KEVIN POELKING, ’11
Bachelor of Music
Music Education and Performance Certificate in Percussion
With an increasing number of performances in both the United States and Europe, Kevin Poelking is an emerging American composer. After completing his Undergraduate Degree in Music Education and a Performer’s Certificate in Percussion at the University of South Carolina, Poelking began focusing more seriously on composing. It was during this time he began receiving world premieres from groups like the Passione String Quartet in Bucharest, Romania, the Academy of Voices in St. Paul, Minnesota, the University of Southern Mississippi Percussion Ensemble, the Emory Percussion Ensemble, and various community and student ensembles in France, Spain, and Northern Italy. In 2017, Poelking conducted the premiere of his composition Terra Nocte with the Montgomery Philharmonic.
Poelking received a Master of Music in Wind Conducting from Colorado State University where he studied with Rebecca Phillips (conducting) and with James. M. David (composition). During his studies at Colorado State University, he was awarded the Highest Achievement in Visual and Performing Arts at the 2018 Graduate Showcase for his piece Lucy for Brass Choir and Piano, and he was named 2019 Graduate Student of the Year by the School of Music, Theatre and Dance.
2019 has been a busy year for Poelking as he was invited to present at the 2019 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference on his presentation “Work-Life Balance: Helping Your Students by Helping Yourself”, he was a winner of the Dallas Winds Fanfare Competition and subsequently received a World Premiere performance in Myerson Concert Hall in November, and in July of 2019 he was selected from an international pool of applicants to rehearse and conduct The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in concert where he was awarded the band's medal "For Excellence" by leader and commander Col. Andrew Esch.
He currently lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with his wife, Caitlin, a respected physician assistant professionally recognized for her work in pediatrics and family health. You can read Poelking’s full biography here.