Orchestra & Conductors

Kelly Corcoran

Chorus Director

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Kelly Corcoran, Chorus Director

The 2015/16 season marks Kelly Corcoran's ninth 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. As Associate Conductor for seven seasons, she served as primary conductor for the orchestra's education and community engagement concerts. Director of the Nashville Symphony Chorus since 2013, 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 creation and collaboration, Corcoran also serves as Artistic Director & Conductor of Intersection, a contemporary music ensemble dedicated to challenging the traditional concert experience with performances for all ages. Corcoran founded the Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra 12 years ago and continues to serve on its board.

Corcoran has appeared as guest conductor with many major orchestras, including The Cleveland Orchestra as well as the Atlanta, Charlotte, Detroit, Houston, Knoxville, Memphis, Milwaukee and National  symphonies, often with return engagements. Abroad, she 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.

Corcoran has worked with a range of artists, including Bela Fleck, Brad Paisley, Amy Grant and Chris Botti, and has conducted the film scores to many movies, including Psycho and Casablanca in concert. She also serves as a regular conductor with The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses tour.

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 with the National Symphony Orchestra, where she studied with 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 with Pierre Boulez.


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