John Kennedy is currently President of the International Society of Bassists, and was chair of the 2011 ISB Convention at SFSU. He is nationally recognized as a clinician and teacher of young string bassists, and served on the ISB board as Young Bassist Director for ten years. Mr. Kennedy is a regular clinician at the Golden Gate Bass Camp, the Richard Davis Workshop in Madison, Wisconsin, the Troy Bass Workshop in Michigan, the Colorado Suzuki Institute and the Elgin Suzuki Workshop in Illinois. He is Principal Bass of the Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra, and was formerly Associate Principal Bass of the Honolulu Symphony. He has performed with the Detroit, Toledo, Kalamazoo, New Mexico, and Cedar Rapids symphonies.
Mr. Kennedy is Orchestra Director in the Farmington, MI public schools, and has previously taught in Detroit and Iowa City, IA. In 2005, he was nominated for Michigan Orchestra Teacher of the Year.
As a composer and arranger, John Kennedy has written over 25 works, both arrangements and original compositions, for young bass ensembles and for youth orchestras. He holds his Bachelor?s and Master?s Degrees in String Bass Performance from the University of Michigan. His principal teachers were Larry Hurst, Robert Gladstone and Jeff Bradetich.