Bio

Photo credited to Debbie Alenius

Photo credited to Debbie Alenius

Kevin Alexander Day (b. 1996 in Charleston, WV) is an American composer, conductor, and multi-instrumentalist from Arlington, Texas. He currently is the Composer-In-Residence for the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra in Mesquite, TX, for their 2019-2021 seasons. Day recently graduated in May 2019 from Texas Christian University (TCU) with his Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Performance Degree, where he studied Euphonium and Tuba with Richard Murrow, Jazz Piano with Joey Carter, Composition with Neil Anderson-Himmelspach, Blaise Ferrandino, and Till Meyn, and Conducting with Germán Guitiérrez and Eddie Airheart. He will be pursing his Master of Music in Music Composition Degree at the University of Georgia in Fall 2019, where he will study with composer Peter Van Zandt Lane and conductor Cynthia Johnston Turner. 

Day has composed 140 works for solos, concert band, orchestra, chamber, and choral groups. His works have been performed in the United States, Austria, and South Africa. Kevin Day has received premieres and performances from the TCU Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Trombone Choir, and Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble. Kevin has also had works performed by the Dallas Winds, Cobb Wind Symphony, the Alabama All-State Band, and the wind ensembles of The University of Portland, The University of Georgia, Wayne State University, San Jóse State University, Seattle Pacific University, Texas State University, Texas A&M-Commerce (Symphonic Band), and the University of Cape Town (South Africa), to name a few. He has also had works performed by chamber groups such as the Puerto Rican Trombone Ensemble, The Hartt School Tuba-Euphonium Consortium, The Zenith Saxophone Quartet, and others. As a musician, Kevin is actively involved as a low brass player, jazz pianist, and also receives work in music production.  Kevin is an alumnus of the 2016 Disneyland All-American College Band on Tuba under the direction of Dr. Ron McCurdy and played with artists such as John Clayton, Wayne Bergeron, Ronald Carter (saxophone), Jiggs Whigham, and Gordon Goodwin.   

Day’s music has been featured at conferences across the U.S. such as the International Tuba-Euphonium Association Conference, the International Trombone Association Conference, the SCI Region VI Conference, Western International Band Clinic (W.I.B.C.), the National Association for Music Educators All-Northwest Conference, the Texas Music Educators Association Convention (TMEA), the Midwest Clinic, the American Bandmasters Association (ABA) Conference, and the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) National Conference.

Mr. Day is a winner of a BMI Student Composer Award, the 2nd Annual Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Young Composers Competition, the Tribeca New Music Young Composers Competition, and the Dallas Winds Fanfare Contest, as well as being a finalist twice for the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award and once for the Novus New Music Call for Scores Contest, Columbia Summer Winds Outdoor Composition Contest, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Earshot Contest, the MetWinds North American Student Composer Competition, and the R. Winston Morris Award for Excellence in Composition. Kevin Day was selected as a Composer Fellow for Cycle 8 of the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music for 2019. Day is also the recipient of the W. Francis McBeth Student Musicianship Award from Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity. In addition to classical music, Mr. Day has composed music for three short films, A Partial Heart (2015), The Broken Man (2017), and Hello Henry (2018) that have gone on to film contests and festivals. Recently, The Broken Man was broadcasted on live television on KERA's Frame of Mind Program. Mr. Day has also held a composer-in-residence position with the Next Gen Chamber Players (Now Mansfield Philharmonic) in Mansfield, TX.   

Day has guest conducted the Arlington High School Symphony Orchestra, the Greater Fort Worth Community Band, the Next Gen Chamber Players, the Fort Worth Civic Orchestra, the TCU Symphonic Band, the TCU Symphony Orchestra, the TCU Concert Band, and the TCU Wind Symphony. He has also worked with and has been mentored by renowned composers Gabriela Lena Frank, Julie Giroux, John Mackey, William Owens, and Frank Ticheli. Kevin is a member of BMI, TMEA, ITEA, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He is also a member of the Millennium Composers Initiative. Day's works have been recorded/distributed by Mark Records (Naxos) and are published by Murphy Music Press, LLC, Cimarron Music, and Kevin Day Music. 

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Kevin Alexander Day (b. 1996 in Charleston, WV) is an American composer, conductor, and multi-instrumentalist from Arlington, Texas. He currently is the Composer-In-Residence for the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra in Mesquite, TX, for their 2019-2021 seasons. Day graduated in May 2019 from Texas Christian University with his Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Performance Degree, where he studied Euphonium and Tuba with Richard Murrow, Jazz Piano with Joey Carter, Composition with Neil Anderson-Himmelspach, Blaise Ferrandino, and Till Meyn, and Conducting with Germán Guitiérrez and Eddie Airheart. He will be pursing his Master of Music in Music Composition Degree at the University of Georgia in Fall 2019, where he will study with composer Peter Van Zandt Lane and conductor Cynthia Johnston Turner. Kevin has composed over 120 works for solos, concert band, orchestra, chamber, and choral groups. His works have been premiered across the United States and in South Africa. Day’s music has been featured at conferences across the U.S. such as the SCI Region VI Conference, Western International Band Clinic, the National Association for Music Educators All-Northwest Conference, the Midwest Clinic, the American Bandmasters Association Conference, and the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) National Conference.

 

Day has composed 140 works for solos, concert band, orchestra, chamber, and choral groups. His works have been performed in the United States, Austria, and South Africa. Kevin Day is a winner of a BMI Student Composer Award, the 2nd Annual Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Young Composers Competition, the Tribeca New Music Young Composers Competition, and the Dallas Winds Fanfare Contest, as well as being a finalist twice for the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award and once for the Novus New Music Call for Scores Contest, Columbia Summer Winds Outdoor Composition Contest, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Earshot Contest, the MetWinds North American Student Composer Competition, and the R. Winston Morris Award for Excellence in Composition. Kevin Day was selected as a Composer Fellow for Cycle 8 of the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music for 2019. Day is also the recipient of the W. Francis McBeth Student Musicianship Award from Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity.He has also worked with and has been mentored by renowned composers Gabriela Lena Frank, Julie Giroux, John Mackey, William Owens, and Frank Ticheli. Kevin is a member of BMI, TMEA, ITEA, the Gamma Sigma chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, and the Delta Mu chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He is also a member of the Millennium Composers Initiative. Day's works have been recorded/distributed by Mark Records (Naxos) and are published by Murphy Music Press, LLC, Cimarron Music, and Kevin Day Music.