Kevin Jay Isaacs
Dr. Isaacs, who began his tenure at Western Connecticut State University in 1990, is Professor of Music teaching courses in theory, composition, and choral studies. Additionally his duties include serving as the associate chair of the department and coordinating the graduate degree program in music education. Kevin was the recipient of the inaugural WCSU Excellence in Teaching Award during the 2007-08 academic year. For the 1995-96 school year, Dr. Isaacs was a Mellon Foundation Faculty Fellow at the School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music of Yale University.
Prior to his work in the Northeast, Isaacs was Visiting Professor of Composition at the University of Arizona. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Theory and Composition from Texas Christian University and a Doctorate in Composition and Choral Conducting from The University of Arizona under the tutelage of the celebrated composer, Robert Muczynski, and choral mentor, Maurice Skones.
Professor Isaacs' musical sphere includes writing commissioned compositions, adjudicating, and conducting All State, regional, and other honor choirs. Additional conducting opportunities have included The Charles Ives Symphony and Festival Chorus, The Camerata Chamber Orchestra, and four years as Music Director of the Christ Chorale, a Danbury area adult ecumenical choral ensemble.
Kevin's compositions are commissioned and performed by amateur and professional performers and ensembles across the nation. The Ojai Camerata, a professional ensemble in southern California conducted by Wyant Morton, premiered a set of three commissioned choral works entitled, life rounded with sleep. Unnecessary Roughness, for percussion ensemble, was premiered at a recent MENC Eastern Regional Conference. Luther College in Decorah, Iowa premiered a new commissioned choral work, O Frondens Virga, at the North Central convention of the American Choral Directors Association in March of 2008.
In 2001, CRI Records released, 4 WHEEL DR., a multi-movement work for saxophones and piano, performed by Dan Goble and Jeff Helmer. Goble and pianist Russell Hirshfield will record his latest work, Skookum Suite, for soprano saxophone and piano in summer 2009. Additionally, Mark Foster Music and PerCel Music have published Professor Isaacs’ works. Kevin is a proud member of BMI, Broadcast Music Incorporated.
Kevin lives in Brookfield, Connecticut with his wife, Debra, and their three sons, Kameron, Zachary, and Jackson.
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