Kenneth Jennings

1989 F. Melius Christiansen Lifetime Achievement Award
Kenneth Jennings

Kenneth Jennings is both an artist and a teacher. Under his leadership the St. Olaf Choir has set the highest standards of artistry in choral singing. His innovative programming and use of concerted works have expanded the repertoire of the choir beyond the a cappella traditions of its early years.

Jennings is a graduate of St. Olaf College and holds a Master of Musical Arts degree from the University of Illinois. He has done additional study in England, Norway, and at Union Theological Seminary. He joined the St. Olaf faculty in 1953 and became director of the Chapel Choir. He assumed the directoship of the St. Olaf choir in 1968 and held that position until this year, the year of his retirement (1990). He also taught voice, choral methods, and conducting. Many of his compositions and musical arrangements have been published, and most recently a book of vocal exercises, Sing Legato. His choirs have toured extensively, including six international tours to Central and Southern Europe, Scandinavia, and the Orient. Jennings retired from St. Olaf in 1990.