A native of Gulf Shores, Alabama, oboist Kemp Jernigan plays extensively throughout the New York City area and New England in chamber groups, opera companies and orchestra. In 2008, as an incoming freshman, Jernigan was selected to the Hartt School’s Performance 20/20 program, an honors chamber music program where students work closely with Hartt faculty and receive full scholarship tuition. During those four years he gave numerous performances and premiers of new pieces on the campus of the University of Hartford and through out the state of Connecticut.
Jernigan was selected for a fellowship to participate in the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, working with Stephen Taylor and other notable Yale faculty, giving many performances in the Music Shed through out the summer. He has also participated in the Sarasota Music Festival, Banff, Bowdoin and the Ameropa Chamber Music Festival in Prague. Participating in these programs has led him to meet and play with many incredible people and live a life of sharing his love for music with others.
Jernigan received his bachelor of music degree from The Hartt School at The University of Hartford and is currently pursuing is a master of music degree at The Yale School of Music. In his spare time he likes to barbecue and listen to Soul Music.