Kevin Brunkhorst

Degree: 
M.Mus., University of North Texas
Chair, Music Department
Phone: 
(902) 867-2467
Building: 
Gilmora Hall
Office: 
224
email: 
kbrunkho@stfx.ca
Current courses: 
Guitar Studio, The Beatles, 20th Century Music, Guitar Ensemble

 

Kevin Brunkhorst is Chair of the Music Department at St. Francis Xavier University. 

 

His first memories of music included seeing the Beatles play ‘Hey Jude’, which was aired on the Ed Sullivan Show on February 15, 1970.  He received his first guitar for Christmas that year.  When the local high school band director tested everyone for musical aptitude, he came in second, and was steered toward the clarinet.  (The promised switch to the saxophone later on never happened.)  From the Beatles, his musical diet expanded: Led Zeppelin, Yes, Pink Floyd, Steely Dan, Genesis, Miles Davis, Weather Report, and Pat Metheny.

 

He attended the University of North Texas 1983-87 (Bachelor of Music, Composition) and 2001-04 (Master of Music, Jazz Studies).  (In between those stints at UNT, he worked in the music industry.)  He was a member of their renowned One O’Clock Lab Band (1986, 2002-2004), studied jazz guitar with Jack Petersen and Fred Hamilton, and composition with Martin Mailman, Larry Winsor, and Cindy McTee.

 

He started at StFX in 2004, teaching jazz guitar, jazz composition, and music technology.  In subsequent years, he also taught courses in music theory, modern jazz history, history of popular music, and the Beatles.  He also leads the Guitar Ensemble, in which guitarists learn a very high standard of performance and reading skills.

 

He has released four CDs as a leader or co-leader (on Armored Records), produced recordings for several others, and written about 100 charts for guitar ensemble, many of which are published by the UNC Jazz Press.

He became Chair of the Music Department in 2014.

 

Recordings:

 

available at CDBaby:

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/kevinbrunkhorst2


available on iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/otherwise/id1085377515

 

on Spotify:

https://play.spotify.com/artist/5mEO7n3v8ij8QqhubIXfjC

 

 

Guitar Ensemble Charts, published by University of Northern Colorado Jazz Press:

http://www.uncjazzpress.com/SearchResults.asp?mfg=Kevin+Brunkhorst

 

 

StFX Guitar Ensemble on YouTube:

 https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=stfx+guitar+ensemble