Kevin McBrien is a PhD candidate in musicology at UC Santa Barbara, having earned his master’s degree in the subject at UCSB in spring 2019. His current research interests include public musicology, émigré musicians in 1930s–40s Los Angeles, concert programming, audience engagement practices, and American musical theater.
In 2015, Kevin graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a bachelor’s degree 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 a program note annotator, liner note author, and pre-concert lecturer. 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 summers of 2018 and 2019, he worked as the Assistant Program Book Editor at the Aspen Music Festival and School.
On the side, Kevin is a horn player and enjoys attending concerts and curating a classical music blog.