The Kent Singers, a choral group celebrating its 40th season, has announced its new conductor, Matthew Travis.

Mr. Travis is music director at Trinity-Pawling School in Pawling, N.Y.

"I am absolutely thrilled to be appointed music director of the Kent Singers," Mr. Travis said. "It is my hope to uphold the tradition of musical excellence, and to take the ensemble to new musical heights."

"I will ensure that each rehearsal will be engaging and lighthearted, but also musically fulfilling, and a rewarding experience to all those involved," he said. "If you are interested in joining the ensemble, it would be my pleasure to hear you sing - please join us, as we prepare for an exciting season of Bach, Brahms and Copland"

Mr. Travis, who has been with Trinity-Pawling School since 2010, earned a bachelor's degree in Voice Performance at University of Michigan and master's degree in choral conducting at Penn State University.

While at Penn State he served as assistant conductor for the Men's Glee Club, which performed internationally.

Mr. Travis has also participated in numerous summer programs including the Yale Summer School of Music, Eastman Conducting Institute, and the Oregon Bach Festival with Helmuth Riling.

He recently received the Lannom Fellowship from the American Choral Director's Association to study and conduct performances at the Massachusetts ACDA Convention.

The 40th anniversary spring concerts, "Brahms, Bach and Copeland in Love and Song," will be helf April 21 at 3 p.m. at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Kent and April 28 at 3 p.m. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Bridgewater.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $20 at the door.