Sunday, May 8, 2016

Kansas City Native Kevin Harrison is Tuba Player in Axiom Brass Quintet, Semi-Finalist in M-Prize Chamber Music Competition at University of Michigan

Axiom Brass
Dorival Puccini, Jr.; Kristofer Hammond; Jacob DiEdwardo; Serdar Çizmeci; Kevin Harrison

Kevin Harrison
(Dario Acosta)

A native of Kansas City, Kevin Harrison joined the Axiom Brass in early 2008. He received a Bachelor of Music from Truman State University in 2004 and graduated with distinction from DePaul University in 2006 with a Master of Music degree. His principal teachers have included Steve Seward (Kansas City Symphony), Warren Deck (New York Philharmonic, retired), and Floyd Cooley (San Francisco Symphony, retired) in addition to private studies with such distinguished artists as Gene Pokorny, Charlie Vernon, Daniel Perantoni, Jennifer Montone, Michael Sanders, and Roger Oyster among others.
A highly sought after freelance musician, Kevin has established himself in Chicago and throughout the Midwest as a chamber musician, orchestral musician, educator, clinician, and music coach. He is currently Principal Tuba of the Northwest Indiana Symphony and has performed with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, and many other orchestras throughout Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Iowa.
Kevin is an alumnus of both the Eastern Music Festival and School (2001) and Aspen Music Festival and School where he was a student from the summers of 2003-2006. In Aspen, he received instruction from Warren Deck, gained world-class orchestral experience with some of today’s leading artists, and worked closely with members of the American Brass Quintet in solo and chamber music performance. Mr. Harrison has gone on to perform and record with several quintets including the Lincoln Park Brass, Chicago Classic Brass, and Northwest Indiana Symphony Brass Quintet. He has also made solo appearances with the Northwest Indiana Symphony, American Academy of Conducting Orchestra at Aspen, and both the Truman State University Orchestra and Wind Symphony.
As an educator, Kevin’s students have participated in district and state bands, and have received the highest awards in solo competitions in the states of Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri. He is actively involved with the Northwest Indiana Youth Orchestra where he regularly coaches brass sectionals and brass chamber ensembles. He appears throughout the Midwest as a clinician where he has given masterclasses to middle schools, high schools, and colleges alike on topics ranging from brass techniques to preparing oneself for a successful career in music. Most recently, Kevin was appointed to the brass faculty at the Wheaton College Conservatory in Wheaton, Illinois.

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Thank you -- greatly appreciate your efforts in informing readers of the concert and the UM grads who are finalists! Marilou Marilou Carlin, Director of Communications

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