Discipline: Music Composition

Kevin Day

Discipline: Music Composition
Region: San Diego, CA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2024

Kevin Day is an internationally acclaimed composer, conductor, and pianist based in San Diego, CA. He has composed over 250 works for various mediums including many concertos, chamber music, orchestra, and wind band compositions. His music often intersects between the worlds of jazz, minimalism, Latin music, fusion, and contemporary classical idioms. Day has won a BMI Composer Award, was a finalist for the ASCAP Morton Gould Composer Award, the ABA-Sousa Oswald Award, and the NBA William Revelli Award. He studied at the University of Miami, University of Georgia, and TCU.

While at MacDowell, Day worked on and completed his first commissioned opera entitled LALOVAVI: an afro-futurist opera in three acts. This opera was commissioned by Cincinnati Opera and the Mellon Foundation, in collaboration with librettist Tifara Brown and dramaturg Kimille Howard.


Irving Fine

Kevin Day worked in the Irving Fine studio.

Youngstown Studio was given to MacDowell by friends of Miss Myra McKeown in Youngstown, OH, where she promoted both art and music. It was renamed Irving Fine Studio in 1972 in honor of Irving Fine, a distinguished composer, conductor, and teacher who was a MacDowell Fellow during the 1940s and 1950s. The simple interior of the studio…

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