UW-Eau Claire Alumni

President's Award
2015 Recipients

President's Award: Recognizes outstanding professional and personal achievements and service to UW-Eau Claire.


Kevin Kjos
Kevin Kjos

Dr. Kevin Kjos, '89, bachelor's degree in music;'91, master's degree in music 

Dr. Kjos currently serves as director of Jazz Studies and professor of trumpet at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, positions he's held for 17 years. As director of Jazz Studies, he has created the Jazz Masters Series, a clinician series that has featured some of the best performers in the world. He also created the Jazz Outreach series that invites high school and junior high jazz ensembles to the campus for a day of clinics by the university's jazz faculty and students.  

He's the founder and director of the Minneapolis-based Cedar Avenue Big Band and the Sound Exploration Ensemble, a music group in which he performed and composed. He also is the author of "Teaching through Imitation, a Jazz Ensemble Guide" and "Reflections on the Teaching of William Adam." 

View the list of past recipients of this award.