Kevin Schempf is Associate Professor of Clarinet at Bowling Green State University and is active as a soloist, chamber and symphony musician. After graduating from the Interlochen Arts Academy and the Eastman School of Music, he performed with the United States Coast Guard Band and toured with them throughout the United States and to St. Petersburg, Russia. A frequent soloist with the Band, he was featured on NPR broadcasts and on their 75th Anniversary CD Recording. He was on the faculty at Connecticut College and performed with the New London Contemporary Ensemble. He has also taught at Wesleyan University where he played with the New World Consort, which gave regular concerts throughout Connecticut, in New York City, and at the Kennedy Center.
Schempf played Second and Eb clarinet with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra for nine years, appearing as a concerto soloist on several occasions. He has also performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Lima Symphony, and the Toledo Symphony. Chamber music engagements include performing with the Ying Quartet, concerts and a CD recording with the Society for New Music in Syracuse, New York, appearances at the Skaneanteles Festival, and with the Wall Street Chamber Players. He has recently appeared with TILT Dance Company in Hawaii, fEARnoMUSIC in Portland, CrossSound in Juneau, NOVA in Salt Lake City, and last year with the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival. He was also the solo clarinetist with the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble from 2003-2008 and Brave New Works from 2007-2009.
He has performed in Canada, Germany, Russia, Sweden, and the Netherlands. CD recordings include the premiere recording of Stephen Albert’s Wind Canticle with the Bowling Green Philharmonia, Appalachian Spring with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Drunken Moon/Night Music and against the emptiness with the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble and The Toledo Clarinets.