Dr. Kevin Fenton, conductor and artistic director of the Festival Singers of Florida, is professor of choral conducting and ensembles at Florida State University where he has served since 2000. He holds the Ph.D. from Florida State University, the M.M. from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri in Kansas City and the B.M.E. from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas.
His prior appointments include Director of Choral Activities at James Madison University and Virginia Tech. On nine occasions, he has conducted ensembles in performances for regional and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). His positive approach to choral conducting brought Dr. Fenton the opportunity to serve as a clinician for numerous workshops, honor choirs, and clinics in 26 states throughout the country, In 2007, he conducted the Beijing International Choral Festival Choir with China’s People’s Liberation Orchestra as a part of China’s Choral Conductors’ Meeting.
Dr. Fenton’s book Foundations of Choral Conducting is used by over 20 universities in America for use in beginning conducting and methods courses. Dr. Fenton has also published articles in the Choral Journal, the Music Educators Journal, and the Bulletin for Historical Research in Music Education. He received the Music Professor of the Year award from the Gamma Mu Chapter of Delta Omicron, an international music fraternity, and he has been nominated for a Teaching Award for Excellence at Florida State University for the past six years.
Dr. Fenton served as national chair of the ACDA College/University Repertoire and Standards Committee for four years and currently is president of the Florida chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.