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Ken Foster

11509 Via Salida, Yuma, AZ 85365

Tel: 928-342-7134 : Home Email: Web Site:

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Clarinet Quintet

Movement 1

Movement 2


I am primarily a composer. I am a school teacher with 35 years of experience. My experience for over 20 years was in a school music program, which has taught me much about music for young adults. I have taught technology for the past 10 years which has taught me much about the marriage of music and technology. I have written two books (one novel and one book of poetry), which has expanded my creative ability.


Teacher, School District #1, Yuma, Arizona 1972-1997

During this time I taught band, vocal music, and general music at Gila Vista Junior High.

Teacher, School District #1, Yuma, Arizona 1998-Present

During this time I taught Technology at Gila Vista Junior High.

Teacher, Arizona Western College, Yuma, Arizona Part Time

Taught Private Piano and Web Page Classes.


Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Arkansas

B.M.E. (Music Education)

Studied with: Jared Spears, Composer of Band Music

Studied with: Myron Myers (Pupil of Artur Schnabel)

Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

Master’s Degree in Instrumental Music

Studied with: Ronald LoPresti, Composer in Residence

Studied with: Arnold Bullock, Pianist

Studied with: Claude Franck (Master Classes)

Music performed by the Arizona State Univ. Student Orchestra

Oberlin Conservatory of Music

Studied with: Gary Nelson (Summer Workshops)


I am well versed in the abilities and limitations of young performers from Middle School to College Students. I have written band and orchestral pieces that reflect the abilities of high school and community college level students. With my knowledge of music and technology I am able to produce scores that are quickly rendered to an audio file for review. My last four orchestral pieces were composed, scored, edited, and printed in less than two weeks. I am a member of that has put some of my music in the top 10 in the general category of Classical Contemporary and Electronic Ambient for Arizona, the Western Region and All Regions. I have set up a music studio outside Boulder, Co. where I intend to compose and produce music. I am very interested in getting some of my music published by a reputable publishing firm.