Kevin             Poelking

Composer, conductor, and educator

"To share and celebrate the intangible power of music, and the community that it creates."

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Works for Winds


Rise (2020)

Commissioned by the Elon University "Phoenix Winds" and Dr. Jonathan Poquette

Concert Band (4 percussion) 

Duration: ca. 7" 30"

An attainable, Grade 3-4 piece with plenty of doublings that will assist any group, especially those with stronger brass sections. Opportunities for expressive playing, color, and rhythmic precision.

By the Hands That Reach Us (2019)

Wind Symphony (7 percussion)

Duration: ca. 8' 40"

By the Hands That Reach Us - (LIVE)
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Above the Clouds (2014)

Full Band (4 percussion + timpani)

Duration: 7'​

Chamber Winds Project

Slate (for chamber brass and percussion) (2019)

2 tpt. 2 hn. 2 tbn. 1 euph. 1 tba. 2 perc.

Duration: 5'

Slate - (MIDI)
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Embers in the Black (2018)

1 picc. 1 fl. 2 Bb cl. 1 bass cl. 1 cb cl. 3 perc.

Duration: 8'

Embers in the Black - (LIVE)
00:00 / 00:00

Fanfare for a New Day (2018)

2019-2020 Dallas Winds Fanfare Competition Winner

6 tpt. 4 hn. 3 tbn. 2 euph. 2 tba. 3 perc + timp.

Duration: 3'

Fanfare for a New Day - (MIDI)
00:00 / 00:00

Lucy (for brass choir and piano) (arr. 2018)

"Highest Achievement in the Visual and Performing Arts"-2018

2tpt. 2hn. 3 tbn. 1 euph. 1 tba. pno.

Duration: 5:30

Lucy for Brass Choir - (LIVE)
00:00 / 00:00

Fanfare for Brass and Percussion (2015)

4 hn. 3 tpt. 3 tbn. 1 tba. 2 perc + timp.

Duration: 3'

Solo/ Small Chamber Groups

There and Back (2020)-Coming soon!

Solo bassoon and piano

Commissioned by Laura Bennett Cameron, Principal Bassoon Dallas Winds and UT-Arlington

Duration: 8'

Cassini (2019)

Solo Trumpet, piano and percussion

Commissioned by Stanley Curtis, Prof. of Trumpet- Colorado State U/ Former U.S. Navy Band

Duration: 10' (three movements)


Works for Orchestra/ Strings

Gradients (2019)

Full String Orchestra/ Chamber String Orchestra

Commissioned by the Cherry Creek School District Honors Orchestra

Duration: 5:30

Gradients - (MIDI)
00:00 / 00:00
Stronger Together - (LIVE)
00:00 / 00:00

Stronger Together (2019)

Grade 1-1.5 String Orchestra with optional piano and percussion

Duration: 3'

Terra Nocte (2016)

2019-2020 Minot Symphony Orchestra Young Composers Competition Winner

Symphony Orchestra - - timp. 2+ perc. pno. hp. - strings 

Duration: 8'

Scratch (2014)

String Quartet

Duration: 1'


Works for Voice

Lucy (2014)

SATB Choir and Piano

Duration: 5'


Works for Percussion

Late October (2015)

7 or more percussionists on keyboard instruments

Duration: 5-6'

Stoolz you guyz (2014)

4 or more percussionists with stools

Duration: 3'

Zahvalnost (2012)

Solo marimba (4.3 octave)

Duration: 5'

Basswood (2011)

5 percussionists-features solo marimba

Duration: 7'



Use the form below or email me at if you are interested in a piece specifically written for you, or your professional/community/academic ensemble. Commissions can come with strict guidelines or very few at all. This form is just a good way to start to the process.

I am almost always able to accommodate requests for video calls during school hours with students as part of a commissioning project.

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"...Kevin is not only an already seasoned composer, but he is a marvelous conductor..."

- Carter Pann, Composer, Pulitzer-Prize Finalist

With a growing number of premieres in the United States and Europe, Kevin Poelking is an emerging American composer. His music has been performed by the Dallas Winds, multiple European groups, and ensembles at major American universities including Colorado State University, Oregon State University, The University of Akron, The University of Southern Mississippi, and Emory University in Atlanta. He is a regularly commissioned composer in his home state of Colorado and beyond.  

Poelking is an accomplished conductor. He has conducted and rehearsed opera, symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles, and wind bands, including the United States Army Band "Pershing's Own." 

Poelking studied percussion and music education at the University of South Carolina before obtaining a Master of Music in Wind Conducting with Dr. Rebecca Phillips. The limited variety of repertoire he encountered while programming for his conducting recital gave birth to The Chamber Winds Project.


His composition teachers include award-winning composer Dr. James M. David and Pulitzer Prize-Nominated composer Dr. Carter Pann.