Since graduating from the Berklee College of Music, Jonathan has been actively involved in the Boston musical community. He has directed several church and college gospel choirs including the Berea S.D.A. Inspirational Choir, the Kuumba Singers of Harvard, the Boston College Voices of Imani, and currently, the Twelfth Baptist Church Youth Choir, the Bunker Hill Community College gospel choir, and the Northeastern University Unity Gospel Ensemble. Through these groups he has sought to preserve and present to the college community the rich variety of African-American musical expression.
In addition to directing the Unity Gospel Ensemble, Jonathan is currently musical director for Orpheus/EMI recording artist Andre Ward, and also for the City Stage Co., a non-profit children’s theater company that offers urban children, youth, and families opportunities to participate in the performing arts, so they can make discoveries about themselves and the world. He recently released his debut CD, “Soul Food”, available at www.cdbaby.com
ASSISTANT MUSIC DIRECTOR
Kilian Mooney has 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. While attending Longy, Kilian served as an intern for SANS during the 2013–14 season, and traveled with the group to Bulgaria, Romania, Estonia, and Turkey. Locally, he performs with the 9-voice, all male vocal ensemble Renaissance Men, Cappella Clausura, Labyrinth Choir, and the Providence-based early music ensemble Ecclesia Consort. He has sung with Boston Midsummer Opera, Opera Providence, the Nahant Music Festival, the Newport Music Festival, the Lucerne Festival Academy, and the Academy of French Song and Opera. Kilian has returned repeatedly to his Alma Mater to speak on the art of singing and the importance of educating young singers, a calling that is near to his heart. He has taught many young musicians through the education outreach programs of both Cantata Singers and the Handel & Haydn Society, and he teaches music full time at Saint Peter School in Cambridge. He is excited to have rejoined the SANS community as assistant director.
Born in Los Angeles, Austin was raised in Compton, California. Austin’s love for music began on the piano at age seven, where he was classically trained by his godmother, Elsie G. Howard. At the age of 12, Austin began his quest for music as a profession.
A graduate of Berklee College of Music in Education, Austin has been providing music services for 11 years through praise and worship workshops, studio consultation, effective rehearsal techniques, voice teaching, piano teaching, and overall musical excellence.
Currently, Austin is the CEO of his own business, Perfect Timing Production Studios in Everett. He is or has been the music director and accompanist for many artists, choirs, and organizations, including St. Cyprians Episcopal Church, the Mystic Chorale Gospel Choir, Northeastern University Choir, Fountain of Grace Praise and Worship Team, Twelfth Baptist Church, Berea Seventh-Day Adventist Church, MIT Gospel Choir, Boston College, and Harvard’s Kuumba Singers, as well as for various city officials, both nationally and internationally.