KEVIN FENSKE is a music educator, performer, and entrepreneur based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree at the University of Michigan where he serves as a graduate student instructor and maintains a small private teaching studio. His students have been named to Region, Area, and All-State bands in the state of Texas, as well as accepted into major universities, festivals, and camps around the United States. Kevin founded and serves as Director of the Texas Low Brass Academy, a summer music camp and masterclass series for young low brass musicians centered around the exposure to low brass chamber music, artistic development, and world-class musical instruction.
As a performer, Kevin has won prizes and been named a finalist at various regional, national, and international competitions, including the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival, International Tuba Euphonium Conference, The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Tuba-Euphonium Workshop, International Women’s Brass Conference, Stars & Shipes E-Competitions, and the South Central Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference, among others. Notable solo and orchestral performances include collaborations with the Houston Symphony, University of Texas Wind Ensemble, Texas Music Festival Orchestra, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Festival Band, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Wind Ensemble, and the University of Texas Symphony Band.
An advocate for new music, he has both commissioned and premiered works by Kevin Day, Drew Bonner, Benjamin Horne, Jose Flores, Ian Lester, and Aaron Perrine. Kevin served on the 2020-2021 UIL Prescribed Music List solo committee for the state of Texas adding over 100 new solos to the state music list, including the addition of works for solo euphonium & electronics. In the genre of marching and pageantry arts, Kevin joined the brass educational staff for the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps as a low brass technician in 2020 and previously taught in a similar role at the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps and as a graduate teaching assistant for the University of Texas Longhorn Band and Longhorn Pep Band.
Kevin received a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from the University of Houston and a Master of Music degree in euphonium performance from the University of Texas at Austin. His primary teachers include Danny Vinson, Charles Villarrubia, and David Zerkel.