Kevin FitzgeraldMusic Director, Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra & Assistant Conductor, Alabama Symphony Orchestra
American conductor Kevin Fitzgerald serves as the Assistant Conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and the Music Director of the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra. Additionally, Kevin holds the position of Music Director of ÆPEX Contemporary Performance, a new music organization based in Michigan. A fierce advocate for contemporary music, Kevin founded ÆPEX Contemporary Performance in 2015 to promote the music of underrepresented and underperformed composers to audiences in Michigan.
In 2015, Kevin made his European debut with the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra in the culminating performance of their annual masterclass with Matthias Pintscher. Kevin has also appeared as a conductor at the Eastern Music Festival as a conducting fellow and participated in a masterclasses at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music with both Marin Alsop and Christian Măcelaru. Kevin participated in the 2018 Tanglewood Music Center Conducting Seminar and conducted in a masterclass with Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony.
Kevin is a frequent guest conductor at Manhattan School of Music. He has conducted repertoire classes for the Orchestral Performance Program and was the preparation conductor for Leonard Slatkin for MSM's April 2019 Centennial Gala Concert in Carnegie Hall. Kevin performed works of Bach, Stucky and Messiaen with the MSM Wind Ensemble.
Kevin believes that music is a vehicle for social change. In 2016, Kevin conducted an impromptu performance of Mozart’s Requiem Mass in D minor, K.626 dedicated to the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, FL. The event that became known as “Requiem for Orlando” attracted over 400 performing musicians and a full capacity audience in Ann Arbor’s Hill Auditorium: over 2,500 people. Kevin has conducted numerous other concerts benefiting humanitarian causes such as the International Rescue Committee, the refugee aid organization Freedom House Detroit, Physicians for the Prevention of Gun Violence and the Houston Area Women’s Shelter.
Kevin earned his BM in trumpet performance and music theory from the Eastman School of Music and his MM in orchestral conducting from the University of Michigan. His conducting teachers are Dr. Mark Scatterday, Brad Lubman and Kenneth Kiesler.