Biography

Nicholas A. Kenney, D.M.A.

2100 Granville Towers 
Chapel Hill, NC 27514     
704.806.8937      nick.kenney@gmail.com     

Dr. Nicholas A. Kenney, horn, enjoys an active and diverse career as a performer and teacher. He has performed in venues across the globe, including the historic Waterford Opera House in Waterford, Ireland, New York City’sCarnegie Hall, Lincoln, Nebraska’s Lied Center for the Performing Arts, Morelia, Mexico’s Centro Músico para la Musica y las Artes Sonaras(CMMAS), and at the Conservatorium in Brisbane, Australia.

Dr. Kenney has appeared with the Greater Spartanburg (SC) Philharmonic, the Hendersonville (NC) Symphony Orchestra, the Lincoln (NE) Symphony Orchestra, the Omaha (NE) Symphony, and the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra.

As a soloist, he has won numerous awards at state and regional levels including being a two-time winner of both the North Carolina and Nebraska MTNA competitions, winning the 2006 Western Carolina University Concerto Competition, placing third at the Southeast Regional MTNA competition and being a finalist at the 2006 and 2009 Southeast horn Workshop solo competitions. Most recently he was a finalist in the 2009 International Horn Competition of America and he placed second in the University of Nebraska's 2009 Graduate Concerto Competition.

Dr. Kenney has appeared as guest soloist with the South Mecklenburg High School Wind Symphony, performing W.A. Mozart’s Concerto No. 3 in Eb Major, and the 2008 Nebraska High School All-State Choir, performing Paul Basler’s Alleluia.

An advocate for Chamber Music, Dr. Kenney has enjoyed numerous experiences in the medium. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Horn Quartet placed third at the 2009 Southeast Horn Workshop Quartet Competition and in 2004 the “Cor Four” Quartet from Western Carolina Univeristy placed third at the Hendersonville, NC Chamber Music Competition. In 2008 the Campo Aperto Wind Octet from UNL enjoyed a weeklong residency at University of Michoacan San Nicolas De Hildago, in Morelia, Mexico. He has also performed with the Koper-Messing Brass Quintet, BLOU Woodwind Quintet, and the world-renowned TransAtlantic Horn Quartet. Most recently he was invited to be a guest artist at the 2010 Virginia Commonwealth University Brass Fest, where he will perform with hornists Dr. Patrick Smith, Kristin Smith, and Dr. Mary Burroughs.

As a teacher and clinician, Dr. Kenney has been very active, giving master classes in Morelia, Mexico, Charlotte, North Carolina, Lincolnton, North Carolina, Concord, North Carolina, Lincoln, Nebraska, Montgomery, Alabama, Richmond, Virginia, and Cullowhee, North Carolina. Dr. Kenney has served as Adjunct Professor of horn at Concordia University in Seward, NE where he taught applied horn and as Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, where his duties included assisting in the horn studio, assisting in Music 101 courses, teaching brass skills, and teaching applied horn. At Western Carolina University he served, for one year, as a Graduate Teaching Assistant where he assisted with Music History Courses, managed the Coulter Recital Hall, assisted with the horn studio and taught applied horn. He also served as Assistant Conductor of the Western Carolina University Symphony Band while studying conducting independently with Dr. Daniel Cherry. Currently, Dr. Kenney is the Director of Instrumental activities at Cresset Christian Academy’s Institute for the Arts in Durham, North Carolina, he teaches marching band at Chapel Hill High School, and has a private studio of young aspiring musicians from throughout the Triad area of North Carolina.

Dr. Kenney is a member of the International Horn Society, College Music Society, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the National Scholar’s Honor Society, and the Music Educators of North Carolina.