Dr. Donald Kendrick is Director of Music at Sacramento's Sacred Heart Church and the Founder of Schola Cantorum and Vox Nova. Over the past 25 years, he has led Schola on national tours to Canada and Europe where the choir performed in England, Spain, Austria, and Italy. Schola has had the privilege of performing for two popes at the Vatican: 2007 - Pope Benedict. 2013 - Pope Francis.
Kendrick is also Co-founder and past Artistic Director of the Sacramento Children's Chorus and Chorale, the founding Conductor of the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra and Director of Choral Activities at Sacramento State University, where he conducts the Chamber Choir, the Concert Choir and the University Chorus. At Sacramento State he also directs the Graduate Degree Program in Choral Conducting which he initiated in 1986. His Sacramento State Choirs have performed in the United States, Europe and Canada and have appeared on an international telecast at the invitation of the Prime Minister of Canada.
Kendrick has prepared choruses for such leading orchestras as the Boston Symphony, the Boston Pops, the Toronto Symphony, the San Jose Symphony, the Chautauqua Symphony, the Baton Rouge Symphony, and other orchestras in Canada.
He has studied at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, Boston's New England Conservatory of Music, Stanford University, and he holds a doctoral degree from the Eastman School of Music where he also served on the faculty. He earned the CHM (Choirmaster) Certificate from the American Guild of Organists, and was the first recipient of the Louise Rogers Goucher Memorial Scholarship given by the American Choral Federation in New York.
Kendrick has taught at Louisiana State University, the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music, and at universities in Canada where his choirs won national competitions for their excellence. In 1989, he accepted an invitation from Boston's celebrated Chorus Pro Musica, to serve as its third conductor in 41 years.
He has appeared on the CBC as a recitalist and conductor, and his choirs have been broadcast locally on KXPR-FM and KVIE Television. He is active as a guest conductor, an adjudicator for choral festivals throughout the country, and in May 1995, he made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut in a performance of Verdi's Requiem.
In May 2003, Dr. Kendrick once again returned to Carnegie Hall with the Sacramento Choral Society in partnership with the Sacramento State Choral Music Program to conduct a triumphant performance of Orff's Carmina Burana.
In May 2004, Dr. Kendrick received the Sacramento State School of the Arts Outstanding Community Service Award for his work in linking the community to the University. In July 2004, Conductor Kendrick led SCSO members and guests of the Sacramento State Choral Program on their first international European tour to Munich, Prague, Vienna and Budapest!
In February 2005, Schola Cantorum, Dr. Kendrick's choir at Sacred Heart Church, was invited to perform at the National Convention of the American Choral Directors' Association in Los Angeles at the new Cathedral Our Lady of the Angels.
In July 2006, Dr. Kendrick made his debut in the People's Republic of China with the Sacramento Choral Society, conducting concerts in Beijing, Tianjin, Xi'an, Jinan (Sacramento's Sister City) and on the Great Wall.
In 2007 Dr. Kendrick was chosen as Outstanding Music Educator of the Year by the California Music Educators Association.
In June 2008, Dr. Kendrick made his Walt Disney Hall debut with the Sacramento Choral Society & Orchestra in Los Angeles in a stirring performance of the Mozart Requiem and Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna.