Jeffrey Kern is Head of the Vocal Division at UArts, and a teacher, composer/arranger, conductor, pianist, and singer.
Jeffrey joined the faculty of the University of the Arts in 1991, where he currently holds the rank of Associate Professor. His teaching responsibilities include applied voice, conducting, advanced piano classes, advanced sight reading, vocal pedagogy for teachers, musicianship, jazz ear training, styles and diction for vocalists, and classes for the Musical Theater Minor. He conducts the University Chorus, Handbell Ensemble, and various small vocal ensembles, while serving as head of the Voice Department. He has also acted as music director in the School of Theater Arts' productions of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Cabaret, A Chorus Line, Rodgers and Hart Revue, On the Town, and Weird Romance. In 1998, he received the Louise Beitzel Award for excellence in teaching.
Mr. Kern presently serves as conductor of the Voices of The POPS, a 12-voice professional group that sings with Peter Nero and The Philly POPS. He also conducts the Pops Festival Chorus, a 125-voice chorus that sings with the Philly Pops for their Holiday Concerts. In addition, Mr. Kern serves as vocal coach for many prominent Broadway actors who perform with the Philly POPS.
From 1991-2000, Mr. Kern served as Assistant Conductor of the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia. During his tenure, he conducted members of Choral Arts in performances of Kodaly’s Missa Brevis at the Annenberg Center with the Jose Limon Dance Company, and prepared the chorus for performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra that include Ravel’s Daphnes et Chloe, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Saint-Saens’ complete Samson et Dalila, Mahler’s Symphonies No. 2 and 3, Grieg’s Peer Gynt, Debussy’s Nocturnes and Handel’s Messiah. Recently he prepared the chorus for performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, combined with the New York Choral Society, American Boy Choir, and the Delaware Symphony. As a member of Choral Arts, he has been featured as a soloist in Richard Strauss’ Deutshe Motette and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Mass in G Minor.
From 1985-1997, Mr. Kern was director of music at the First Baptist Church of Haddonfield, NJ, where he was organist and directed eight choirs. Mr. Kern is originally from Slatington, PA. He received his B.S. in Music Education from Lebanon Valley College in 1975 where he was a voice major, and his M. M. in Music Education from University of Michigan in 1983, with a choral conducting emphasis. He presently resides in Cherry Hill, NJ.
Active in regional theater, Mr. Kern has played in the orchestras of Walnut Street Theater’s productions of A Chorus Line, Damn Yankees, My Fair Lady, and The Sound of Music, as well as the recent national tour of Mamma Mia. He has served as music director for several community theater productions including Hello,Dolly!, Mame, No, No, Nanette, The Music Man, Destry Rides Again, and Dames at Sea. In addition, Mr. Kern has conducted several festival choruses in the area, and has had several of his choral and orchestral arrangements performed by the Philly POPS and the Ocean City Pops.