Khuent Rose, 29
B.M. Music composition from Brooklyn College
Immediately after graduating Midwood High School with high accolades, Khuent traveled to Florida Memorial University (Steel pan performance/ jazz influenced) under the tutelage of one of the most dynamic forces in the steel band international community Dr. Dawn Batson-Borel. Of all his mentors she was by far the most iconoclastic. He was also closely influence by several members of faculty namely, Melton Mustafa (Jazz), Dr. Richard Yaklich, Feliz Spengler and students like Leon Foster Thomas, Freddie Harris III and Collins Peters.During his stay there he advanced so rapidly that the faculty eventually suggested that other venues would have probably been better suited for his studies; so said, so done. He returned to his Brooklyn home after two years of attendance at FMU. While arranging for Crossfire Steel Orchestra, he continued his studies at Brooklyn College (Music Composition) under the guidance of Dr. Benjamin Bierman and Dr. Tania Leon. In the Spring of 2010, he graduated with a Bachelor’s in Music Composition and a Minor in English and Philosophy. At Brooklyn College he was able to debut several works during Student Composer concerts, perform in the jazz and percussion ensembles, and receive the De Los Mederos special award in music in composition. In recent years, he has instructed music as a Teaching Artist at The International arts and Business School (Wingate Campus) and William E. Grady High School, been the Musical director of the Premier Baptist Church (East Flatbush) and privately mentored several musicians and ensembles throughout the New York area. He is currently a principal musician at the Elim International Fellowship, a reformed Pentecostal Church located in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.