Art McKenzie has had a long and varied career as a music educator, minister of music, voice teacher, performer and musical theatre director. He is a graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ (BMEd/Voice), and a magna cum laude graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington, IN (MMVoice).
Art has an extensive background in theatre, where he has stage direction, musical direction and performance experience. He has been involved in over 50 musicals at the Ritz Theatre Company in Oaklyn, NJ, where two of his productions were nominated for Philadelphia Barrymore Awards. Art has directed dozens of musicals at high schools as well. He has served as vocal director for musicals and as choral accompanist at Haddon Township High School for the past 22 years, where his wife is the choir and musical director.
Art has been conducting choirs for many years, beginning with his eleven years as Minister of Music in Havertown, PA and Plainfield, NJ. He has taught music in schools for fifteen years. As a private voice teacher, Art has taught his students the Bel Canto technique he learned while studying with Metropolitan Opera singers Margaret Harshaw and Nicola Rossi-Lemeni. He has performed in concerts, recitals, operas and oratorios throughout the United States and in Spoleto, Italy.
Art is presently the Director of Choral Music at Overbrook Senior High School in Pine Hill, NJ. In the nine years Art has taught at Overbrook the choral program has grown from 29 to 205 members. His choirs consistently receive superior 1st place ratings at festivals and competitions, and they have performed at the NJ MENC 2010 conference and at the Kimmel Center in 2012. In addition to his choral position, Art has also directed musicals there for the past nine years. In 2006 he had the honor of receiving the Teacher of the Year award for Pine Hill schools.
He is a president of the South Jersey Choral Directors Association (SJCDA), a member of the executive board of the New Jersey Music Educators Association (NJMEA), the Music Educators National Conference (MENC), the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). Art also serves on the NJ All-State Choral Procedures Committee.
Art conducted the 2009 New Jersey All-State Women’s Chorus and the 2009 South Jersey Senior High Chorus. He will be conducting the 2012 New Jersey All-State Mixed Chorus this fall.