Kelly Corcoran > Orchestra Conductor
The 2014/15 season marks Kelly Corcoran’s eighth season with the Nashville Symphony. During this time, she has conducted the Nashville Symphony in hundreds of performances, including the Symphony’s Classical and Pops Series, and has served as the primary conductor for the orchestra’s education and community engagement concerts. Corcoran served as Associate Conductor for seven seasons and was recently named Director for the Nashville Symphony Chorus. Corcoran is a passionate advocate for music education and a member of the Advisory Council for Nashville’s Music Makes Us initiative.
Always interested in creating something new and collaborating with others, Corcoran plans to unveil her latest project, Intersection, an exciting new music ensemble with concerts for all ages including family programming this season. Corcoran created and founded the Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra eleven years ago and continues to serve on the board.
Corcoran has appeared as a guest conductor with many major orchestras including The Cleveland Orchestra as well as the Atlanta, Colorado, Charleston, Charlotte, Detroit, Houston, Knoxville, Memphis, Milwaukee, National and Utah Symphonies, the Naples Philharmonic, and Louisville Orchestra often with return engagements. Abroad, Corcoran has conducted the Orquesta Sinfónica UNCuyo in Mendoza, Argentina, the Bournemouth (UK) Symphony and competed in the VIII Cadaqués Orchestra International Conducting Competition in Spain. Interested in many musical styles, Corcoran has worked with a range of artists such as Bela Fleck, Brad Paisley, Amy Grant and Chris Botti and has conducted the film scores to many movies including Psycho and Casablanca in concert.
Originally from Massachusetts and a member of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus for more than 10 years, Corcoran received her Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from The Boston Conservatory and her Master of Music in instrumental conducting from Indiana University. She made her professional conducting debut in 2004, conducting the National Symphony Orchestra where she studied with her primary mentor, Leonard Slatkin. Corcoran studied with and shared concerts with Marin Alsop as Honorable Mention for the Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship. She also attended the Lucerne Festival’s master class in conducting, focusing on contemporary orchestral literature with Pierre Boulez.