Shaniee Kennedy graduated with her Master’s Degree in Clarinet Performance as a first-generation college student, who was raised by her great-grandmother. Mrs. Kennedy attended LEAP in 2011 and returned each year as a Life Coach at UCLA and served as a camp counselor at the Ronald McDonald House Charities Camp for Good Times. She was named Outstanding Graduating Senior Finalist in 2015. While completing her BM in Music Education and Clarinet Performance at CSU Northridge, she studied with Julia Heinen, and competed for the Miss California Icon Organization and won in 2014. As assistant conductor of CSUN’s Youth Orchestra, she formed an Honors Youth Orchestra named Parker Kennedy Orchestra. Shaniee studied at The Catholic University of America, University of Maryland, and the University of Georgia, in the Clarinet Academy of America. After winning the Miss America local title of Miss Malibu Coast 2016, she competed at Miss California and won the Talent Award and Highest Academic Achievement award. Shaniee earned her MM in clarinet performance at UCLA under Gary Gray, and has traveled throughout the US to promote both scholarship and her platform of “Keeping Quality Music Education in California Schools.” Her speech at Music Advocacy Day in the State Capitol allowed for a unanimous vote to pass three Senate Bills for new state standards for music education to be rewritten. Shaniee was also selected to give the commencement speech for the Inaugural Herb Alpert School of Music and received the Dean’s Medal in June 2017. She continues to perform, conduct, and teach all across the United States with her all-girl clarinet quartet known as Four Play clarinet. She is also the new Orchestra Manager and Librarian of the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Chamber Orchestra.
As the newly appointed Music Director at Bishop Alemany High School, she looks forward to showcasing the student body’s talents throughout the entire state of California and beyond. Music courses will include but are not limited to a Beginning Band, Pep Band, Marching Band, Jazz Band, String Orchestra, and Philharmonia. Mrs. Kennedy has goals of traveling on an International Band and Orchestra Music tour to Perth, Melbourne, and Sydney Australia within the coming years at Bishop Alemany High School.