Stephen Kennedy is Director of Music and Organist of Christ Church, Rochester, and Instructor of Sacred Music at the Eastman School of Music. He is also Instructor of Organ for Eastman’s Community Music School.
Stephen is the founder and director of the Christ Church Schola Cantorum that specializes in the weekly performance of Compline at Christ Church. This ensemble is also a course at the Eastman School of Music. The group has been featured in various national radio broadcasts, and has recorded for ARSIS and LOFT records.
Stephen has appeared in many venues as organ soloist in programs of standard repertoire as well as recitals consisting solely of improvisations. He has been a performer and lecturer for local and regional events of the American Guild of Organists, and has given workshops on choral music and chant and improvisation in the U.S. and abroad. He is also a composer of choral, instrumental, and chamber music as well as a collaborative musician. His composition Luma Voce, a dance score of computer-generated sounds with an overlay of vocal improvisation was commissioned by Jamey Leverett and the Rochester City Ballet and served as the finale to RCB’s New York City debut. He has also performed organ improvisations in collaboration with choreographers James Hansen and Vanessa Van Wormer.
In his spare time, Stephen is also a visual artist. His paintings have gained the attention of art collectors across the US and in Europe.