Conductor, Composer, Director Emeritus
Kevin McChesney graduated with highest honors from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a BMus in Composition and Theory. A composer and arranger of handbell music, Kevin currently has over 900 titles in print and is one of the very few musicians who makes handbells a full-time vocation. He has won numerous awards for his work, including winning American Guild of English Handbell Ringers Composition Contests and Jeffers Composer of the Year. Kevin is the handbell editor for Jeffers Handbell Supply and the RingingWord catalog. He is also co-founder of the Solo To Ensemble Project, STEP, http://www.sonologymusic.com. He is Music Director of the one of the premier handbell concert groups the Pikes Peak Ringers of Colorado Springs, and also the Artistic Advisor of the Atlanta Concert Ringers. His work with PPR includes the premiere, and 13 further performances of his Concerto for Handbell Choir and Orchestra, and a recording with world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma. He is in demand throughout the handbell world as a workshop clinician and festival conductor.
Kevin lives in Colorado Springs, CO, with his wife Tracy and their cats, Pearl and Aileen.