Kevin McBrien is an MA/Ph.D. candidate in Musicology at UC Santa Barbara. His current research interests include public musicology, concert programming and audience engagement practices, émigré musicians in 1930s/40s Los Angeles, and American musical theater.
In 2015, Kevin graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a B.M. in Music History & Literature. His senior thesis, completed under the supervision of Dr. Kristine Forney and Dr. Roger Hickman, examined archival materials relating to Richard Addinsell’s score for the 1939 film Goodbye, Mr. Chips. Kevin spent the summer of 2015 working in the Music Division of the Library of Congress, where he organized and archived twentieth-century publicity photographs of performers, composers, and conductors as part of the Library’s Junior Fellows program.
Kevin is also an avid program and liner note annotator. He most recently contributed liner notes for Chavdar Parashkevov and Natasha Kislenko’s CD Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler: Works for Violin and Piano. Additionally, in the summer of 2018, he worked as the Assistant Program Book Editor at the Aspen Music Festival and School.
On the side, Kevin is an experienced horn player, and he enjoys attending concerts and curating a classical music blog.