Kelly A. Ford, EdD is the Director of College Choirs/Coordinator of Music Education at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan and holds a position as Assistant Professor of Music. His collegiate teaching duties have included Conducting, Vocal Diction, History of Music, Sight-singing/Ear-training, Choral Arranging, Vocal Pedagogy, Elementary Music Pedagogy, and conducting the SHU University Chorale and Chamber Singers. Ford holds a BME from Central Michigan University with double majors in Choral and Instrumental Music Education, and an MAE from Spring Arbor University. He received his Doctorate in Education from Nova Southeastern University in 2014. Kelly has studied saxophone performance under John Nichol, vocal performance under Jeffrey Foote, Mary Stewart-Kiesgen, Tim Caldwell and Cora Enman and conducting under Dr. Nina Nash-Robertson, John Williamson, and Dr. Craig Arnold. He has worked under the direction of Margaret Hillis (Founder and Director of the Chicago Symphony Chorus), Peter Tiboris (conductor, Manhattan Philharmonic), Eph Ely, and Anton Armstrong. Dr. Ford has toured with ensembles throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, including performances at the United States Capitol, Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, the National Concert Hall in Dublin Ireland, and St. Peter’s Basilica- Vatican City, and has presented at regional and national conferences. He has written several compositions and arrangements for chorus, and inspired numerous students in their own compositional careers. Kelly was a music educator for K-12 vocal and instrumental music with award winning ensembles in public schools for over twenty years and has also served as a Director of Music Liturgy, schola director, and organist with Catholic parishes since he was 13 years old.
Dr. Ford is a founding member of Stolen Moments, the SCB Orchestra, and Central Harmony Barbershop Chorus, and shared the jazz stage with Phil Woods, Buddy Rich, and the Count Basie Orchestra. He has also directed, music directed, or acted in a large number of theater productions at the local, regional, and professional level, and even dabbled in background acting in several major motion pictures. He has served on the board of directors for the Jasper County (IN) Carnegie Players, Lafayette Indiana Symphony Orchestra, and is past state chair of student and youth activities for the Indiana Choral Directors Association. He is a Fellow with Saint Joseph’s College, Rensselaer, IN and an honorary member of Alpha Lambda Delta. Ford is, or has been an active member of the Michigan School Vocal Music Association, Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, Indiana State School Music Association, Music Educators National Conference (NAfME), American Choral Directors Association, Church Music Association of America, National Association for Teacher of Singing, and Centre International d'Etudes Liturgiques (CIEL) USA. He was a state nominee for the Indiana Music Educators Association college educator of the year (2015), and is the 2014 recipient of the Golden Rose Award for outstanding Catholic teaching through the Archdiocese of Chicago. Dr. Ford is in frequent demand as an adjudicator and clinician with music programs throughout the Midwest.
Kelly is married to his wife of 25 years, Jodi. They have four ever-growing children and a lazy dog.