About Kenn Gartner

Taught Master Classes in Piano Technique (based upon Ph.D. dissertation wherein compositional innovations forced changes in the piano technique needed to perform these compositions thus changing a player’s approach to pianism) The Shanghai Institute, People’s Republic of China, San Rafael, CA, and other venues.  Conducted many large-scale choral works.

As a child sang at the Metropolitan Opera, e.g. Carmen and La Traviata; as an adult performed the role of Le Roi in Massenet’s Cindrillon for radio station WNYC’s broadcasts of live operatic performances from the Brooklyn Museum.  Many appearances in the Bay area as pianist, conductor, and singer have produced extremely favorable reviews.

Research cited by several scholars, e.g. Maurice Hinson (Music for More than One Piano, p. 48).  In 2008, certified nationally by the Music Teachers National Association as a Teacher of Voice—one of six in California—and as a Teacher of Piano, the only one in Marin County and one of three north of San Francisco.  On the Juilliard’s Private Teacher Directory as one of two Teachers of Piano and two of Voice in California.

Listed by Steinway as a teacher of Piano.  9/28/08, debuted as both pianist and accompanist, the Herbst Theatre, San Francisco.  Tour, March 2010, included a performance in the Concerts Grand series, San Rafael, CA (3/21); Flushing Town Hall, Queens, NY (3/23); Salle Cortot, Paris, France (3/28); with a return engagement in NYC 4/6.  Coached several students to great success:  Zachary Franczak (San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Best Actor Award, 2009); William Zhao (Marin Music Chest Scholarship, 2010), et al.


1971-1979 New York University: Doctor of Philosophy (Performance)  New York, NY

1964-1970 Queens College:  Master of Science (Musicology/Music Education)Flushing, NY

1960-1964  The Juilliard School of Music:  Artist’s Diploma (Piano)   New York, NY

1956-1960   Cornell University:  Bachelor of Arts (Music)   Ithaca, NY

1951-1956  Staunton Military Academy:  Diploma (College Preparatory) Staunton, VA

Work Experience

1992-1999  Choral Director, Flushing High School   Flushing, NY

1991-1992  Teacher of Music, New York City Board of Education: Carson JHS  New York, NY

1978-1991  Supervisor and/or Teacher of Music: Greeley JHS; Canarsie HS (NYC) New York, NY  J Jackson High School (NJ); Copiague Public Schools (NY); Lexington Public Schools (MA)

1977-1978   Assistant Professor of Music, Hofstra University   Hempstead, NY

1962-1977   Teacher of Music, New York City Board of Education: Mann, Sands, Greeley JHS  New York, NY

Related Experience

11/04-6/05                           Choral Director and Music Theater Director, Marin School of the Arts                                     Novato, CA 2004                 Founder/Conductor, St. Mark’s Chamber Orchestra                                                                          Islip, NY 2003-2004           Organist/Choirmaster, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church                                                                           Islip, NY 2002                      St. Paul’s College Singers becomes The Kenn Gartner Singers

New York, NY 2001             Founder and Music Director, St. Paul’s College Singers Professional Chorus

New York, NY  2001            Consultant in Music Education, Ballet Tech and Stuyvesant High Schools

New York, NY  7/99-12/9     Music Department Chairman and Associate Professor, Five Town College

Dix Hills, NY 1999               Teacher/Accompanist, All-City Chorus

New York, NY 1998-2004    Major Groups Choral Adjudicator, New York State School Music Association

New York, NY 1995-1999    Conductor, Downtown Glee Club (succeeding Dr. George Mead)

New York, NY 1996-1999    Conductor, The Voices of Samaritan

Queens, NY 1994                Accompanist, The New York State Summer School of the Arts                                                 Saratoga, NY 1992-1994     Founder and Conductor, The Park Slope Choral Society                                                          Brooklyn, NY 1991-1992      Guest Conductor, Long Island Singers Society

Long Island, NY 1981-1982  Adjunct Associate Professor of Music, Suffolk Community College                                              Selden, NY 1979-1980         Adjunct Professor of Music, LaGuardia Community College                                                        Queens, NY 1976                Teacher, Cambiata Voices, Cathedral School of St. John the Divine

New York, NY 1972-1979     Director, Queens County All Borough Chorus  New York, NY


1/2 2014     Invitation to return to China in 2015

11/2013      Concert Tour of China with Master Classes and Recitals

4/2013        Visiting Artist in Musical Theater, University of Wyoming

2/2009        Lecture/Recital, California Association of Professional Music Teachers, San Mateo, CA

9/2008        West Coast Debut Recital, The Herbst Theatre, San Francisco, CA

2006           Soloist:  von Weber, Concertstuck for Piano & Orchestra, Victorian Englander House, San Francisco

2006           Conducted Elizabeth Gaston, flautist: Chaminade, Concertino for Flute & Orchestra, SF Concerto Orchestra

2006           Conducted Joe Gold, violinist, in his orchestration of Tartini’s Devil’s Trill Sonata, SF Concerto Orchestra

2006-          Annual Steinway showcases sponsored by Sherman Clay, San Francisco and Walnut Creek

04/04          Soloist:  Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, PY Orchestra, Southampton, NY

03/03          Conductor:  Beethoven’s Choral Fantasie, OP.80, KG Singers & PY Orchestra, Southampton, NY

06/02          Soloist:  von Weber: Concertstuck in F-Minor for Piano and Orchestra, Southampton, NY

03/02          Music Director:  rare complete Dublin Messiah, St. Paul’s College Singers, College Point, Queens, NY

10/00, 01     Conductor & Music Director:  Sweeney Todd, Youth Experiencing Art Project, Suffolk, NY

7,8/00          Chief Accompanist:  XIV Festivals der Zukunft, Ernen, Switzerland under Mme. Antonia Lavanne

05/99           Conductor:  Haydn, The Creation, complete, student soloists, Flushing High School Choruses

05/98           Conductor:  Gershwin, Porgy and Bess, concert version of opera, Flushing High School Choruses

11/97            Conductor:  Haydn, The Creation, St. Charles Hospital Dedication, Flushing High School Choruses

05/97            Conductor:  Mozart, Requiem, Concerto in A, K.488, Flushing High School Choruses

12/96           Kenny Rogers:  The Gift, Westbury (LI) Music Fair, backed up by Flushing High School Choruses

05/95            Conductor:  Brahms, A German Requiem, Flushing High School Choruses and Orchestra

12/95            Conductor:  Handel, Messiah; Beethoven, Choral Fantasie, Flushing High School Choruses

1992             Conductor:  Haydn, The Creation, LISS Chorus, Orchestra, and Soloists

1985             Master Class in Piano Technique:  The Shanghai Institute, The Peoples Republic of China

1981             Lincoln Center Esplanade:  COLOURSOUND – 6 hour electronic real-time performance

1969-            Piano Recitals:  Town Hall, Merkin  Hall, Kosciusko Foundation, Europe, Asia, Venezuela, Halifax, etc.


2012               Nominated to be a Steinway Artist

2008               Elected President Board of Directors:  Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute   (BASOTI)

2008               Music Teachers National Association:  Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in Piano and in Voice

2005               Command Performance:  Lanaea Festival, Sacramento State University, Gilbert & Sullivan’s Trial by Jury

2000               Honorary Inductee:  Arista & National Honor Societies, Flushing High School

1998, 1999     Who’s Who Among American Teachers

1995               Conducting Fellowship, Columbia University

1994, 2000     Who’s Who in American Education

1993-1999      National Choral Society:  annual $15,000 Grant for Choral Program

1988               First NYC HS Vocal Chamber ensemble (Canarsie HS A Cappellas) to perform at Lincoln Center

1987-              President Emeritus:  The Conductor’s Club

1986-7,1995-6 Only NYC Level VI SATB Chorus awarded NYSSMA’s highest rating:  6A+ (Gold with Distinction)

1985               Award from Faculty, Administration, Students:  Creativity and Leadership in Education, Canarsie HS

1983               Citation:  The National Conference of Christians and Jews for Outstanding Human Relation

1982-8,1993-9 Only performing Male Glee Club program in a NY State High School, NYSSMA rated 5A+

1974              Who’s Who in International Music

Compositions and Recordings

1984              The Concerto for Piano and Synthesizer (Memnon Recordings)

1983              The Monster Concert with Eugene List (Musical Heritage Society)

1981               Richard Brooks:  Sonata for Violin and Piano–-with Carol Glenn (ASUC Recordings)

1966, 72        The Right to Be Different, Cantata for Young School Children (EKG Recordings)

Affiliations:  NATS; MTNA-CAPMT; Cornell University/NYU Steinhardt Secondary School Interviewer, 10,000 Degrees

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