Named “Best Classical Conductor” in 2015 by the Nashville Scene, Kelly Corcoran is a passionate advocate for the robust place of classical music in our lives and the lives of future generations. Corcoran is Artistic Director of Intersection, a contemporary music ensemble dedicated to challenging the traditional concert experience with concerts for all ages. Corcoran conducted the Nashville Symphony for nine seasons both as Associate Conductor and Director of the Symphony Chorus where she conducted the orchestra in hundreds of performances and was the primary conductor for the education and community engagement concerts. Corcoran founded the Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra thirteen years ago, and continues to serve on the board.
Corcoran has appeared as a guest conductor with many major orchestras including The Cleveland Orchestra, the Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, Milwaukee, and National Symphonies, often with return engagements. Abroad, Corcoran has appeared with orchestras in Argentina, England, Spain, Mexico and Chile. Corcoran has worked with a range of artists and styles such as Bela Fleck and Amy Grant, film scores in concert, and as a regular conductor with The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses tour.
Corcoran attended The Boston Conservatory and Indiana University. Her primary mentors are Leonard Slatkin and Marin Alsop. She also focused on contemporary literature with Pierre Boulez at the Lucerne Festival.
Corcoran cares deeply about equity, our youth and the future of classical music and participated in REAL (Racial Equity in Arts Leadership), Project Music and Leadership Music and is an Advisor for Music Makes Us.
More details are available at www.kellycorcoran.net