Kerry Krebill, Artistic Director
Born and raised in Iowa, Musikanten’s Artistic Director, Kerry Krebill, worked in the Washington DC area for 25 years before moving to Helena in 2002 to assume the position of Chorale Director of the Helena Symphony Orchestra. In addition to founding Musikanten in Bethesda MD in 1979, she conducted the Alexandria (VA) Choral Society for 19 seasons, and was choral director for Musica Antiqua and the Congressional Chorus of the United States, as well as holding several university and church positions in the nation’s capital.
Maestra Krebill is known for her innovative programming, seeking out rarely performed masterpieces from all periods. Her DC groups were the Capital area’s foremost proponents of American music – performing, commissioning, recording and touring music of our nation’s composers. In 1992 the Alexandria Choral Society won the first award ever given to a chorus by ASCAP for Adventuresome Programming. Other national awards include
the prestigious grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and Chorus America’s American Performing Works Program. Musikanten’s recordings were aired on the national choral music radio program "The First Art."
Maestra Krebill guest conducted 6 SRO concerts of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale’s 1998 season, the combined choirs at the Salzburg Sacred Music Festival in the Mozartjahr (1991) and the combined choirs of St. Paul’s Within the Walls in Rome in April 2007. She also has planned concert tours for her ensembles nearly every year since 1989, taking singers to Poland, Estonia, Scandinavia, Ireland and the UK, St. Petersburg, the Low Countries, Portugal, Andalucia, Italy many times, Sarajevo, Dubrovnik, Slovenia, the Hapsburg capitals, France, Salzburg, the Baltic capitals and Argentina. In November 2009, Maestra Krebill conducted the Argentine "Coro Polifonico de la Fundacion Catedral de La Plata" in the Buenos Aires premiere of Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna.
In addition to conducting bi-coastal Musikanten rehearsals, Maestra Krebill is Choirmaster for St. Peter's Episcopal Cathedral in Helena; in the spring of 2006, she prepared the Butte Symphony Chorale for their performance of Mozart’s Requiem. She holds music degrees from Drake University and the Catholic University of America.