Kenneth Bean is an instructor and conductor in the Philadelphia area, as well as an active freelance trumpeter. He earned a Bachelor of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music Education from Jackson State University. He has taught at many festivals and schools, including The School District of Philadelphia, St. Francis de Sales School, The Premier Orchestral Institute of the Mississippi Symphony, Luzerne Music Center and Kinhaven Music School where he currently teaches trumpet and serves as Conductor of Chorus and Orchestra for Junior Session.
In Kenneth’s conducting experience, he was the Associate Conductor of Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and served as substitute conductor for Mississippi Youth Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Conductor for the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra and the Junior String Philharmonic of the Lehigh Valley. Currently, he serves as Music Director/Conductor of the Young People’s Philharmonic of the Lehigh Valley and Conductor of the Philadelphia Young Musicians Orchestra. Kenny also serves as the Assistant Conductor of Symphony in C, is Co-Director of Symphony in C’s Summer Music Camp and is Music Director of Symphony in C’s Youth Orchestra.
As a trumpeter, Kenny is currently a member of the Philadelphia Chamber Brass and Philos Brass Ensemble. He has appeared with numerous ensembles, including Mannheim Steamroller, Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra and as a soloist with Asociación Filarmónica Coral de Honduras. He can be heard on recordings with Symphony in C, the Monocacy Chamber Orchestra and hip-hop artist Thee Phantom & the Illharmonic Orchestra.