Bio

Updated December, 2014.

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

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:

  • Musical Director for Arts and Learning Conservatory since May 2014.
  • Pianist/Conductor for a complete recording “Godspell” pit orchestra tracks for a touring production.
  • Musical director/conductor for over 50 productions with Newport Harbor High School’s drama dept , also choral pianist– since 1986.
  • Corona Del Mar High School accompanist and music director since 1990.
  • 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

Composer:

  • Composer of incidental music for “Shakespeare On The Harbor”, November 2014.
  • 15 years composer/arranger (also percussionist, pianist and librarian) for the Garden Grove/Orange County Symphony:
  • 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.

Pianist and Organist:

  • 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
  • St. Boniface Catholic Church, Anaheim, also pianist – since Jan. 2009
  • 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
  • Our Lady Of Refuge Catholic Church, Long Beach – 1990-2007
  • La Purisima Catholic Church, Orange – 2007-2008
  • 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

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

Organist:

  • Annual Orange County Prayer Breakfast- 2007-2011 years
  • Sub-Dean for Orange County American Guild of Organists – 2 years

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.