Bio

Updated June, 2019.

Kevin Weed
(714) 337-9874
Email: [email protected]

Kevin grew up in a musical family, started piano at 4, never stopped learning music, and is a very busy, full-time collaborative keyboard musician in Orange County, CA. His days are full of accompanying, coaching soloists for recitals, practicing, performing, recording, musical direction, masses, weddings, kirtan, bagpiping, composing, family, meditating, and a little gardening.

While I have been making a living as a pianist for choirs, conductor for musical theater, church organist, and bagpiper, composing great music is my favorite work.

To start with a blank page and write something inspiring, fun, exciting, interesting, wonderful, peaceful, thoughtful, and have someone agree with me, is an amazing process.

Composing is problem solving, puzzle solving, connecting diverse ideas, serving a higher self, loving God and my neighbor as myself.

Music justifies its existence only in the measure to which it instills harmony into the soul and aids it to comprehend the harmony of the universe. – Plato

Conductor/Music Director:

  • Corona Del Mar High School accompanist and music director 1990-present.
  • Musical director/conductor for over 50 productions with Newport Harbor High School’s drama dept , also choral pianist– 1986-2018
  • Musical Director for Arts and Learning Conservatory  2014-2017.
  • Pianist/Conductor for a complete recording “Godspell” pit orchestra tracks for a touring production.
  • Conductor for full orchestra productions of The Titanic, May 2011, and Disney’s Beauty And The Beast, May 2013 at Calvary Christian School, Downey; Kristi Goodner, director.
  • Assistant music director for Opera Pacific’s Opera Camp – 1998-2006
  • Mystery Café/The Gourmet Detective, also composer and pianist – 8 years
  • Our Lady Of Refuge Catholic Church Children’s Choir – 2001 -2004
  • Cor Marie Youth Choir – 2000-2002
  • Self Realization Fellowship Christmas Choir – 2010
  • Guest and substitute conductor for: the Madrigal choir at Corona Del Mar High School, Prelude String Orchestra, Garden Grove/Orange County Symphony, Orange County Catholic Chorale
  • Associate conductor, Garden Grove Symphony, 1998-2000

Pianist:

  • Voice adjudications and competitions SEP, NATS
  • Vocal studios of Kathleen Martin, Susan Wong, Nadia Smeltzer, Patrick Goeser, Janet Smith
  • Recitals with: Alyssa Wills, Nadia Smeltzer, Steven Humenski.
  • Ballet and modern dance classes and concerts – UCI, SAC, Cerritos College, Chapman University, West Coast Ballet Center
  • BonesWest – trombonist and pianist for BonesWest jazz trombone ensemble. – 4 years
  • Carden Hall – occasional concerts, musicals and graduations

Composer:

  • 14 Annual musicals and movies with the Da Vinci Academy at Newport Harbor High School
  • Old World Overture for the “All Beethoven” concert of The Orange County Catholic Chorale and Meistersingers, 2009
  • Rondo for Horn and Band for Pat Taylor and the Huntington Beach Concert Band
  • Mystery Café/The Gourmet Detective – Abracadaver, Nancy Hardy and the Riddle of the Sphinx, Death Under Cover
  • Harpsichord Concerto – for Corona Del Mar’s spring 2009 concert (Vivald’s Gloria)
  • Organ Concerto, and Antiphonal Sonata for Brass and Organ for a 2009 joint concert with Praise Symphony Orchestra, Our Lady of Refuge Church and OCAGO
  • Light Armour – 7 songs on the “light verse” of Richard Armour; for Judy Boland, Susan Junes and Sandy Bron, 2010
  • In 2008, Kevin composed a program of Music for Organ and Bagpipes. Kevin, playing the bagpipes with Larry Kolokowski, organist, performed the program at First Presbyterian Church, Garden Grove, CA, and in Escondido; both of these were for local American Guild of Organists chapters.

Organist:

  • St. Boniface Catholic Church, Anaheim – since Jan. 2010
  • Mission Basilica in San Juan Capistrano, 2017 – present
  • Self-Realization Fellowship in Fullerton, 2018 – present.
  • Our Lady Of Refuge Catholic Church, Long Beach – 1990-2008
  • La Purisima Catholic Church, Orange – 2008-2009
  • Studied organ with Dr. Thomas Harmon at UCLA 1980-1981
  • Annual Orange County Prayer Breakfast- 2007-2011 years
  • Sub-Dean for Orange County American Guild of Organists – 2 years

Pianist and Organist:

  • Studied organ with Dr. Thomas Harmon at UCLA 1980-1981
  • Cornelia Connelly High School– 2005-2011; Pianist for performances in The Riverside Church in New York, Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, Henry and Renee Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa
    • 2010 tour to England and Ireland:
      • Farm Street Church of the Immaculate Conception – London
      • Chapel at St. Leonards – Mayfield School – Mayfield
      • Great St. Mary’s Church/The University Church – Cambridge, organ
      • Warwick Castle – Warwick
      • Priory School – Birmingham
      • St. Patrick’s Cathedral – Dublin, organ
      • Saint Mary’s Pro-Cathedral – Dublin
      • Farmleigh House and Estate – Dublin
    • China in 2008 –Pianist for concerts in the Olympic Village, Beijing Central Conservatory, Xi’an Conservatory, Nanjing Art Institute, Hangzhou Zheizhang Concert Hall, Shanghai-China Welfare Institute Children’s Palace
    • Organist and pianist for catholic mass in Beijing and at Sacred Heart in Shanghai
    • New York in March 2007 – Organist for a concerts in St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Holy Trinity Church
    • Italy in 2006 – Organist for masses in Florence Duomo, St. Peter’s Rome, and Trinita di Monti. Organist for concerts in Chiesa Santa Maria in Valvendra, Lovere; Saints Giovanni et Poalo, Venice; Santa Maria dei Ricci, Florence
  • Meistersingers – since 2007
  • 2005 – Australian tour with Four Seasons Youth Orchestra and Chorale
    • Concerts in Sydney Opera House and Town Hall
    • Organist for a special recital at St. James Episcopal Church, King Street with violist Dr. Christine Placilla
  • Orange County Catholic Chorale – 3 years
  • William Lock’s The Musica Sacra Singers, also organist – 2009-2011
  • First Presbyterian Church, Garden Grove – guest organist/pianist.
  • Solo recitals at CSU Fullerton; Newport Harbor High School; First Presbyterian Church,Garden Grove; The Gem Theater; Our Lady Of Refuge Church, Newport Public Library

Bagpipes, penny whistle, Irish flute, harp:

  • Bagpipes for the film – “Battleship.”
  • Bagpiper for OCMCO concerts and Christmas CD.
  • Recorded on Highland Bagpipes: “Rhythm of My Heart,” Rod Stewart; “Tubular bells 2,” Mike Oldfield
  • Member of The Irish Band, Innisfree – Three tours to American military bases in Okinawa and Japan
  • Member of the band “Tradition”- winners of Best Band at Topanga Banjo/Fiddle Contest, and First Place Long Beach Blue Grass Festival
  • The Irish Band, Innisfree – Three tours to American military bases in Okinawa and Japan
  • Winner in Scottish Highland Bagpipe competitions:
    • The MacCrimmon Quaich, Santa Rosa
    • Southern California Piping Championship in Costa Mesa
    • 3rd Place in open piobaireachd at Pleaseanton
  • Toured and competed with the pipe bands: Cabar Feidh, the Gordon Greys, LAPD, BeachCities Pipe Band
  • “Brigadoon”: Musical Theater West, Chapman University, Downey CLO, Buena Park CLO, Irvine HS, Mission Viejo HS
  • Penny Whistle player with Celtic Harper, Dennis Doyle on his recording,“Irish Blessings”

Recordings:

“How Can I Keep From Singing” – Alyssa Wills, soprano; Kevin Weed, piano.

“Droplets” – Solo piano tracks for the play “The Diviners” by Jim Leonard.