Jeff has been on the EMF faculty since 2009 where he focuses on his passion for teaching and coaching orchestral & chamber music as well as performing in the Festival Orchestra. Summer performances have included the Santa Fe Opera ( Principal Trumpet for 4 seasons), Aspen Music Festival, Waterloo Music Festival, Norfolk Music Festival/Yale Summer School of Music, and the Tanglewood Music Festival where he was a fellow and played under Leonard Bernstein. Jeff has also performed as soloist and taught at the Tainan Music Festival in Tainan, Taiwan and toured Europe with the North Carolina School of the Arts Chamber Orchestra as trumpet soloist.
After receiving his undergraduate training at the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford where he earned both a Bachelors of Arts in performance and a Bachelors of Science in Music Management, Jeff was awarded a talent scholarship by the Manhattan School of Music in New York where he earned a Masters Degree in Music Performance. He has been heard as soloist throughout South Florida.
In addition to solo appearances, Jeff’s music can be heard on several recordings. Most notably is the award winning Florida Philharmonic CD recording of Gustav Mahler’s First Symphony which received critical acclaim, notably for the Blumine movement: “The Blumine is especially welcome for the ineffably cool, poised tones of principal trumpeter Jeffrey Kaye.” ( Orchestral Reviews BBC music magazine). Jeff’s music can also be heard on the EMI, Telarc, Epic and Harnonia Mundi labels, performing with The Empire Brass, The Florida Philharmonic, Placido Domingo, and the Broadway show “Scarlett Pimpenell."