Works for Winds
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"
Above the Clouds (2014)
Full Band (4 percussion + timpani)
Chamber Winds Project
2 tpt. 2 hn. 2 tbn. 1 euph. 1 tba. 2 perc.
Embers in the Black (2018)
1 picc. 1 fl. 2 Bb cl. 1 bass cl. 1 cb cl. 3 perc.
Fanfare for a New Day (2018)
6 tpt. 4 hn. 3 tbn. 2 euph. 2 tba. 3 perc + timp.
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.
4 hn. 3 tpt. 3 tbn. 1 tba. 2 perc + timp.
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
Works for Orchestra/ Strings
Full String Orchestra/ Chamber String Orchestra
Commissioned by the Cherry Creek School District Honors Orchestra
Stronger Together (2019)
Grade 1-1.5 String Orchestra with optional piano and percussion
Terra Nocte (2016)
126.96.36.199. - 188.8.131.52 - timp. 2+ perc. pno. hp. - strings
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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.