Kenneth Sanson

A Southern Californian by birth, education, and long residence, Kenneth Sanson has been a musician all of his adult life -- variously as a choral conductor, solo tenor, college-level instructor, and critic. He received his B.A. degree from Occidental College, and his M.S. from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. From 1959-1966 he was a member of the Roger Wagner Chorale (where colleagues included Carol Neblett and Marilyn Horne), California's counterpart of the Robert Shaw Chorale. With this distinguished professional chorus, based in Los Angeles, K.S. made six recordings and five tours (three throughout the U.S., a fourth to Japan, and the fifth through Central and South America). From 1962-5, he was also manager of the choral department of Keynote Music Service.

As a two-year Fellow (1965-6) in the Rockefeller Foundation's program at USC/LA for the training of music critics, he transferred to Chicago for his second year on site. From 1966 until 1973, K.S. was associate music critic of the Chicago American (later Chicago's American, terminally Chicago Today). From 1969 through 1982 he also taught at the American Conservatory of Music: Music Appreciation, Aesthetics, Criticism, and Choral Conducting. He was conductor of both the ACM Concert Choir and the Chamber Singers in repertory covering four centuries.

He has also reviewed for the Los Angeles Times, the Long Beach Press-Telegram (1983-8), and most recently for In Tune magazine (1994-8). During his podium career he has directed the choirs in seven churches including Los Angeles' Westwood Presbyterian Church, and the Presbyterian Church of Western Springs, near Chicago. Currently he is Director of Music at the First United Methodist Church of San Pedro, in the L.A. area, and lives in his birth city of South Pasadena. Honors include his listing in Who's Who in America.