Kevin Whalen is Director of Jazz Studies and Associate Professor of Music in the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University. Dr. Whalen directs the Schwob Jazz Orchestra and the Schwob Jazz Quintet, and he oversees the curriculum of the CSU Jazz Studies Program, teaching courses in jazz improvisation and theory, jazz history, jazz arranging, and jazz pedagogy.
Whalen has performed throughout the United States and Canada as the jazz trumpet chair of The Glenn Miller Orchestra, toured Romania as a guest faculty soloist with the University of Northern Colorado Jazz Studies Program, and held a jazz trumpet chair with the Grammy-nominated University of North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band, touring Ireland and England, performing at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, performing with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, and appearing on Lab 2011 with the ensemble. He has appeared on 23 commercially available albums in both jazz and classical idioms, including Static Line with the Ninth & Lincoln Orchestra featuring Cuong Vu, What Did You Dream? with the Dan Gailey Orchestra, and Volumes 8 and 9 of Teaching Music Through Performance in Band with the North Texas Wind Symphony under the direction of Eugene Corporon. Most recently, he produced Another Reason to Celebrate: The Music of Don Pullen by the Virginia Tech Jazz Ensemble with D.D. Jackson. Whalen was twice selected as a finalist in the Jazz Division of the National Trumpet Competition.
An active educator, Dr. Whalen has presented research and master classes at international conferences, including the Jazz Education Network Annual Conference, the Annual Conference of the International Trumpet Guild, the International Conference on the Blues, the International Music by Women Festival, and the Conference on the Harlem Renaissance, and at universities throughout the country, including the Eastman School of Music, Ithaca College, the University of North Texas, Gonzaga University, the University of Wyoming, Colorado State University, the University of Northern Colorado, and Virginia Tech. His students have won positions in the Disney All-American Band, the UNT One O'Clock Lab Band, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Eastman Jazz Ensemble, the National Trumpet Competition, and the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition.
Prior to joining the Schwob School of Music, Whalen taught on the faculty of the University of Northern Colorado as Instructor of Jazz Trumpet while also serving as the Managing Producer of the UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival, Co-Director and faculty at the UNC Jazz Camp, and manager of the UNC Sunset Jazz Artist Series.
Whalen received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in trumpet performance from the University of North Texas where he served on the faculty of the College of Music as a Teaching Fellow. He holds a Master of Music degree in jazz studies from the University of Northern Colorado and a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Colorado State University.