Kevin McKeown, B.A. -' Music Education, M.M. -' Conducting, University of California, Los Angeles. K-12 Teaching Credential -' California State University, Los Angeles.
Kevin McKeown is Director of Bands at Santa Monica High School, where over 300 students participate in one of five concert bands, two jazz bands, piano, winter guard, and the Samohi "Viking" Marching Band. The ensembles at Samohi have consistently received high ratings at adjudicated festivals and have been recognized at the state and national level. Under his direction, the ensembles have performed at Chicago Symphony Center, Green Music Center (Sonoma State University), Eli and Edythe Broad Stage, Carnegie Hall, and at the 2016 California All-State Music Education Conference (CASMEC), the only high school wind ensemble in the state to receive this recognition and invitation. The Samohi "Viking" Marching Band have been an SCSBOA Marching Band Championship Finalist every year since his tenure and have received tournament 1st place and sweepstakes awards under his direction.
Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Kevin McKeown grew up in Santa Monica and later attended UCLA (B.A '98, M.M. '00). He was a four year Drum Major of the "Sold Gold Sound" UCLA Marching Band, and a Graduate Associate Conductor of the UCLA Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band. He also has done doctoral level work at UCLA and holds a teaching credential certificate from Cal State Los Angeles. Prior to joining the faculty of Santa Monica High School, Mr. McKeown taught music at the elementary level for the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School district, at John Adams Middle School, and the Santa Monica Alternative School House (SMASH). Former teaching/music positions include Cal State Northridge, Cal State Los Angeles, and Long Beach City College.
Kevin McKeown is currently the conductor of Wind Ensembles at the University of California, Irvine and Santa Monica College. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education, California Band Directors Association (CBDA), Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA), World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE), and the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA). He is a promoter of new music for the wind band, having commissioned and collaborated on numerous projects featuring local composers, and is an active adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor throughout California. During his free time he enjoys playing golf, and is thankful for the support of his wife and son, Connor.
Angela Woo is Director of Instrumental Music and Chair of the Department of Visual and
Performing Arts at John Adams Middle School in Santa Monica, California where over
400 students are enrolled in one of four concert bands or four string orchestras. The
John Adams ensembles have consistently earned the highest possible ratings at
performance festivals, and in 2011, the John Adams Middle School Wind Ensemble was
selected to perform at the California All-State Music Education Convention as the only
middle school concert band in the state to be so honored.
An alumna of the University of California, Los Angeles, Ms. Woo holds the degrees
Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and Piano Performance, the Master of Education,
and the Master of Fine Arts in Conducting. She also holds the Master of Arts in
Educational Administration from California State University, Northridge. Prior to her
appointment to John Adams in 1995, Ms. Woo was Director of Music at Corona del Mar
High School and served as Director of Bands at Santa Monica College.
Ms. Woo first earned international acclaim as a conductor in Mexico City, where she
was the first woman conductor to present premiere performances of the music of Karel
Husa and Vincent Persichetti as well as being associate conductor for the music of
George Crumb and William Schuman at the XIV New Music Forum, directed by Manuel
Enriquez, Mexico's leading composer at the time.
Ms. Woo enjoys an active schedule as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator with
numerous honor groups, conducting symposia, and music festivals throughout the
country. Her guest conducting invitations have included the 2004 Kentucky All-State
High School Concert Band, the 2007 Oregon All-State Middle School Band, and most
recently, Ms. Woo conducted the 2014 California All-State Jr. High Concert Band. In
2005, Ms. Woo was honored with the special invitation to be the inaugural conductor of
the University of Colorado's first Middle School Honor Band. In addition, she served as
a conducting clinician with the Florida International University Conducting Symposium
from 2003 -' 2007. She has been invited by local universities as well as those around the
country to lead professional development workshops for music educators at both the
middle school and high school levels.
In 2005, Ms. Woo was recognized by the Santa Monica Rotary Club as the Santa MonicaMalibu District Teacher of the Year. She was honored at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic as a 2012 Legion of Honor Laureate by the John Philip Sousa National Foundation.