Monday, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra announced Kevin Sells as the new Youth Ensemble Coordinator.
Sells is a trumpet instructor in the QCSO private lesson program and is currently working toward his doctorate in trumpet performance and pedagogy at the University of Iowa.
The announcement of the part-time coordinator position follows the appointment in May of Chelsea Sammons as the QCSO’s new director of education and community engagement. Sammons had served as the General Manager of Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles (QCSYE) since 2018.
Originally from Texas, Kevin Sells moved to Iowa last year after earning his master’s degree at the Boston Conservatory in Berklee. The Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles (QCSYE) program consists of four youth orchestras for students in grades 2-12.
Under the guidance of QCSYE’s exceptional leadership staff, members have the opportunity to perform a great orchestral repertoire with the region’s most talented young musicians and learn from the mentorship of professional musicians from across the region, according to the QCSO .
Ensemble members hail from the greater Quebec region, as well as other communities in southeastern Iowa and northwestern Illinois.