The birth of the American song brought with it music that was filled with vigor, originality and musical daring. It was a new, distinctly American spirit which flowed through the popular songs of Stephen Foster, Jerome Kern and Irving Berlin and continued with the great Broadway music of Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, the Gershwins, Lerner & Loewe, Frank Loesser, and Stephen Sondheim. In their concerts, Jean and Bill McClelland have been acclaimed for the vitality, care and artistry they bring to this brilliant music.
Soprano Jean McClelland's career has spanned musical theater, concert and opera. She appeared in the Broadway production of Camelot starring Richard Harris and at the John Harms Center as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady. She has performed leading roles in Guys & Dolls, A Little Night Music, The Pirates of Penzance, The Music Man, She Loves Me, Silk Stockings, The Boyfriend, The Gondoliers and The Marriage of Figaro, and has appeared at the Paper Mill Playhouse and Bardavon Opera House. Jean has premiered the works of many American composers including Allen Shawn, Thomas Geoghegan, and Bill McClelland. She is a renowned teacher of voice and the Alexander Technique and a member of the faculty of the New York Open Center in Manhattan. Jean's teaching site may be found by clicking here.
Pianist Bill McClelland is also a noted composer, and his recording of choral works on Albany Records, The Revenge of Hamish, has received international acclaim. As a performer, he has played in the orchestra of the Broadway production of The Pirates Pirates of Penzance and has worked with many groups and individual artists including the William Appling Singers & Orchestra, Joseph Papp's Public Theater, Dance Theater Workshop and John Cage. He is founder and leader of the popular swing band, The Feetwarmers. Bill also directed the music program at the Elizabeth Seeger School in NYC and was a faculty member of the University of Massachusetts/Boston. His music is published by WMC Music.