“Moulin Joe” by Diego Arias

Joe Kerr – pianist, composer, educator, and more…

Pianist, composer and educator, Joe Kerr, was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, where he studied composition and piano at Trinity University with William Thornton and Karl Leifheit. In 1978 he attended the Conservatoire Américain and studied composition there with Nadia Boulanger. Moving to New York City in 1980, Kerr worked as a musician and songwriter, performing in such diverse venues as J’s, The Rodeo Bar, BAM, BAMCafe, and The Neue Galerie.  He has written songs for BBC radio, National Lampoon and Sesame Street. From 1995 to 2007 Kerr was a faculty member at the Diller-Quaile School of Music. Since 1992, he has spent every summer working at  Fontainebleau and is currently the program director. He has maintained the choral tradition that had been a regular feature of the program during Nadia Boulanger’s tenure and beyond. The architects are invited to join the musicians on Monday evenings and every summer they sing the Marseillaise at the Mairie for Bastille Day; another one of the choral group’s trademarks is the Cantique de Jean Racine by Gabriel Fauré.

Kerr is also a Trustee of the Fontainebleau Associations. In 2004 he met his wife at Fontainebleau, pianist and organist Laura Childress, and they now live with their two children in Wayne, Pennsylvania.

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