Kelly Ford

interview with profESSOR ford


Assistant Professor Kelly Ford's teaching duties include Conducting, Vocal Diction, History of Music, Sight-singing/Ear-training, Choral Arranging and conducting the SJC Chamber Singers, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Men of Saint Joe and Concert Choir.

Ford is currently pursuing his doctorate in Education.  He has studied saxophone performance under John Nichol, vocal performance under Dr. Jeffrey Foote, Mary Stewart-Kiesgen, Tim Caldwell and Cora Enman and conducting under Dr. Nina Nash-Robertson, John Williamson and Dr. Craig Arnold. He has worked under the direction of Margaret Hillis (Founder and Director of the Chicago Symphony Chorus), Peter Tiboris (conductor, Manhattan Philharmonic), Eph Ely, and Anton Armstrong.

Ford has toured with ensembles throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, including performances at the United States Capitol, Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, the National Concert Hall in Dublin Ireland, and Vatican City, and has presented at MMEA and ACDA regional and national conferences.

Under the guidance of Dr. David Gillingham, he has written several compositions and arrangements for chorus, and inspired numerous students in their own compositional careers. For has been a music educator for K-12 vocal and instrumental music with award winning ensembles in public schools for over twenty years and has also served as a Director of Music Liturgy, schola director and organist with Catholic parishes since he was 13 years old. 

Ford is a founding member of Stolen Moments, the SCB Orchestra and Central Harmony Barbershop Chorus, and shared the jazz stage with Phil Woods, Buddy Rich and the Count Basie Orchestra.  He has also directed, music directed or acted in a large number of theater productions at the local, regional and professional level, and has even appeared in several major motion pictures. 

He has served on the board of directors for the Carnegie Players, Lafayette Symphony Orchestra and is currently state chair of student and youth activities for the Indiana Choral Directors Association. He is a Fellow with Saint Joseph’s College and an honorary member of Alpha Lambda Delta.  

Ford is, or has been an active member of the Michigan School Vocal Music Association, Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, Indiana State School Music Association, Music Educators National Conference, American Choral Directors Association, Church Music Association of America, National Association for Teacher of Singing and Centre International d'Etudes Liturgiques (CIEL) USA. 

Ford is in frequent demand as an adjudicator and clinician with music programs throughout the Midwest.  He is a fourth degree Knight of Columbus.

Ford is married to his wife of 23 years, Jodi.  Together they raise four children, a dog and four barn cats in rural Indiana. 




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