Virtual Jazz Honor Choir
Open by application to Rhode Island students in grades 9-12
Virtual Jazz Honor Choir Conductor- Jeff Kerr
Virtual Jazz Honor Choir Manager- Ryan Muir
Mr. Jeff Kerr is a music educator with over 20 years experience in teaching all styles and levels of music in both public and private settings. He currently directs the vocal ensembles in addition to teaching Music Technology, AP Music Theory, and Schola at Portsmouth Abbey. He is also the musical director during winter term. Mr. Kerr's primary instrument is his voice, and he was fortunate enough to sing with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the choral ensemble for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, from 1994-2012. Some of his favorite memories are: singing for the opening ceremonies of the 1998 Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan; performing with James Taylor at the opening of the new Garden in Boston (TD Garden); and being a part of two recordings, "Summon the Heroes," the 1996 Olympic album with the BSO, and the soundtrack for Stephen Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan,” written and conducted by John Williams. He has also been invited as a guest conductor for festivals in Rhode Island and Connecticut. Vocal Jazz is one of his specialties and he has taken his students to compete at the Berklee College of Music High School Jazz Festival, from which they have consistently taken home awards on this national stage. Jeff is also very active in music education at the state level. He is an active member of the Rhode Island Music Education Association (RIMEA) and he is the Vocal Jazz Repertoire Chair for the RI chapter of ACDA (American Choral Directors Association). Recently, he has taken up the bagpipes and has become a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernian's Pipes and Drums, located in Newport's Fifth Ward.