Composer and flutist Bryan Kennard leads an active schedule as a writer and performer. His works include compositions for jazz ensembles and small groups, chamber ensembles, and full orchestra. Bryan has performed and shared his music at such events as the Montreux and North Sea Jazz Festivals, the Jazz Educators Network Conference, the National Flute Association Convention, the International Double Reed Society Convention, and the Texas Music Educators Association Convention. He has presented his work in master classes with Billy Childs, Darcy James Argue, and Vince Mendoza at the International Society for Jazz Arrangers and Composers Symposia, and he has worked privately and in workshops with composers and arrangers including Gary Lindsay, John Daversa, Stephen Guerra, John Mills, Dave Morgan, and Maria Schneider. Currently pursuing a DMA in Jazz Composition at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, Bryan serves as a Teaching Assistant for the Studio Music and Jazz department as well as Coordinator/Composition Fellow for the Henry Mancini Institute. He earned his MM in Jazz Composition from the University of Texas at Austin, a MM in Flute Performance from Youngstown State University, and BM from Mercyhurst University. He was awarded the 2016 Stribling Award for Excellence in Jazz Studies while attending UT, has since received multiple Student Downbeat Awards, and was a Young Composer Showcase selectee at the 2019 JEN Conference.
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