Concert Choir Conductor
Bonnie Kidd began her career with AAYC Concert Choir in 2006. In August 2021, she retired from a long career with the Ann Arbor Public Schools. She was the Director of Choirs at Ann Arbor Tappan Middle School, and Co-Director of Choirs at Ann Arbor Huron High School. Ms. Kidd continues to be the Sanctuary Choir Director at First Baptist Church, Ann Arbor. During her tenure with AAPS, her middle and high school choirs consistently received outstanding ratings at both district and state level choral events. Choirs under her direction have won national and international prizes. Her choirs have been invited to and performed at multiple state level conferences. Ms. Kidd conducted the Michigan Junior High SSA State Honors Choir in 2011.
AAYC Concert Choir has performed with major symphony orchestras, including the Detroit Symphony, Flint Symphony, University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, and Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. In February 2018, AAYC Concert Choir traveled to Chicago and performed with the Evanston Children’s Choir and Pro Musica Youth Choirs. In February 2019, Concert and Descant choirs performed Benjamin Britten’s “War Requiem” with the University Musical Society in Hill Auditorium. In November 2019 members of Concert Choir performed in the University of Michigan’s Opera Production “La Boheme”. In February of 2020, Concert Choir performed a concert tour of Milwaukee. In March of 2020, Concert Choir was to perform “Carmina Burana” with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Due to Covid 19 that performance was postponed but Concert Choir did perform in the dress rehearsal with Maestro Leonard Slatkin. In February 2022, Concert Choir completed a concert tour of Pittsburgh, PA.
Ms. Kidd received her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from The Cleveland Institute of Music, and her Masters of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan. She is grateful to her husband Bob for all his amazing videos and photos that he does for AAYC! Her son Sam, who was a singer with AAYC for 5 years, is now studying opera at the Yale School of Music.