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Composer, Tuba player, Educator, Conductor
Kenneth Amis

Biography

World renowned composer-performer, Kenneth Amis, enjoys an international career of high acclaim. Mr. Amis began his musical exploits in his home country of Bermuda. He began playing the piano at a young age and upon entering high school took up the tuba and developed an interest in performing and writing music. A Suite for Bass Tuba, composed when he was only fifteen, marked his first published work. A year later, at age sixteen, he enrolled in Boston University where he majored in composition. After graduating from Boston University he attended the New England Conservatory of Music where he received his master’s degree in composition.

An active composer, Mr. Amis has received commissions from several institutions and music organizations. He has undertaken residencies with educational institutions ranging from middle schools through the collegiate level and was a founding member and on the Board of Directors for the American Composers Forum New England Chapter. In 2007 he was Composer-in-residence at the South Shore Conservatory in Massachusetts.

Audiences around the world have enjoyed Mr. Amis’s music through performances by such groups as the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Academy of Music Symphonic Winds, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the National Arts Center Orchestra of Ottawa. In 2003 Mr. Amis became the youngest recipient of New England Conservatory of Music’s “Outstanding Alumni Award.”

As a tuba player, Mr. Amis has performed as a soloist with the English Chamber Orchestra and has been a member of the Tanglewood Festival Orchestra and the New World Symphony Orchestra. His performance skills are showcased on many commercial records distributed internationally.

Mr. Amis has served on the faculties of Boston University Tanglewood Institute, the Trombones de Costa Rica International Festival in Costa Rica and the Pacific Music Festival in Japan. His current academic affiliations can be seen below.

Mr. Amis is presently the tuba player of the Empire Brass and the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra and a performing artist for Besson instruments.

Mr. Amis performs on a Besson 981 Eb tuba and a Rudolf Meinl 5/4 CC tuba.

Teaching Positions

Mr. Amis currently teaches at the following institutions:

Commissions

Mr. Amis has been commissioned by the following organizations.

  • Banddirector.com / Florida Bandmasters Association, Florida, U.S.A.
  • The Conservatory at Lynn University, Boca Raton, Florida, U.S.A
  • The Bermuda Festival Of The Performing Arts, Bermuda
  • Blinn College, Brenham, Texas, U.S.A.
  • Bliss Brass, Tokyo, Japan
  • Massachusetts Institute Of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
  • Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
  • Boston Classical Orchestra, Boston, Massachusetts,  U.S.A.
  • The Frank L. Battisti 70th Birthday Commission Consortium, U.S.A.
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • New England Conservatory
    • University of Minnesota
    • University of Texas at Austin
    • Baylor University
    • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    • Michigan State University
    • Ithaca College
    • Yale University
    • Riverside Community College
    • Hanover College Wind Ensemble
    • Arizona State University
    • Rice University
    • USAF Band of Mid-America
    • Metropolitan Wind Symphony
    • Franklin and Marshall College
    • Harvard University
    • Western Michigan University
    • The University of Kentucky
    • The University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Panatel Inc., Hamilton, Bermuda
  • University Of Scranton, Scranton. Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
  • Carlisle Middle School, Carlisle, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
  • Liberty High School, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
  • Belmont High School, Belmont, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
  • College Band Directors Association, Austin, Texas, U.S.A.
  • Gardner High School, Gardner, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
  • Brass Mosaic, Washington D.C., U.S.A.
  • Massachusetts Instrumental & Choral Conductors Association, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
  • Epic Brass, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
  • New England Conservatory Of Music, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
  • Roger Voisin, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
  • Empire Brass Inc., Massachusetts, U.S.A.

 

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