Meet Monica Swartout-Bebow

Meet Monica Swartout-Bebow, our new Artistic and Executive Director

Monica Swartout-Bebow, Artistic & Executive Director


To celebrate Monica’s new leadership position at KCH, the performers of Wine, Women, and Song are planning a Benefit Gala Fundraiser Performance for the Kerrytown Concert House at THE ARK on Sunday, August 25th, 2019, at 4 pm.  Please mark this event in your calendars and plan to attend!  More details to come on our website in the coming days, so please stay tuned!

The Kerrytown Concert House Board of Trustees is pleased to welcome the new Artistic and Executive Director, Monica Swartout-Bebow, who will begin full-time this August 1st.

Ms. Swartout-Bebow brings to this position a 23-year relationship with the Kerrytown Concert House, where she has regularly performed in all genres presented, produced concerts, rented studio space, and volunteered. Most recently, she has served as the newest creator/director of its ever-popular cabaret concert series and fundraiser, Wine, Women, and Song.

She will be leaving a long-time adjunct appointment at Eastern Michigan University, where she has happily served as lecturer, opera workshop director, and applied voice instructor.  As a business owner for 25 years, Ms. Swartout-Bebow has passionately worked to build deep artistic connections in the Ann Arbor community through her private teaching and directing. Her most recent project, Front and Center Cabaret Works, was a summer cabaret workshop dedicated to empowering young people through the art of cabaret.

“We all know Monica as a marvelously talented singer,” said Susan Shipman, Ann Arbor business woman and member of Wine, Women, and Song, “but she is also an experienced business owner, producer, director, and university music professor.  The depth and breadth of her arts experience and her deep local ties will help KCH continue to strengthen and grow as a unique performing arts presenter and community resource in Ann Arbor and southeast Michigan.”

“I am honored to have this leadership opportunity at the Kerrytown Concert House and thrilled by the challenge,” said Ms. Swartout-Bebow.  “This special venue brings live performance to music lovers in an up close and personal way that is like no other in Ann Arbor. I look forward to building upon its rich artistic history and to helping it expand and grow in meaningful, impactful, and delightful ways.”