Guitarist and composer Kevin McCormick has studied and performed in Europe, Asia, and the United States. He holds a Diploma in Guitar Performance from the Indiana University School of Music where he studied classical guitar under the tutelage of Ernesto Bitetti, composition with Don Freund, and jazz with David Baker. He earned a degree in English from the University of Notre Dame with a concentration in poetry. Additional guitar studies were with Sergio Notaro at Centro Romano della Chitarra in Rome, Italy. His time in Japan included performances with a traditional Japanese ensemble. His compositions range from solo and chamber guitar pieces to experimental rock and jazz works to a symphonic poem and a complete mass. Since 1994 he has taught guitar privately and at schools and universities. In 1999 he opened Mirabilis Studio for Guitar in Kerrville, Texas where he resides.
He has performed throughout the United States as a solo artist, as an accompanist, and with his own group, the Kevin McCormick Ensemble. He has worked with soprano Ava Pine, the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio, the Symphony of the Hills, the Schreiner University choirs, the San Antonio Master Singers and other fine soloists & ensembles. He has received awards from the Guitar Foundation of America and the Academy of American Poets and has been a guest lecturer at the Hillsdale College and Univeristy of Texas at Austin. In April 2011 he premiered his composition “Soleares” for guitar and orchestra with the Symphony of the Hills. His Magnificat (for guitar and SATB Choir) was commissioned for the 30th anniversary season of the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio and premiered in November 2013.
McCormick has released six full-length recordings include original song cycles, solo guitar, and guitar and voice. On, Songs of the Martin (2009), he performs on an 1840’s Martin classical guitar and includes two centuries of music spanning the life of the instrument. In 2020 he contributed to an international recording project, The Bardic Depths, with other renowned collaborators.