Department: Music, Worship & Performing Arts
Office Location: Lancaster
Kendra Bigley is a versatile collaborative artist and respected pedagogue. She earned the Bachelor of Music (cum laude) in piano performance from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Barry Snyder, winner of three prizes in the 1966 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition; Fernando Laires, co-founder of the American Liszt Society; and Dr. Jean Barr, the first keyboard artist in the United States to be awarded a doctoral degree in accompanying.
Mrs. Bigley has built a career as a chamber musician and accompanist at the Trust Performing Arts Center, collaborating with such artists as Amy Owens, Doris Hall-Gulati, Christopher Dylan Herbert, Samantha Hankey, Jennifer Aylmer, Thomas Meglioranza and Christopher Shih.
She has also enjoyed working as a music director, conductor, vocal coach and accompanist at theater companies and academic institutions including The Fulton Theater, Sight & Sound Theatres, Servant Stage Company, Prima Theatre, Opera Lancaster, Penn Square Music Festival, J.P. McCaskey High School, Florida International University and Lancaster Bible College. In 2018, she won the Regional Broadway Music Award for Best Music Director for “Titanic: The Musical,” a co-production with Servant Stage Company and Lancaster Bible College.
Mrs. Bigley maintains an active private studio and is a member of MTNA, PMTA and LMTA, for which she serves as Immediate Past President.
BMus – Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY
“One is not a pianist because they play the piano; rather, one plays the piano because they are a pianist.”
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” – Colossians 3:23