James Kennerley | Artistic Director


James Kennerley began his musical career as a chorister at Chelmsford Cathedral in his native England at age 10. The English singing tradition is world-renowned and is responsible for producing some of the great musicians of today. James continued to study voice and vocal pedagogy to the graduate level and is delighted to perform and teach regularly in addition to his work as a conductor and keyboardist. James was Organ Scholar at Jesus College, Cambridge University, working with the children’s choir on a daily basis. James then took a position at Saint Paul’s Cathedral, London, and worked daily with the famous choir of men and boys and taught at the cathedral’s school. In 2006, James became Director of the Choir of Men and Boys at Christ Episcopal Church, Greenwich, CT, directing the boys’ and the girls’ choirs and creating a comprehensive vocal and music education syllabus. James continues to be actively involved with many children’ choruses, including the Choir of Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, and the New York Chamber Choirs. He is delighted to lead the NJSCC, continuing the excellent and inspiring work of Dusty Francis.

Elizabeth Smith | Chorus Manager

Praised for her affecting voice and committed performances, Elizabeth Smith is a soprano based in New York City. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, her opera credits include Mařenka (The Bartered Bride), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), and Fiordiligi (Così fan Tutte). As accomplished concert and choral perfomer, Elizabeth sings with groups such as the Collegiate Chorale and the New York Virtuoso Singers, the Saint Patrick’s Cathedral Choir and the Bard Festival Chorus. Elizabeth is an experienced children’s music educator, and has worked with children of all ages. She is a senior teacher at Hands On! A Musical Experience, a Teaching Artist with the Metropolitan Opera Guild, and has collaborated with the Manhattan Girls Chorus as well as teaching privately. She is excited to be a part of making the choral tradition available to children of all ages.

Elizabeth holds a Master of Music from the Eastman School of Music and a Bachelor of Musical Arts from Brigham Young University Idaho.

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