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. He has performed 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.
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. Currently, Dr. Kenney is the Director of Instrumental activities at Cresset Christian Academy’s Institute for the Arts in Durham, North and he has a private studio of young aspiring musicians from throughout the Triad area of North Carolina.
I play the Lewis & Duerk LDx5 model with an Atkinson B10 cup and a B4 Gold plated rim. I also really trust the sound and intonation I get from my Ion Balu mutes. When I show up to give a performance, I always try to bring a clear mind. It helps more than any gadget I’ve tried so far.
Essential Must Haves
Mute, Stop Mute, Valve oil, and EXTRA STRING!
Something Worth Learning
If having trouble traveling with your case on airplanes, all you have to do is be very nice and ask permission to board early so that you can ask a flight attendant about storing your horn in the Captain’s closet. Nine out of ten times this has worked for me.
I, of course, love music – specifically the Strauss Tone Poems and Mahler Symphonies. Besides music I am a huge supporter of MOTOGP, AMA Racing, and everyday motorcyclist events called “trackdays.” I recently launched a motorsports photography company with my wife called “Speed Diva Photography” to capture these events and sell the pictures to the participants. Check us out on Facebook!
I like to set small and large goals that can be accomplished over time in order to keep myself motivated. Right now, my large goal is to win a University teaching gig. Smaller goals include preparing for a short solo tour in the Spring.