Professor of Music
Areas of expertiseVoice, Chorale, SU Singers, Conducting
Dr. Kenny Sheppard is Professor of Music at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. Under his leadership, the Southwestern University Chorale has performed at the Orchestra of Santa Fe Bach Festival, for state and national music conventions, with the Austin Symphony, the Big Spring Symphony, the Fort Worth Symphony, the Temple Symphony, the Austin Civic Orchestra, and the Air Force Band. In 2010, members of the SU Chorale traveled to China to perform with Sheppard at the Oriental Arts Centre in Shanghai as part of the World Expo. In 2013 he travelled with the SU Chorale to Italy and performed at several great venues including St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice and St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. In 2016 he will lead the Chorale in a concert tour of France with performances in Paris, Nice, and Aix-en-Provence.
In addition to numerous choral clinics and festivals, Sheppard's guest appearances include the Austin Symphony Orchestra, International Festival-Institute at Round Top, Big Spring Symphony, Austin Civic Orchestra, Austin Youth Orchestra, and numerous choral and orchestral festivals throughout the country. Sheppard made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2004 as a guest conductor for Mid-America Productions.
Sheppard served as Conductor of Chorus Austin from 2001 to 2008. During that time he prepared and conducted 58 concerts with Chorus Austin, and he prepared the chorus for 12 additional concerts conducted by Maestro Peter Bay of the Austin Symphony. The Austin Critics Table named one of those concerts with the ASO, The Mighty Russians, as the outstanding choral performance of the 2002-03 season. In 2008 Sheppard lead Chorus Austin in a concert tour with performances in Budapest, Hungary and Prague, Czech Republic.
Sheppard is known for his experience conducting choral works with orchestra, having conducted more than sixty such works. He devoted the first nine years of his career to teaching choral music in public schools in Odessa, Big Spring, and McAllen. He joined the Southwestern University faculty in Georgetown, Texas, in 1974. As Professor of Music at SU, he conducts the University Chorale and the Southwestern Singers, and he teaches courses related to conducting and teacher preparation. He also conducted the Southwestern University Orchestra for thirteen years, performing with the University Chorale at the Southwest Division meeting of the American Choral Directors' Association in 1994.
A devoted teacher, Dr. Sheppard has mentored many students who now hold positions as conductors and teachers in public schools, churches, and universities. He is the Director of the Conductors Institute of Southwestern University, serving conductors at all stages of professional development.
PhD, Texas Tech University, 1987
MME, Texas Tech University, 1970
B. Mus., Hardin Simmons University 1965
Professor of Music
December 31, 1969 - present
The oratorios of G.F. Handel: Messiah, Judas Maccabaeus, Israel in Egypt, Samson
Research and performance with chorus and orchestra
Honors & Awards
William Carrington Finch Professor, Southwestern University 2010-1012
Austin Critics Table Award for Best Choral Performance in Austin, 2003
Mundy Award - for service, Southwestern University, 2010
Mr. Homecoming - elected by SU Alumi, 1995