Bloomington Native Performing in Euphonium Quartet
Sept. 9, 2014
The North Texas Euphonium Quartet, which features Bloomington-Normal native Vince Kenney, will present a guest recital
at Illinois Wesleyan. The quartet will perform Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Westbrook
Auditorium of Presser Hall.
Ensemble members are University of North Texas (UNT) doctoral candidates studying
under Brian Bowman at UNT College of Music. Members include Kenney, Irving Ray, Danny
Chapa and Chris McGinty.
As individual artists, members of the quartet have earned master’s degrees at UNT
and performed at national and international competitions and conferences. Prior to
his doctoral-level studies, Kenney graduated from Normal West High School and earned
his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. His most
influential teachers include Mark Moore, Bowman and Ed Risinger, a professor of music
at Illinois Wesleyan. Kenney studied under Risinger for six years while attending
junior high and high school.
Formed in 2012, the quartet is an active young chamber ensemble that is dedicated
to the advancement of the euphonium. Risinger, who has seen the quartet perform multiple
times, said they are “absolutely amazing.” In addition to performing at universities
across the United States, The North Texas Euphonium Quartet has commissioned and performed
works written specifically for the ensemble and promoted educational outreach with
younger euphonium players.