Kevin Fenton, professor of choral conducting and ensembles, is director of University Singers and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Choirs under Dr. Fenton’s direction have been invited to perform for regional and national conventions of ACDA, CMS and MENC on ten occasions, including the University Singers performance at the National Convention in 2013.
A champion of new music, Dr. Fenton has conducted over twenty premiere performances, including Jason McCoy’s “Santo” (2012); Jeffrey Ames’ “I Can Feel the Spirit” (2011); Eric Barnum’s “In Paradisum” (2010); Sydney Guilliame’s “Au-Déla du Chagrin” (2010); Clifton Callender’s “Reasons to Learne to Sing” (2010); and Troy Robertson’s "American Echoes" (2010). Kevin also teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in choral conducting and choral literature.
Prior to his arrival in 2000, Kevin was DCA at James Madison University and Virginia Tech. He has conducted choirs in thirty-six states, including twenty all-state honor choirs. During 2012-13 Kevin will conduct All-State Choirs in North Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. He has conducted the International Festival Choir with China’s People’s Liberation Orchestra in Beijing and he will conduct the Prague Festival of New Music in 2013. Kevin’s textbook Foundations of Choral Conducting is used by university students throughout the US. Dr. Fenton is a recipient of the Gamma Mu Chapter of Delta Omicron Music Professor of the Year Award and the FSU Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Kevin currently serves as president of ACDA’s Southern Division and he is looking forward to the 2014 Southern Division Convention that will take place in Jacksonville Florida.