Prairie Ensemble Records, 1996-2015
Organized in three series: Series 1: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Governing Records, 1996-2015; Series 2: Operational Records, 1997-2015; and Series 3: Concerts, Special Events, and Publicity, 1997-2014.Â Series 2 is then organized in two sub-series:Â subseries 1: Financial Records and subseries 2: Administrative Records and Correspondence, and Series 3 is organized in three sub-series:Â subseries 1: Concert Programs, subseries 2: Special Events and Correspondence, and subseries 3: Publicity.Â The records in Series 1 are arranged in chronological order, and the materials in Series 2 and Series 3 are arranged chronologically within each sub-series.
Kevin Kelly holds bachelors degrees in English and music history and criticism from Northwestern University and masters degrees in orchestral and choral conducting from the University of Illinois. He has sung with several professional choral ensembles in Chicago, including the Chicago Symphony Chorus, the Grant Park Symphony Chorus, The City Musick, Basically Bach and His Majesties Clerkes (now Bella Voce). He has studied conducting with Kenneth Kiesler, Paul Vermel, Victor Yampolsky, Harold Farberman, Kirk Trevor and Emil Simon.
The Prairie Ensemble was founded in 1996 in Urbana-Champaign by Kevin Kelly. Kelly's goal for the small orchestra was to make music approachable and informal to a wider audience in Central Illinois by performing new and popular music, performing in informal attire, and performing in several locale indoor and outdoor venues. Players within the ensemble were drawn from the community and ranged from professional musicians, gifted amateurs, undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Illinois, and faculty of the University of Illinois. The Praire Ensemble was disbanded in 2015.
Joe Walter Grant Jr.