William Albright, Leslie Bassett, John Beall, William Bolcom, Evan Chambers, Theo Loevendie, Bernard Rands.

Lawrence Christianson, conducting; John Winkler, trumpet


  • Tonhalle Düsseldorf, 2014
  • Canta Nova Saar for a new work for choir and solo clarinet, 2014
  • Octet for members of the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, 2014
  • The Brooklyn Friends of Chamber Music, 2011
  • The Motor City Brass Quintet, 2009
  • The Bremen Sinfoniette, 2008
  • Four commissions, The Albany Symphony (NY), 2004-2005
  • The Netherland-America Foundation, a concerto for violin and orchestra for Colin Jacobson, 2006-2007
  • Four commissions for new works from the California Symphony, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 
  • The Santa Barbara Symphony, 2002
  • The Boston Conservatory, a concerto for marimbist, Nanae Mimura, 2001-2002 
  • Brooklyn Friends of Chamber Music for a work for the Cassatt String Quartet and mezzo–soprano Stephanie Houtzeel, 1998–99
  • The Albany Symphony, “Dogs of Desire” Ensemble, 2002
  • Detroit Civic Orchestra, 2000
  • Wilma Wever, for voice and piano, with Weill Hall and Concertgebouw Kleine Zaal debuts, 2000
  • Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, Paul Jacobs Commission, for large orchestra, 1997
  • New York Youth Symphony, for orchestra, with Carnegie Hall debut, 1997
  • University of Michigan Symphony Band, with Carnegie Hall debut, 1997
  • Everett Foundation, for cello and piano, 1996



Appointed composer in residence of the California Symphony as part of the orchestra’s Young American Composer Residency program. The three-year residency included three commissions plus other performances and duties,


Sonata for Violin and Piano and Wandlebury Ring published by Oxford University Press, NY, 2002 and 2004

First Prize, ASCAP Rudolph Nissim Competition, 2001

First Prize, the Omaha Symphony Orchestra Guild Composition Competition, 2001

First Prize, The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Centennial Composition Competition, for a cash prize, three performances at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia and a performance in Carnegie Hall, 2000

Commissioning Award, Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst, 2001

National Endowment for the Arts, Commissioning Grant, 1999

Netherlands–America Foundation Grant (now Fulbright), for one year of post-graduate study in the Netherlands, 1999-2000

First Prize, Lee Ettelson Prize, Composers Inc., 1997

Four ASCAP/Morton Gould Awards to Young Composers, 1995, 1996, 1997, and 1998

American Academy of Arts and Letters, Charles Ives Scholarship, 1996

New York Youth Symphony, First Music 14 Commissioning Award, 1997

Tanglewood Music Center Fellowship, (sponsored by the Aaron Copland Fund), 1996

Three MacDowell Artist Colony Residencies, 1995, 2000, and 2004

Two Regents Fellowships (tuition and stipend) from the University of Michigan, MM, 1994–1996; DMA, 1996–1999

Numerous ASCAP Standard Awards (given to members of ASCAP)

Conducting Experience.  Three years of conducting training with Lawrence Christianson.  Experience with

orchestral, band, youth group, and new music ensemble conducting


Three moods (for brass quintet), scheduled for professional recording with the Motor City Brass Quintet, 2014.

Sourpuss for solo piano, Nicola Melville. Innova Recordings, 2007

Sonata for Violin and Piano, Scott Conklin, violin; Alan Huckelberry, piano. Albany Records, 2009

Shadowplays recorded by Timothy McAllister (saxophone) and the U of M Percussion Ensemble on the Equilibrium label, CD titled Imaginary Landscape: Percussion Music, 1996

Nocturne Fantasy (for flute, harp, and string orchestra) recorded by Catherine DeJongh, flute; Bohdan Jarmolowicz, conductor; The Polish National Chamber Orchestra, for the Centaur label, 2001


The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Saint Louis Symphony, The New World Symphony, The Santa Barbara Symphony, The California Symphony, The Omaha Symphony, Tanglewood Festival Orchestra, The Polish National Chamber Orchestra, The Albany Symphony, The Bremen Sinfonietta, New York Youth Symphony, The Detroit Civic Orchestra, The National Symphonies of Guatemala and Ecuador, Three Carnegie Hall premieres, Weill Hall, The Jupiter String Quartet, The Cassatt String Quartet, Tanglewood Music Festival, Eastman Wind Ensemble, University of Michigan Symphony Band, Brooklyn Friends of Chamber Music, Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), University of Illinois Orchestra, and Composers Inc. (with Associate Concertmaster of the San Francisco Symphony), Detmold Conservatory (Germany), Japan


RUBINSTEIN AKADEMIE, Düsseldorf, Germany, Professor of Composition

Instructing composition and theory students in private lessons.

COLORADO UNIVERSITY, Boulder, Colorado, Visiting Lecturer, 2012

Instructed composition students in private lessons.  Taught classes in instrumentation and advanced orchestration (for graduate level composition students), and composition seminar.


Visiting Lecturer and Visiting Director of the New Music Ensemble, 2001-2003

Instructed composition students in private lessons.  Taught classes in 20th-century music, instrumentation and orchestration.  Administered and conduct the New Music Ensemble (2002-03).

INTERLOCHEN ARTS CAMP, Interlochen, Michigan

Theory/Composition Faculty, 1998-2000

Classroom instructor for basic and advanced theory classes as well as composition classes.  Private instructor for studies in composition.

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, Ann Arbor, Michigan                

Composition Instructor, 1997-1999

1997–’99: Instructor for composition course for both graduate and undergraduate students. Also, teaching assistant composition course.  Responsibilities includeing private instruction as well as classroom teaching.

Aural Skills Instructor, 1995-1996

Instructor for sophomore classes on dictation and sight-singing of tonal music.  Responsibilities included classroom teaching and grading.


Yoga practitioner and instructor, chess enthusiast (member of the chess club, Düsseldorfer Schachverein 1854), speaks German


Doctor of Musical Arts, Composition, University of Michigan, 2000

Master of Music, Composition, University of Michigan, 1996

Bachelor of Music, Composition, West Virginia University, 1994

       Magna Cum Laude


Kevin Beavers
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