Kenneth Sheldon Klaus, PhD

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Title: Director of Music
Company: First United Methodist Church
Location: Thibodaux, Louisiana, United States

Kenneth Sheldon Klaus, PhD, Director of Music at the First United Methodist Church, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music direction and education.

Supported by more than 45 years of practiced experience in music and education, Dr. Klaus has been a director of music at the First United Methodist Church of Houma, LA, since 1985. During his tenure with the church, he served Nicholls State University as a professor of music and director of choral activities from 1998 to 2014, as well as an endowed professor of music in 2018. Prior to these appointments, he was an assistant professor of music at the university from 1984 to 1990, a director of music at the First United Methodist Church of Brookhaven, MI, from 1981 to 1984, and an interim director of music at the Goodwood Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, LA, in 1980. Serving in education early on in his career as well, he served Copiah-Lincoln Community College as a director of choral music and instructor of music between 1979 and 1984, having previously served the Blackwater United Methodist Church of Baker, LA, as a director of music from 1972 to 1979. He commenced his career as a bass soloist at the Saint James Episcopal Church of Baton Rouge in 1972.

Alongside his primary endeavors, Dr. Klaus has been a conductor, vocal soloist and musician of multiple orchestras and symphonies, including the Carnegie Hall Concert Choir and New England Symphonic Ensemble, the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, the New Orleans Opera, the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and the Jefferson Performing Arts Society. He has performed recitals and programs at various colleges and universities and was an adjudicator of choral festivals in Louisiana, Florida, the Bahamas and Mississippi. Likewise, he has been contributing reviews to The Choral Journal since 1985 and was an author of “Chamber Music for Solo Voice and Instruments” from 1960 to 1989 and again in 1994.

Dr. Klaus holds a Bachelor of Music, Master of Music and Doctor of Philosophy from Louisiana State University. As a testament to his success, he was nominated for an Orpheus Award by the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia in 2013 and received the Mississippi Artist Award from the National Association of Teachers of Singing in 1980. In addition, Marquis Who’s Who named him an Industry Leader and Worldwide Humanitarian in 2019. Married to Marlene M. Bergeron since 2004, he is the proud father of three children. His son Christopher toured in Camelot with Robert Goulet for three months and with Richard Burton in a Broadway production. In addition, his son Michael plays in a band called Voodoo Bayou, where he has toured with other well-known musicians.

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