Kevin Poelking, Conducting Fellow
Mr. Kevin Poelking is a professional educator as well as an active percussionist, conductor and composer in the Washington, D.C. area. Mr. Poelking attended the University of South Carolina where he studied under Dr. Scott Herring and received his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education as well as a Performer's Certificate in Percussion.
Over the recent years, Mr. Poelking's compositions have continued to gain momentum with more frequent performances. Mr. Poelking was awarded arranger of the year in 2007 for his piece written for the USC Marching Band/Pep Band. In 2014, a portion of Mr. Poelking's piece "Scratch" for string quartet was selected for The Vox Novus "Fifteen Minutes of Fame" project and performed by the Passione Quartet in Bucharest, Romania. Two more pieces received their premiere in 2014: "Grey Streaks" performed by the Univ. of Southern Miss Percussion Ensemble and "Lucy" for SATB chorus and piano by the Academy of Voices in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Mr. Poelking recently completed his first piece for full orchestra “Terra Nocte”, which will be receiving its world premiere under his baton in May of 2017 with the Montgomery Philharmonic. Mr. Poelking is currently employed as an instrumental music teacher for Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland and spends considerable time composing and performing with accomplished ensembles in the Washington, D.C. area.