Though Renee Kingan teaches Literary Arts at SOA, she has spent most of her life making music. She began her musical career as a flutist in fourth grade and began playing the tenor saxophone for the jazz band at Shawnee High School in Medford, NJ. In addition to playing in concert band, marching band, regional orchestra, pit orchestra for musicals (My Fair Lady, Grease, and Forty-Second Street), church music ensembles, All South Jersey Band, Orchestra, and Wind Ensemble, young Renee also spent two summers playing pit percussion in the then-fledgling Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps.
Also during her undergraduate years, Ms. Kingan was selected as a member of the 1996 Disney All-American College Band, and she began her ten-year career as a musician at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. At Busch Gardens, Ms. Kingan played in the Starlight Orchestra, the StarFRIGHT orchestra, This is Oktoberfest, Dublin Over, Holiday in Roma, and Funiculi Funicula. She also spent a season as a stage manager for Starlight, Starfright, and Roma where she mixed live sound in addition to bossing people around (and cleaning up after them). Other professional gigs have included playing for Carnival Cruise Lines, the Williamsburg Classic Swing Orchestra, the Tidewater Saxophone Quartet, the Tom Cunningham Orchestra, the Buddy Clarke Spirit of America Band, and pit orchestras for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Urinetown, and Guys and Dolls. Ms. Kingan has also played in several community bands both here and in Northern Virginia.
When she’s not making a lot of noise with her instruments, you can find Ms. Kingan teaching Literary Arts to 10th and 8th graders, taking grad classes in American Studies at William & Mary, designing and maintaining the SOA website and online literary magazine, helping with audio for SOA productions, teaching private flute and saxophone lessons, dressing up in silly outfits, riding her bike to raise money for the National MS Society, or spending time with her wonderful roommates.