Nicomedes Santa Cruz Fellow
“My father is a singer, music producer, and former DJ and my mother was brought up as a gospel singer and can play a little piano. Both my parents are singers and ministers in church (even today) and so my sisters and I were brought up in a very musical household... Composing has been a refuge for me in dealing with the chaos of my life and the chaos around me in society... I compose because I want to try to make a living as a composer of color and make my family and the people who have supported me proud.”
— Kevin Day
Kevin Alexander Day (b. 1996 in Charleston, WV) is an American composer, conductor, and multi-instrumentalist from Arlington, Texas. He is a senior at Texas Christian University working on finishing his Bachelor of Music Performance Degree in Euphonium, while also studying composition. Kevin has composed over 100 works for solos, concert band, orchestra, chamber, and choral groups. His works have been premiered across the United States and recently, his music will receive its first international performance in Cape Town, South Africa. He has studied under Dr. Neil Anderson-Himmelspach for composition, Dr. Germán Guitiérrez and Eddie Airheart for conducting, and Richard Murrow for Tuba & Euphonium.
While at TCU, Kevin Day has received performances from the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Trombone Choir, and Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble. Kevin has also had works performed by the Dallas
Winds, Alabama All-State Honor Band, the West Salem High School Wind Ensemble, and the PuertoRican Trombone Ensemble. 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 Western International Band Clinic, the National Association for Music Educators All-Northwest Conference, the Midwest Clinic, and the American Bandmasters Association Conference. Mr. Day has won national composition contests such as the 2nd Annual Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Young Composers Competition (Manhattan Nights for Symphony Orchestra), the Tribeca New Music Young Composers Competition (Piano Trio No. 3), 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. 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. Mr. Day has also held a composer-in-residence position with the Next Gen Chamber Players.
Mr. 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 renowned composers Julie Giroux, John Mackey, and Dr. Frank Ticheli. Kevin is a member of BMI, TMEA, ITEA, and the Gamma Sigma Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity. Day's works are published by Murphy Music Press, LLC, Cimarron Music, and Kevin Day Music.