Assistant Professor of Music
Associate Director of Bands
Ralph Center for the Arts
Kevin M. Callihan is currently Associate Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at Kentucky Wesleyan College, where he assists with coordinating and directing the instrumental program. He conducts the wind ensemble and symphonic band and teaches composition, applied trombone, tuba, and euphonium. In addition, he assists with conducting, music theory and instrumental education courses. Callihan is also the associate director of the River Brass Band located in Newburgh, IN.
Previously, Callihan was Director of Bands at Apollo High School in Owensboro, KY. He directed and coordinated the program, and conducted the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Percussion Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Band, and Jazz Band. Under his leadership, the band program doubled in size and the number of all-district, clinic band, and all-state students increased dramatically. During his tenure, the marching bands received their only two invitations in school history to state semifinals in class 5A and the concert bands received all distinguished ratings at the regional and state levels performing grade V and VI literature. Prior to his appointment at Apollo High School, Callihan was an Associate Director of Athletic Bands where he conducted the Northwestern University Basketball Band.
He received his B.M.E. degree (Summa Cum Laude and Valedictorian) in Music Education from Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky and M.M. degree in Music Performance and M.M.E. degree in Music Education with an emphasis in Instrumental Conducting (Summa Cum Laude) from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
Mr. Callihan was a recipient of the Russell V. and Hazel B. Morgan Scholarship at Northwestern University, the National Robert Hawkins Memorial Scholarship via the John Philip Sousa Foundation, the Theodore Presser Undergraduate Scholar, 2010 Gallaher Performance Competition winner, Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Music, and Raymond P. Ross, Sr. Memorial Award at Morehead State University. As a recipient of three research/creative fellowships at Morehead State University, Callihan provided new repertoire to faculty and student ensembles through his New Concert Transcriptions, Arrangements, and Compositions for Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble, Brass Choir, and Wind Band. As a graduate assistant at Northwestern University, he contributed to research in music education through his work titled, “The Parental Influence on Recruitment and Retention in Middle School Music Ensembles.”
As a performer, Callihan has performed as a soloist and member of the John Philip Sousa International Band, the Evansville Symphonic Band, the Bend in the River Brass Band, the University of Louisville Symphony Orchestra, Sacred Winds, and several high school and middle school ensembles in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, and Illinois. Callihan was also a finalist in auditions for positions in the United States Air Force Band and the United States Navy Band. In addition, he has performed as trombonist with the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, Louisville Symphony Orchestra, Rockport Symphony Orchestra, Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, and the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra Second Street Jazz Band and Brass Quintet. Teachers include Mallory Thompson, Richard Miles, Michael Mulcahy, Jeanie Lee, William Mann, Rex Martin, and Stacy Baker. Mr. Callihan is an active member of the National Association for Music Educators, Kentucky Music Educators Association, International Tuba Euphonium Association, and the International Trombone Association.