School of Music
College of Performing and Visual Arts
Kenyon Brenner began developing his love for music at an early age while growing up in Colorado. After realizing his desire to pursue a career in jazz, he eventually attended the University of Northern Colorado, where he earned his bachelors and masters degrees. During his time at UNC he studied saxophone, voice, composition and other jazz topics with Erik Applegate, Dana Landry, Jim White, Steve Kovalcheck, David Caffey, Kerry Marsh and Julia Dollison. In 2009 Kenyon spent six months studying African culture and music in Ghana through UNC's study abroad program. While in school Kenyon was a member of UNC's prestigious groups, Jazz Lab Band I, Vanguard Combo and Vocal Lab. All three ensembles won Downbeat Magazine Student Music Awards for Best Graduate Large Ensemble, Best Graduate Small Ensemble, and Best Graduate Vocal Jazz Ensemble while he was a member. Downbeat Magazine in their 2014 Student Music Awards recognized his original composition titled, "Pensitivity." He was also a semifinalist in the North American Saxophone Alliance's 2014 jazz saxophone competition.
Kenyon has performed extensively across Europe and the Caribbean on cruise ships, as well as across the U.S. and Canada with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. He has also performed with such artists as: Dana Landry, Erik Applegate, Jim White, Steve Kovalcheck, Peter Sommer, Wil Swindler, Don Aliquo, Al Hood, Clay Jenkins, Paul McKee, Dave Glenn, Benny Green, Jeff Coffin, Donny McCaslin, Jeff Clayton, Randy Johnston, Terell Stafford, Jeff Hamilton, Christian McBride, Chris Potter, Deborah Brown, The New York Voices, and Groove for Thought. Kenyon currently teaches jazz saxophone at the University of Northern Colorado, and is a very active performer across Colorado.