Kevin Kehrberg teaches courses and ensembles in American music and world music. He is the director of the Warren Wilson College Gamelan Ensemble as well as the College Chorale, and he also teaches private lessons in double bass, electric bass and guitar. He received a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Kentucky with a dissertation on Albert E. Brumley, the most influential American gospel song composer of the twentieth century. His research interests include American vernacular sacred music, bluegrass and old-time music, jazz, and music traditions of East and Southeast Asia. His publications include articles for The Bulletin for the Society of American Music, Moonshiner Bluegrass Journal, and forthcoming articles in the Grove Dictionary of American Music (2d ed.) and the Encyclopedia of American Music and Culture (ABC-CLIO). As a professional bassist in both jazz and traditional music, Dr. Kehrberg has toured the United States, Canada, and Japan, and his recordings and appearances include Jean Ritchie, Curly Seckler, Lee Sexton, Art Stamper, Slide Hampton, Roger Humphries, the Kentucky Jazz Repertory Orchestra, David Long, Rayna Gellert, the Red State Ramblers, Chris Sharp, and the Wildwood Valley Boys. He also studies and performs music from other cultures, particularly those of Indonesia, China, and Thailand. He especially enjoys working at Warren Wilson College, which he finds to be a perfect environment for his mix of musical interests.
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