Dr. Hannah Carr

Dr. Hannah Carr

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Originally from Ireland, Dr. Hannah Carr, recently joined the faculty at Kutztown University as director of University Choir and Vocal Ensemble.

Hannah holds a BA in Composition from Trinity College Dublin, an Adv. Dip in Music Education from the Kodály Institute in Hungary, an MM in Conducting from Yale University and a DMA in Conducting from Rutgers University. She has studied conducting with Dr. Patrick Gardner, Masaaki Suzuki, David Hill, Simon Carrington, Marguerite Brooks and Dr. Jeffrey Douma.

Hannah most recently served as faculty at Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts, teaching undergraduate conducting and directing the department’s largest ensemble, the 100-voiced University Choir. In addition to her work at Rutgers, Hannah is director of Cantigas, a Hoboken-based female choir dedicated to performing diverse music from around the world. Cantigas has recently performed at ACDA, presenting a program of Middle Eastern Music and toured Ireland in 2022 with a commissioned piece by legendary Irish composer Seán Doherty, commemorating 100 years of Irish Independence. Hannah also serves as Music Director at Dayton Presbyterian Church, Dayton, NJ.

Hannah has worked with professional choirs as director of the University Church at Yale, Stratford Street United Church in Boston and with C4 Ensemble in NYC. With C4, Hannah served as conducting chair, and was a featured conductor on C4's debut album launch: Uncaged. At Trinity College Dublin, Hannah co-founded the official music department choir, Campanile Consort, an ensemble which continues to be dedicated to the highest standard of music making. Hannah has worked extensively with youth choirs for the past 8 years and adjudicates various choral arts festivals in NJ.

Hannah has won various prizes for performance and scholarship, including the Irene Alms Memorial Prize at Rutgers University, The Director’s Prize from Yale University, The Highest Bursary Award for Choral Conducting in 2009 & 2010 from the Irish Arts Council & The Gerard Victory Prize for Composition from Trinity College Dublin.