Kevin Waters

J. Kevin Waters, SJ

J. Kevin Waters, SJ outside the Gonzaga Music Building

(1933-06-24) June 24, 1933 (age 83)
Seattle, WA


Retired Academic Dean and Professor Emeritus

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J. Kevin Waters S.J. (born June 24, 1933) is a Jesuit priest, composer, educator, and retired Academic Dean (Emeritus) of the College of Arts and Sciences of Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.


1 Early life
2 Education
3 Academic career
4 Religious career
5 Compositions

5.1 Selected list of published works
5.2 Premieres and performances

6 Discography
7 Bibliography

7.1 Publications
7.2 Selected lectures

8 References
9 External links

Early life[edit]
John Kevin Waters was born June 24, 1933, in Seattle, WA, the third child of Thomas Waters and Eleanor (Hynes) Waters. He has an older sister, Maribeth, an older brother, Thomas, and a younger sister, Kathleen. He began his education at Sacred Heart School in Seattle and Showalter Grade School in Riverton Heights, WA. During high school he was a student at O’Dea High School and Seattle Preparatory School, from which he graduated in 1951. That same year, he entered the Society of Jesus.
Father Waters began his studies at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA in 1953, earning the degree Bachelor of Arts in 1957. He then began graduate studies at Gonzaga’s Mount St. Michael Seminary, earning his Master of Arts in Philosophy in 1958. From 1958 until 1970 he studied composition privately with John Verrall, Niccolo Castiglione and George McKay. Because of his interest in Music, Father Waters earned a second Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Washington in 1964. Moving to Los Angeles that year, he also studied privately with Roy Harris at UCLA while working toward his S.T.B (Bachelor of Sacred Theology) and Master of Arts in Theology at Santa Clara University, graduating with those degrees in 1965.
Father Waters earned the D.M.A. (Doctor of Musical Arts) in