ohn Kenney grew up in State College, PA, the home of Penn State University.
It was in this suburban setting in the midst of Pennsylvania rural lands that he began a music career that would eventually lead him to the metropolis of Boston.
John sang in a boys' choir at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, thus beginning his exposure to great music and in particular great sacred choral music.
As John matured, he sang baritone with the Sanctuary Choir (adult) at the church and toured with them in 1989 to Italy.
After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Penn State, he left bucolic "Happy Valley" to pursue graduate work in Massachusetts.
His undergraduate thesis, Techniques of Expression in the Sacred Music of Monteverdi, led quite naturally to a thesis, Texture and Structure in Adrian Willaert's "Salmi Spezatti", which culminated his work on a Masters Degree in Musicology from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst).
He earned another Masters Degree, this time in Library and Information Science, from Simmons College in Boston, in 1997.
John currently serves as Assistant Head of the Music Library at Boston University, having previously worked at The Boston Conservatory, Simmons College, and the University of Massachusetts (Amherst).
He has been involved in the production of several compact disks of Christmas music and sacred choral music, and has many reviews, articles, and library projects to his credit.
John presently serves as a cantor with the Boston Archdiocesan Choir School, directed by John Dunn.
He previously sang under Alan Taylor as soloist at First Church, Westfield MA, and was the Assistant Director of the UMass Madrigal Singers.
John married his wife, Kimberly, in June 2000.
He has studied the language and culture of Germany, France and Italy and has taken several trips to northern Italy.
One of John's great loves is editing ancient scores for performance.
CanticaNOVA Publications is pleased to offer one of John Kenney's transcriptions in our Treasury of Sacred Music series: