlanta Symphony under such notable conductors as James Levine, Robert Shaw, Thomas Schippers, and Anton Guadagno. Kennedy has appeared in the role of Camille in Lehar's operetta Die lustige Witwe with Operafestival di Roma in Rome, Italy

Other successes have been his New York recital debut in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall. In 1995 Kennedy was personally invited to the Xian Conservatory of Music - the ShaanXi Province of The Peoples Republic of China. His ten day stay included lectures on American vocal music, master classes, and a recital.

Kennedy's CD - Art Song Heritage of the Americas - was released by CRS. He received glowing reviews in the American Record Review, Society News, and the NATS Journal for his perfomace in this relaease.. Other concert engagements, in addition to master classes, have included various colleges and concert halls throughout the United States.

Kennedy is presently professor of voice at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, TN.

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