Profile: Kay Mackenzie
Kay MacKenzie is a Scottish musician specialising in brass tuition and composition.
Studying in the heart of brass banding of Yorkshire, England, Kay completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Huddersfield in 2003 under the expert guidance of cornet virtuoso Phillip McCann. Following this, a passion for composition led Kay to return to her roots in Scotland and undertake a Masters degree in composition at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Here she was granted the prestigious distinction award in this degree and has since been a regularly commissioned composer of original works, many of which have a prominent brass flavour.
Kay immigrated to New Zealand in 2006 after being head-hunted by the highly regarded Dalewool Auckland Brass Band to relocate and perform with them over here on the soprano cornet. Since then, she has been an advocate for youth music in the community, having been employed as an itinerant tutor of music and director of the NZCT Auckland Brass Academy.
Kay has recently completed her Graduate Diploma in Teaching Secondary School Education at the University of Auckland and received a first in course award for this. This has secured her a full-time position at the vibrant and highly successful MacLeans College, teaching classroom music under the wing of their Head of Department, Nigel Weeks.