Jeanne Kelly's career of over forty years has produced a unique blend of experience as a vocal performer, teacher, conductor and music administrator that has prepared her well to serve as the Founder and Artistic Director of Encore Creativity for Older Adults.
As a performer, Ms. Kelly made her professional operatic debut with the Washington Opera at the Kennedy Center. She has also performed major roles with the Baltimore Opera, Opera Delaware, Central City Opera, Tulsa Opera, Annapolis Opera, and the New York City Opera Education Department. She appeared in the world premiere of Rappaccini's Daughter with the Pennsylvania Opera Theater.
In addition to having maintained a private voice studio in Maryland and Virginia, Ms. Kelly served on the faculties of the Levine School of Music, Washington, DC; Hood College, Frederick, Maryland; and the Baltimore School for the Arts.
Ms. Kelly served as conductor of the Women's Glee Club at the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, and the Georgetown University Concert Choir.
She was Executive Director of the Houston Conservatory of Music and, from 1997 until 2007, was Executive Director of the Northern Virginia Campus of the Levine School of Music.
Ms. Kelly earned an undergraduate degree in voice performance and piano from the University of Findlay, Ohio, and a master's degree in voice performance from the Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore.
Robert Rund joined encore as Executive Director in September 2018. Robert comes to us with a vast array of experience in the world of performing and choral arts. Most recently, Robert served as Regional Director of Development for Harmony Foundation International, an organization that connects people through charitable giving to enrich lives through singing. Previously, Robert held positions of Executive Director of the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, President and Head of School at The American Boychoir School in Princeton, New Jersey, Executive Director and Founder of Community Arts Partnership at the Peddie School (CAPPS) in Hightstown, New Jersey, Associate Publisher of Musical America Worldwide in New York City, and finally, President of R2C2, a successful consulting firm serving internationally renowned performing artists, ensembles and organizations.
Robert earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, and a Master of Arts in Arts Administration degree from Goucher College in Towson, Maryland. In addition, Robert was one of 50 non-profit arts leaders internationally selected in 2004 for a fellowship offered by Stanford University Graduate School of Business and National Arts Strategies. Robert has sung choral music throughout his entire life, directed several amateur choral groups, and continues to compose and arrange vocal music as an avocation.