Kevin Day (b. 1996, Charleston, WV) is an American composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist, and native of Arlington, Texas. Day is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Music Composition degree at the University of Georgia. Day earned his Bachelor of Music Degree in Instrumental Performance from TCU (Texas Christian University), where he studied euphonium and tuba with Richard Murrow, composition with Neil Anderson-Himmelspach, Blaise Ferrandino, and Till Meyn, and conducting with Germán Guitiérrez and Eddie Airheart. He currently is the Composer-In-Residence for the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra in Mesquite, TX for their 2019-2021 seasons and is an alumnus of the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music. Kevin is currently studying with Peter Van Zandt Lane for composition and Cynthia Johnston Turner for conducting.
Kevin has composed over 150 compositions to date and has had numerous premieres and performances by bands and orchestras across the United States, Austria, Australia, Taiwan, and South Africa. In 2020, his works were debuted Carnegie Hall, as a part of the New York Wind Band Festival. He has collaborated with chamber groups such as Tribeca New Music, the TCU Trombone Ensemble, the Puerto Rican Trombone Ensemble, The Hartt School Tuba-Euphonium Consortium, The Zenith Saxophone Quartet, and others. He has also collaborated with brass virtuosi Dermondrae Thurman and Jens Lindemann on new concertos for their respective instruments.
Kevin is also 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.
Mr. Day is the winner of a BMI Student Composer Award, the NASA (saxophone) Composition Contest, 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 for the NBA William D. Revelli Composition Contest and the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award. He has also been a finalist for the Columbia Summer Winds Outdoor Composition Contest, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Earshot Residency, the MetWinds North American Student Composer Competition, and the R. Winston Morris Award for Excellence in Composition. 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. 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). "The Broken Man" was broadcasted on live television on KERA's Frame of Mind Program in 2019.
As a conductor, Kevin 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 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, ITEA, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He is also a board 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.
Kevin Day (b. 1996) is a composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist, and native of Arlington, Texas. Day is currently attending the University of Georgia working on his Master of Music in Music Composition Degree. He currently studies with composer Peter Van Zandt Lane and conductor Cynthia Johnston Turner. Day received his Bachelor of Music Performance Degree from Texas Christian University (TCU), where he studied composition with Neil Anderson-Himmelspach and Euphonium/Tuba with Richard Murrow. He has also worked with and has been mentored by distinguished composers Gabriela Lena Frank, Frank Ticheli, John Mackey, William Owens, and Julie Giroux.
A winner of the BMI Student Composer Award, Day has composed over 150 compositions and has received numerous performances across the U.S., Austria, Austraila, Taiwan, and South Africa, as well as commissions for new works. In 2020, his works were debuted at Carnegie Hall, as apart of the New York Wind Band Festival. He has also been a finalist for the William Revelli Composition Contest, the ASCAP Morton Gould Contest, a semi-finalist for the Alexander Zemlinsky International Composition Contest, and the Detroit Symphony ACO Earshot Residency. Kevin Day currently serves as the Composer-In-Residence of the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra for their 2019-2021 seasons. His works are published through Murphy Music Press, Cimmaron Music, and Kevin Day Music.
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