Kenneth Bean

Young Peoples’ Philharmonic Musical Director

Kenny Bean helping a student

Kenneth T. Bean began seriously studying music as a high school student when he attended the Baltimore School for the Arts. He matriculated to Oberlin Conservatory where he earned a Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance, following which he completed a Master of Music Education from Jackson State University.

As a trumpeter, Kenneth has enjoyed a thriving freelance career, playing with such ensembles as Mannheim Steamroller, Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, Soulful Symphony Orchestra, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra and Mississippi Symphony Orchestra.  He can be heard on recordings with Symphony in C, the Monocacy Chamber Orchestra, and hip-hop artist Thee Phantom & the Illharmonic Orchestra.

Following a desire to pass on the gift of music, Kenneth has worked with a number of music education organizations, including Play on, Philly!,  Settlement Music School and the School District of Philadelphia.  He has also taught at summer festivals, such as Luzerne Music Center and the Premier Orchestral Institute of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra.  For the past few summers, he has taught trumpet and conducted various ensembles at Symphony in C Summer Camp and Kinhaven Music School.  He currently holds the position of Associate Director/Program Director of the Primavera Fund, a Philadelphia based charitable trust, whose mission is to identify, mentor and underwrite the artistic endeavors of young musicians whose talent surpasses their financial means.

In recent years, Kenneth has been most fortunate to engage his passion for conducting.  He held the position of Music Director/Conductor of the Junior String Philharmonic of the Lehigh Valley from 2011-2015.  In January of 2016 he was appointed Music Director/Conductor of the Young People’s Philharmonic of the Lehigh Valley.  He also has served as the Conductor of the Symphony in C Youth Orchestra since its inception in 2014. In the 2015-16 season, he served as Associate Conductor of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra.  In the fall of 2016, he will begin his appointment as Director/Conductor of the newly launched Philadelphia Young Musicians Orchestra.  In November 2016, Kenneth will travel to Thessaloniki Greece to participate in the Felix Mendelssohn Conducting Competition, which will be supported in part by a Sphinx MPower Artist grant.  Kenneth currently lives in West Philadelphia.