Kevin Wilt (b. 1984) composes music that balances sophistication with accessibility, and experimentation with solid craftsmanship. Composer John Corigliano praised its expert orchestration and beautiful writing, while the Bloomington Herald writes, “It has a keen sense of mood and tonal balance.” Wilt’s music has been performed throughout the world by beginning musicians up to professionals of the highest caliber.
Kevin recently won the Fresh Squeezed Opera Call for Scores with his chamber opera, Prix Fixe, libretto by Caitlin Vincent. He was awarded a grant by the Atlantic Coast Conference Band Directors Association to create Urban Impressions, a multi-movement work for large wind ensemble. He was a finalist for the Symphony Number One Call for Scores 3, the ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennel Prize, the American Prize in both the band and chamber music categories, and in the Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble Composers Search, and was awarded second place in both the Van Galen Prize and SHUFFLE Concert Competitions. He has been a semifinalist in the Midwest division of the Rapido! composition contest, resulting in a world premiere performance of Elemental Dances by the Fifth House Ensemble. Other recent performances include those by wind ensembles and orchestras from such institutions as the University of Texas at Austin, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, University of Kansas, Michigan State University, and the Metropolitan Wind Symphony, as well as a reading of Song of the Phoenix by Maestro Leonard Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
Wilt is equally at home composing for film and television, providing scores for many locally-produced films, earning him a Michigan Emmy® Award Nomination for Best Musical Composition. Other projects include The Wars of Other Men, recorded at Aashrum Studios in Metro Detroit, and a score for string quartet for the short film Renegade, Jonathan West, director. His music was also recorded by members of the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra as part of the NYU/ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop.
Kevin holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Composition from Michigan State University, where he studied with Ricardo Lorenz. He completed his Masters Degree in Music Composition at MSU, working with Jere Hutcheson and Charles Ruggiero, and his Bachelors Degree in Music Composition and Theory from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, where he studied with James Hartway. He is an Assistant Professor of Music and Composer-in-Residence at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. His works are published by Whistling Vine Music.