Bryan Kennard, baroque flute (traverso)
Bryan relocated to Austin, Texas from Cleveland, Ohio. While living in Ohio, he played flute regularly with jazz, bluegrass, and chamber groups. He served as Instructor of Flute and Jazz Improvisation at Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio. He has played on classical programs for the Greater Cleveland Flute Society in Cleveland and Chicago, regular solo and chamber recitals, and concerts for the Cleveland Composers Guild which have also be broadcast on Cleveland’s WCLV public radio.
In Austin, Bryan has performed widely with a variety of ensembles. His Austin Flute Project is expanding and promoting original music, contemporary compositions, and the capabilities of flute trios and quartets. He regularly performs in and writes for small jazz groups throughout Central Texas. He occasionally sets aside the metal flute and picks up a traverso to perform with Settecento, the Austin Baroque Orchestra.
As a composer, his compositions include jazz charts for small groups and big band, works for solo instruments and mixed chamber ensembles, and pieces for flute ensembles. In August 2011, his composition, The Ascent, was performed by the National Flute Association’s Jazz Flute Big Band. Bryan had the honor of directing the ensemble for this performance.
Currently, Bryan serves as Adjunct Professor of Flute at Concordia University in Austin, and teaches flute and music theory throughout Austin and at the Clavier-Werke School of Music in West Lake Hills. He has performed and recorded with several groups and individuals in around Cleveland and Austin. He studied flute, jazz, and composition at Mercyhurst College (BM) and Youngstown State University (MM).