KEVIN SALFEN is Associate Professor of Music at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. He took his first two degrees in composition and his Ph.D. in musicology at the University of North Texas. His work on English composer Benjamin Britten has appeared in Music & Letters (2011) and 19th-Century Music (2014) and is forthcoming in two collections of essays (2016). Kevin is compelled by “public musicology.” He has written a music appreciation textbook, Pathways to Music (Kendall Hunt), is a frequent program note annotator, and has given many public lectures on a range of musical topics for the San Antonio and Dallas Opera, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Nasher Sculpture Center’s chamber music series, the San Antonio International Piano Competition’s Piano Series, and the McNay Art Museum’s public programming. Kevin’s formal study of noh began in 2008 through the Noh Training Project, and he became a member of Theatre Nohgaku in 2011. He has played nohkan for performances of Funa Benkei and Sumida River, has played the wakitsure in Atsumori, the tsure in the Boston premiere of Carrie Preston and David Crandall’s Zahdi Dates and Poppies, and has sung in the chorus for Atsumori, Funa Benkei, Hagoromo, Blue Moon over Memphis, and Zahdi Dates and Poppies. Kevin’s music has been performed in England, China, and throughout the U. S., and he continues to be an active composer. He wrote the music for Elise Forier-Edie’s noh-influenced Icarus (2012), which was selected for performance at the 2013 Region VII Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. He also composed the music for 2015 Texas Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla’s Song of the Yanaguana River (2015), part of the major outreach-performance project Where Rivers Meet, for which Kevin also acted as executive producer. His New Year Canticles was performed in July 2016 at the National Cathedral in Washington, D. C.