Judith Kellock died tragically early on March 27th 2015 from complications following cancer surgery. Judy championed 20th Century Music, and young composers and performers, influencing the lives and careers of her many students over her 23 year career at Cornell University and through master classes held world wide.
She will be missed by many people.
Judith Kellock has been described in the press as "a singer of rare intelligence and vocal splendor, with a voice of indescribable beauty." A primary influence in her musical life was the late Jan DeGaetani, with whom she studied for many years. Other teachers have included Grace Hunter, Hazel O'Donnell, Phyllis Curtin at Tanglewood, and Wilma Thompson at Boston University.
Ms. Kellock has been featured with the St. Louis Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the New World Symphony, the Limburg Symphony Orchestra, the Honolulu Symphony, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the Greek Radio Orchestra, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, the West Virginia Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Green Umbrella Series, and orchestras throughout New England. At the Aspen Festival she has been soloist with the Symphony Orchestra as well as in chamber music and oratorio. Other festival performances include Monadnock, Arcady, Stockbridge Chamber Concerts, the Music Festival of the Hamptons, Boston chamber music Society, and SongFest, a performance and training program in southern California, where she has served on the faculty for many years. Highly acclaimed for her song recitals and chamber music performances, she is also sought after by composers for her interpretation of contemporary music. She is a founding member of the new music group Ensemble X, whose music director is composer Steven Stucky. Ms. Kellock's residency in Prague included recitals of German Lieder and American art song with pianist Phillip Moll, as well as master classes and lectures at the Prague Conservatory. As a recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts recitalist fellowship, she toured the West Coast with a variety of programs. Since 2005, Ms. Kellock has been music director of a concert series in Jackson Heights, Queens, NY, Chamber Music for the Neighborhood, celebrating the diversity and energy of Queens.
"It was to be plunged into another world, one of outright, risk-taking virtuosity, extremes of range and color, all of which Judith Kellock proved more than equal to." (Boston Globe)
Ms. Kellock has sung major operatic roles in Italy and Greece, toured with the Opera Company of Boston and performed with the Mark Morris Dance Company at the Theatre de la Monnaie in Brussels. At the Music festival of the Hamptons, she sang the role of Mme Herz in Mozart’s comic singspiel The Impresario, in an English translation by Lukas Foss. Her recordings include The Astronaut's Tale, an opera by Charles Fussell , as well as music of Samuel Barber, Paul Hindemith, Lukas Foss, Steven Stucky, Roberto Sierra, Judith Weir, Arthur Berger, Chen Yi, Toshio Hosokawa, Donald Womack, Peter Askim and Lawrence Moss. She has recorded for the Koch International, Turnabout, Sine Qua Non, Fleur de Son, Albany, Capstone, Arabesque and Gasparo labels.
She serves on the performing faculty of Cornell University, and is much in demand as a master class teacher, here and abroad.