Kevin McFadden, PhD received his doctoral degree in composition at the University at Buffalo. For the last seven years he has been working as a dance accompanist, improvising on piano and/or drums for both modern and ballet classes. In this capacity he has accompanied dance classes at SUNY Buffalo, Kenyon College, Florida State, Nichols School and Buffalo Contemporary Dance. Compositionally, his interest lies in filtering the influence of contemporary European composers through a distinctly American perspective. Kevin received his MM from Florida State University and his BA from Kenyon College, where he majored in music and English.