Hometown: Kingston, Rhode Island
Kilian Mooney, tenor, is sought out as a chorister, soloist, and teaching artist throughout Boston. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the University of Rhode Island and a Master's in Vocal Performance from the Longy School of Music in Cambridge.
Shortly after moving to Cambridge in the fall of 2012, Kilian became known for his eagerness to perform chamber works, from early music to contemporary. Most memorably, in 2014, he joined the cast of Longy's Coffee Cantata Project, an advanced chamber ensemble that combined teaching artistry, historically-informed performance practices, and interactive audience experiences to present J.S. Bach's hilarious secular cantata in the form of a miniature opera buffa. He is deeply passionate about enriching communities with music and has established himself as a certified Teaching Artist, known for seeking new ways to connect audiences and students with classical music.
Kilian performs with several choral groups in the Boston area, including Labyrinth Choir and CappellaClausura. He travels home regularly for engagements with the Providence-based early music ensemble, Ecclesia Consort, and he has sung with Boston Midsummer Opera and Opera Providence as well. In May of 2014, Kilian participated in the inaugural year of the Nahant Music Festival, where he performed as a vocal apprentice, singing the role of Donald in Douglas Moore's Gallantry and the tenor soloist in J.S. Bach's Cantata 12. In 2015 he returned to the Nahant Festival for its second season, again as a Bach soloist, and this time premiering a role in Sleeping Beauty, a new opera by Francine Trester. Kilian has also performed at the Newport Music Festival in Newport, RI, and the Lucerne Music Festival in Lucerne, Switzerland.
Currently, Kilian lives in Somerville, MA. He studies with Ryan Turner of Emmanuel Music, and can be herd every Sunday morning in the music ministry at the First Baptist Church of Lexington. He has shaped the minds and talents of young musicians in our community through his teaching with the education outreach programs of both Cantata Singers and the Handel & Haydn Society, rewarding work to which he occasionally returns as a guest rehearsal conductor and as a musicianship instructor. Kilian teaches general music and chorus full-time at Saint Peter's School in Cambridge.