Host of Great Sacred Music
Robert Kennedy is a native of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where he studied organ with Kenneth Meek and Gerald Wheeler. He graduated from McGill in 1966 with a major in classics and an associate’s degree in music in piano.
He studied at the Royal College of Music from 1968 to 1969, conducting with Vernon Handley, organ with Sir John Dykes Bower and Ralph Downs. He earned the associate’s degree from the Royal College of Music, fellow of the Royal College of Organists, and the choirmaster’s diploma of the Royal College of Organists.
In a career in church music spanning 45 years from 1962 to 1997, Kennedy served as organist and choirmaster at Maisonneuve-St. Cuthbert’s Presbyterian Church; St. Columba’s Anglican Church; Westmount Park United Church in Montreal; Muswell Hill Presbyterian Church in London, England; St. Peter's by–the-Sea Episcopal Church in Bay Shore, New York; Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City, New York; St. Michael’s Church in Litchfield, Connecticut; Christ Church Cathedral; and Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Nassau, Bahamas.
Kennedy has lived in Raleigh, North Carolina, since 1999. He has been a volunteer and staff member at The Classical Station since June 1999. He has hosted and programmed Peaceful Reflections from 2002 to 2010 and Great Sacred Music since 2010.