terrance kelly



Stage Presence: Friday, 9:30 AM—10:45 AM
 Gospel Choir Directing (Int): Friday, 11:00 AM—12:15 PM
Ad-Libbing: Saturday, 9:30 AM—10:45 AM
Ad-Libbing: Saturday, 11:00 AM—12:15 PM

Panel Discussion
Saturday, 1:00-2:30 (during lunch)

Mass Choir Rehearsals
Friday, 4:00 PM—6:00 PM
Saturday, 4:00—6:00 PM

Terrance Kelly has been called everything from “a man of great passion and conviction” to a “demanding taskmaster” to “an absolute musical genius.” And to prove them all, he has garnered extensive credentials in both gospel and jazz music. His operatic range and jubilant emotion make him a popular soloist as well as an accomplished director, composer, and arranger. His credits include choral arrangements on albums by Linda Ronstadt and the Kronos Quartet, and gospel arrangements of popular music for TV and video soundtracks. In addition, he wrote or arranged most of the music on each Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir album.

Terrance received an Emmy Award in 1995 for his choral arrangement of OIGC’s KGO-TV public service announcement. In 2005, he received a “Local Heroes Award” from KQED Television for his directorship of the Oakland Interfaith Youth Choir and was also honored at the Gospel Music Awards. In 2013, he was awarded the Dr. Edwin Hawkins Excellence Award. Terrance was recognized as “Best Choir Director” in the East Bay Express earlier this year, and October 17, 2015 was proclaimed “Terrance Kelly Day” by the office of the Oakland mayor.

Terrance currently serves as Minister of Magnification at Oakland’s Imani Community Church. He has traveled as far as Australia and Israel teaching gospel music and, since 1982, has served as Gospel Choir Director for Jazz Camp West, hosted by Living Jazz. In addition to his other endeavors, he is a semi-regular member of the San Francisco Opera Chorus.

His father, the late Ed Kelly, was an esteemed jazz and gospel pianist. His mother, the late Faye Kelly, was a gospel choir director and pianist.