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John Kennedy – String Orchestra

String Orchestra Director John Kennedy is excited to return for his sixteenth year with the Oakland Youth Orchestras. A 27-year veteran public school orchestra teacher, he teaches at Farmington North Farmington High School and Dunckel Middle School. Previously taught in Detroit, Chelsea and Iowa City, IA. In 2005, he was nominated for Orchestra Teacher of the Year for the state of Michigan.

In addition to his teaching and conducting, Mr. Kennedy is nationally recognized as a bassist, clinician and teacher of young string bassists. He is Past-President and member of the board of the International Society of Bassists, the largest worldwide organization dedicated to the upright bass. He is also a regular clinician at the Golden Gate Bass Camp, the Richard Davis Workshop in Madison, Wisconsin, the Michigan Bass Fest, the Oberlin Bass Workshop and the Milt Hinton Bass Workshop. Mr. Kennedy is Principal Bass of the Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra and a regular performer with many local and regional orchestras. He was formerly Associate Principal Bass of the Honolulu Symphony, and has performed with the Detroit, Ann Arbor, Flint, Toledo, Kalamazoo, New Mexico, and Cedar Rapids symphonies.

As a composer and arranger, John has written dozens of works, both arrangements and original compositions, for young bass ensembles and for youth orchestras. He holds his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in String Bass Performance from the University of Michigan.