Kenneth Amis

Headshot, Kenneth Amis

General Info


Assistant Professor of Tuba

I endeavor to pass on to each student the knowledge of how to become their own best teacher, so that they may pursue a lifelong exploration, development, and enjoyment of music and the performing arts.

Kenneth Amis joined the Conservatory in 2006 and is an assistant professor of tuba.

Amis began his career in 1993 when he was appointed tuba player of the world-renowned ensemble Empire Brass. He has enjoyed performances as a soloist with the English Chamber Orchestra and as a member of the Tanglewood Festival and New World Symphony orchestras. Currently, Amis serves as principal tuba player for Empire Brass and the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra and is a performing artist for Besson instruments. In the last two decades, his performance skills have been showcased in many commercial recordings of chamber and large ensemble music.

An active composer, Amis has been commissioned to write for the New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble, the University of Scranton, the College Band Directors National Association, and a consortium of 20 universities and music organizations. Audiences around the world have heard Amis's music performed by the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Academy of Music Symphonic Winds, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa, to name a few.

Amis enrolled in Boston University at age 16, where he received a Bachelor of Music in composition. Additionally, he earned a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music in performance and received a Master of Music in composition from New England Conservatory. In 2003, Amis became the youngest recipient of New England Conservatory's Outstanding Alumni Award.

Amis holds several academic positions, including assistant conductor (MIT Wind Ensemble), wind ensemble director (Lynn University), and tuba professor (Boston University, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Lynn University, Longy School of Music, and New England Conservatory).

Professional Awards and Recognitions

  • Outstanding Alumni Award (New England Conservatory, 2003)


Concerto for Tuba: I. Allegro moderato dramatico by Kenneth Amis