Silver Lake College welcomes Dr. Ken Harned as its new director of choral activities and choral faculty member.
He conducts the Silver Lake Chorale and Concert Choir in addition to teaching conducting, sight-singing, applied voice and choral music education courses.
Previous university experience includes teaching positions at Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Goodwell, Oklahoma; St. Charles Community College, Cottleville, Missouri; and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Dr. Harned also has more than 10 years of experience teaching high school vocal and instrumental music in the public schools.
He received his Doctor of Arts in conducting from Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana; a master’s degree in choral music from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles; and Bachelor of Music Education from The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.
The study of men’s chorus rehearsal techniques and repertoire are the primary focus of Dr. Harned’s research.
For his doctoral dissertation, he studied the transcription techniques of Ralph Vaughan Williams and created a transcription of “Dona Nobis Pacem” for men’s chorus, brass septet, organ and percussion. Other scholarly interests include teaching music literacy, choral rehearsal techniques, and the choral music of Leonard Bernstein.
As a choral singer, Dr. Harned has performed on stage with a variety of celebrities including Angela Langsbury, Joanna Gleason, LeAnn Rimes, Jason Grae, Liz Callaway, Malcom Getts, Conan O’Brien and Weird Al Yankovic.
Dr. Harned is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association and National Association for Music Education.
He travels throughout the country as an adjudicator, clinician, and conductor. Dr. Harned recently worked with the Disney Performing Arts program at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif., where he hosted workshops and performances with musical groups from all over the world.