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Kevin Cummines,
M.A., M.F.A.

Adjunct Faculty of Music

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About Professor Cummines

Kevin Cummines is a composer, educator, organist/pianist and singer, with a diverse output ranging from electronic music to theatrical and film scores, commercial and experimental genres, for choral and instrumental platforms. Past residencies include EAMA (2014), Choral Chameleon Summer Institute (2013 & 2014), and Lynn Thomson’s “America-in-Play” (2007-2010). Recent commissions include “Three Works for James Adler” (Albany Records 2014, premiered 2015), Quiver (The Diatonix, 2016). Recent premiers include “Machinatery” (Con Vivo, 2017) and “Meta”
(Choral Chameleon, National Sawdust 2018). Film score works include “Our Last Day” (JSL Entertainment, 2012), and promotional video packages for the Dance for Film project (Nora Chipaumire/Peak Performances, 2016). Cummines is Organist and Music Director for Grace United Methodist Church (Wyckoff, NJ), former conductor of the Cali School New Music Ensemble (2014-2016), is Assistant Director of Con Vivo Music in Jersey City, and accepts freelance accompaniment work when time allows. He is also the developer and curator of The Music Ed Advocate (musicedadvocate.org), and is developing an alternative comprehensive Western music history text utilizing the protocols of the ethnomusicological approach. More

Cummines is a graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (BM Music Composition, BSOF Voice and Ethnomusicology), Rutgers University – Camden (MA Liberal Studies), New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts (MFA Musical Theatre Writing), and Montclair State University Cali School of Music (MA Music Composition). He is currently focusing on developing repertoire for under-served solo instruments and small ensembles, and is constantly seeking new performers to collaborate in the development of new works across media platforms and artistic skill sets. Future and current endeavors include
returning to narrative forms through developing new operatic works, as well as choral, electronic and musical theatre works. Cummines is a member of the Jersey City Arts Council’s Performing Arts Committee, through which he remains highly active with the local arts scene.

In his teaching work, Cummines believes deeply in using content to refine media literacy and cultural criticism skills, and in using history to illuminate the present. Cummines strives to aid students in learning to systematize their work load, and to refine their study habits and detail acuity. Most of all, he seeks to instill appreciation of foreign and historic musical worlds, through socio-cultural study and historic context.

Career & Accomplishments

Degrees

  • Rutgers University, M.A.

  • New York University Tisch School for the Arts, M.F.A.

  • Montclair State University Cali School of Music, M.A.

  • Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, B.M.

  • Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, BSOF

Awards

  • ASCAP Max Dreyfus

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