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Kim Portnoy

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Kim Portnoy

Biography

Kim Portnoy (b. 10 June 1954) is a composer, arranger, educator, and jazz pianist.

Portnoy is recognized as a versatile composer in classical and jazz idioms. His compositions have been featured nationally and internationally at the Eastman Summer Trombone Institute in Rochester, New York; the Choral Music Experience Institute in Arvika, Sweden; the Guitar Foundation of America Conference at Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio and two International Association of Jazz Educator’s conferences: New Orleans and Atlanta.

Kim received an artist fellowship from the Regional Arts Commission for 2018. He is the recipient of two Fiscal Year Creative Artist Project Awards from the Missouri Arts Council and a grant from the Thomas Talbert Foundation. He has received commissions from the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America, the piano team Duo Albireo, The Original Boneheads trombone quartet, The Missouri Music Teacher’s Association, the St. Louis Children’s Choirs and the McDonnell Planetarium.

In 1986 Mr. Portnoy joined the faculty of Webster University (St. Louis, Mo.) as a lecturer in music. He was appointed as an instructor in the music department in 1988 and promoted to assistant professor in 1992, then to associate professor. His current [2021] teaching duties include jazz improvisation, jazz scoring and arranging, orchestration, and composition.


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