Donald Kendrick

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Donald M. Kendrick (born 1947) is the Calgary, Alberta-born director of choral activities at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) [1] and the director of music at Sacred Heart Church where he conducts Schola Cantorum and Vox Nova (Men's Chorus), and the founder and artistic director of the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra (a 200 voice volunteer/auditioned symphony chorus and professional orchestra).[2] He is also the founder and past artistic director of the Sacramento Children's Chorus.


Kendrick taught, led choirs and played the organ in Regina, Saskatchewan, where he was on the faculty at the then-University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus, was the organist and choirmaster at St. Paul's Cathedral (Regina), the Anglican Cathedral in that city, and led the choral section of the summer arts school at Fort San, Saskatchewan, was organist and choirmaster at Christ's Church Anglican Cathedral in Hamilton, Ontario where he conducted the Bach-Elgar Choir,[3] and established the Hamilton Children's Choir.[4] He also conducted the Canadian Children's Opera Chorus.[5]

Kendrick holds academic qualifications from:

He has been on the faculties of

Guest appearances and tours[edit]

Kendrick debuted in Carnegie Hall with the Verdi Requiem in 1995 [6] and has frequently been featured on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio as a recitalist and conductor;[1] he has been active as a guest conductor and adjudicator for choral festivals throughout Canada and the USA. At the California State University, Sacramento he directs the graduate degree program in choral conducting. Dr Kendrick conducted Carmina Burana at Carnegie Hall in May 2003 and completed a choral tour of England with performances in London, Oxford, Salisbury, Bristol and Sherborne in the Summer of 2003.[citation needed]

Kendrick has taken his CSUS choirs on three Canadian tours. In July 2004 he combined the CSUS program with the Sacramento Choral Society and conducted a European tour performing in Munich, Prague, Vienna and Budapest. In July 2006 the Sacramento Choral Society made its debut in the People's Republic of China, performing in Tianjin, Beijing, Xi'an and Jinan.


  1. ^ a b "Dr. Donald M. Kendrick". Conductors of the CSU Sacramento Choral Music Program. California State University. 
  2. ^ "Our Conductor". Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra. 
  3. ^ Bach-Elgar Choir of Hamilton in The Canadian Encyclopedia
  4. ^ "Our History". Hamilton Children's Choir. 
  5. ^ Canadian Children's Opera Chorus in The Canadian Encyclopedia
  6. ^ Allan Kozinn (1995-05-16). "Visitors From Abroad, And From the United States". In performance; Music. New York Times. 

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