Mr. Murray Kidd
Mr. Kidd is thrilled to be in his third year with Jubilate Chorale. He is currently the Director of Choral Activities at Xaverian Brothers High School and founding conductor of World Voices Youth Choir. His long association with the Handel & Haydn Society and Boston Baroque has led him to work with such conductors as Christopher Hogwood, Sir Roger Norrington, Seiji Ozawa, John Finney, Robert Spano, Grant Llewellyn, Harry Christophers, Giselle Ben-Dor, and Martin Pearlman. Mr. Kidd has taken part in many of the world’s most prestigious music festivals including: BBC Proms, Casals (Puerto Rico), Tanglewood, Ravinia, Edinburgh, All-Beethoven Easter Festival (Poland), Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and Boston Early Music Festival. He studied conducting with William Dehning and Robert Halseth at University of the Pacific and completed his master’s degree at New England Conservatory. While at the Conservatory, his mentors included Daniel Pinkham, Craig Smith, Martin Isepp, Nico Castel, and Terry Decima.
Previously, Mr. Kidd performed with the Handel & Haydn Society and the Boston Baroque under such notable conductors as Martin Pearlman and Christopher Hogwood.
As a choral educator, Mr. Kidd has been very active in a wide range of activities in Massachusetts. He led the choral department at UMASS Lowell for five years. While there, the ensembles doubled in size. He prepared the University Choir for a collaboration with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops on a Sony DVD recording of Handel’s Messiah Rocks! by Jason Howland. Recently, he finished four successful years as director of choirs at Middleboro High School and previously held the position of the Director of Choirs at the highly decorated Oliver Ames High School in Easton.
Mr. James Hay
James Hay has a Graduate Performance Diploma (with Distinction) in Collaborative Piano from Longy School of Music. Previously, he studied Piano Performance at New England Conservatory of Music. His piano teachers include Wayman Chin, Yoriko Takahashi, and Gabriel Chodos. He has performed in Master Classes with Aube Tzerko, Victor Rosenbaum, Joan Panetti and Warren Jones. Mr. Hay is on the faculty as Visiting Lecturer and Staff Accompanist at both Bridgewater State University and U-Mass Dartmouth. He is Accompanist of the Jubilate Chorale, Bridgewater State University Chorale, U-Mass Dartmouth Chorale, South Coast Children’s Chorus and Organist at First Baptist Church in Brockton. He has been an accompanist for the Boston and Rhode Island Chapters of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, McClosky Institute of Voice, Mass Theatrica, Longwood Opera, North Shore Summer Concert Series, and New England Gilbert and Sullivan Society. He was Music Minister at St. Basil's Chapel in Bridgewater, Organist at Universalist Unitarian Church of Brockton and Studio Accompanist at the Voice Studio of Lin Schuller. Mr. Hay has performed at the Music Mansion in Providence, Rhode Island and the Longfellow House in Cambridge, Massachusetts and was a winner of the Longy School of Music Honors Competition in 2006.