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’s Carnegie 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 Charlotte (NC) Symphony Orchestra, the Lincoln (NE) Symphony Orchestra, the Omaha (NE) Symphony, the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, and is currently 2nd horn in the Fayettville (NC) Symphony Orchestra.
As a soloist, he has won numerous awards at state and regional levels - highlights include winning multiple state MTNA competitions and twice placing 3rd at the regionals. Moreover, he was a finalist at the 2006 and 2009 Southeast horn Workshop solo competitions and the 2009 International Horn Competition of America. 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. Most recently, he toured to Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Western North Carolina giving solo recitals and masterclasses at local universities.
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 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 week long 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. In 2010 Dr. Kenney was a guest artist at the Virginia Commonwealth University Brass Fest, where performed 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 all over the world. 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 and Western Carolina University. Currently, Dr. Kenney is the Adjunct Professor of horn at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, where he teaches horn majors and minors and plays in the faculty brass quintet, he is the Director of Instrumental activities at Cresset Christian Academy’s Institute for the Arts in Durham, North Carolina, and has a private studio of young aspiring musicians from throughout the Triangle area of North Carolina.