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Nick Kmet

Majors: Music - Composition
Current Position: Kmet is a composer, music editor, sound designer and scholar in New York City. He earned a master of music degree in composition from the screen scoring program at New York University, where he is now pursuing a Ph.D. in composition and teaching as an adjunct professor.

Why Whitworth? "I was completely certain that I was going to study jazz performance. That was my biggest focus in high school and what I enjoyed the most in school at the time, and Whitworth had (and still has) a killer jazz band and great faculty in that area."

Whitworth Activities: "I spent most of my time focused on music and music activities. I played in a lot of ensembles, including the jazz band, wind symphony, saxophone quartet and various jazz combos."

Influential Whitworth Professors: "Having teachers like Brent Edstrom, who are open and excited about students using cutting-edge technology and techniques to further their study of music, is irreplaceable. Brent pushed me to try things that a lot of composition faculty at other schools simply wouldn't, and that's a direct result of his varied background and experiences. From an academic standpoint, nothing prepared me more for my master's degree (and, frankly, my Ph.D.) than Richard Strauch's music history courses. He taught them as if they were graduate-level courses, and they were quite challenging."

Influential Whitworth Experience:"My junior year I submitted an original piece for orchestra as part of the yearly concerto competition, and was fortunate enough to have it selected to be performed by the orchestra. That was an amazing experience – I don't know that there's a better experience for a composer than to have an ensemble perform something of theirs live. That it was an orchestra was like a cherry on top. That's just something most people, and most composition students, will never get to experience."

Other Recent Alums

  • Ben Barker teaches high school and middle school band in Enumclaw School District.
  • MacKenzie Covington is the operations manager at Warren Lex LLP, a law firm in San Francisco, and is on the Vanguard Advisory Council for the Global Fund for Women. She earned a master's degree in music (vocal performance) from Louisiana State University.
  • Ryan Worthington is a Marine musician with the United States Marine Corps.
  • Denin Koch is working toward a master of music degree at Eastman School of Music, where he received a jazz assistantship. He is also a freelance musician and private guitar teacher.