Anthony M. Kelley

Associate Professor of the Practice of Music

External Address: 
078 Biddle Music Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90665, Durham, NC 27708-0665
Phone: 
(919) 660-3328

Overview

Anthony Kelley began his post as Faculty-in-Residence in Fall,
2007. He’s enjoyed getting to know the residents and
interacting with their many ideas and talents. He enjoys the
arts--from music to stage to gallery to the big screen--and
loves sharing discussion based on common group experiences.

Kelley joined the Duke University music faculty in 2000 after
serving as Composer-in-Residence with the Richmond
Symphony for three years under a grant from Meet the
Composer, Inc.
He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Duke
University, and he earned a Ph.D. in Musical Composition from
the University of California at Berkeley.
In 1999, Richmond Symphony premiered his piano concerto,
Africamerica, with soloist Donal Fox. In 1998, The American
Composers Orchestra gave the premier performance of a
commissioned work, The Breaks, under the direction of Gerard
Schwartz. The Baltimore,
Detroit, Atlanta, North Carolina, Oakland East Bay, Marin (CA)
and San
Antonio symphony orchestras have also performed Kelley’s
music. Among his
awards and honors are the Charles Ives Scholarship from the
American
Institute and Academy of Arts and Letters, and composition
fellowships from
the North Carolina Arts Council, the Virginia Commission for the
Arts and
the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. His recent work, such as his
soundtracks
to the H. Lee Waters/Tom Whiteside film "Conjuring Bearden"
[2006] and Dante
James's film, The Doll [2007], explores music as linked with
other media,
arts, and sociological phenomena. He co-directs and performs
in the improvisational Postmodern blues quartet called the BLAK
Ensemble.

http://www.duke.edu/~antk/ant_music_folder/ant_music_guide.
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Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley 2001

  • M.A., Duke University 1990

  • B.A., Duke University 1987

Kelley, AM. "Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson: Composer with colossal imagination." The News and Observer (February 2007). (Academic Article)

Kudzu Vine Suite. Musician. (2011)

Abstract

A.M. Kelley, "Kudzu Vine Suite" (2011). Compositional audio montage, expanded from music in the soundtrack to Gibson's "Kudzu Vine".

Grist for the Mill. Musician. Songs for the Soul (2010)

Abstract

A.M. Kelley, "Grist for the Mill" (2010). Composition for mixed chamber ensemble, recorded for Albany Records by The Mallarme Chamber Players.

Conjure Bearden [Musical Suite for Film]. Composer. (2006)

Abstract

A.M. Kelley, Conjure Bearden [Musical Suite for Film] (Spring, 2006), Myrmecoid Music, Box 93377 Durham, NC 27708. This composition, for synthesizer, clarinet, and double bass, was designed to accompany the images of H. Lee Waters filmed in North Carolin

Soundtrack to "Kudzu Vine". Musician. Vimeo (2011)

Abstract

A.M. Kelley, Soundtrack to "Kudzu Vine" [Documentary] (May, 2011). Electronic musical work to accompany the documentary by filmmaker Josh Gibson.

Contra-Funkti. Musician. (2009)

Abstract

A.M. Kelley, Nicholas Lewis, Reginald Patterson, David Garner, Contra-Funkti, 1-6 (2009). New approach to open improvisation, requiring close listening and response to polyphonic textures.

Incidental Music to the stage production, SPRING AWAKENING (Wedekind). Musician. (2008)

Abstract

A.M. Kelley, Incidental Music to the stage production, SPRING AWAKENING (Spring, 2008). This music provides transition and background scoring for the Duke Department of Theater Studies production of SPRING AWAKENING, Spring, 2008. This music, for clarin

Soundtrack to "The Doll". Composer. "The Doll" Short Film Premieres at Duke University (2007)

Abstract

A.M. Kelley, Soundtrack to "The Doll" (October 18, 2007), Myrmecoid Music, Box 93378 Durham, NC 27708. This music was composed to accompany the short film, THE DOLL, directed by Emmy Award-winner, Dante James, and based on a short story by the same name w

Words are Fun!. Composer. (2007)

Abstract

(song for brass and boy choir). The Richmond Symphony Brass and the Richmond Boys Choir performed "Words are Fun" [text by NIkki Giovanni as part of a 10-year retrospective of the Meet the Composer New Residencies Partnership and the opening of Nicholas

Conjure Bearden [Musical Suite for Film]. Composer. (2006)

Abstract

A.M. Kelley, Conjure Bearden [Musical Suite for Film] (Spring, 2006), Myrmecoid Music, Box 93377 Durham, NC 27708. This composition, for synthesizer, clarinet, and double bass, was designed to accompany the images of H. Lee Waters filmed in North Carolin

GRIST FOR THE MILL. Composer. (2005)

Point of Reference. Composer. (2003)

Abstract

A.M. Kelley, Point of Reference (2003), Myrmecoid Music. This is a work for improvising clarinet and piano. It incorporates New Blues practice.

Sidelines. Musician. (2002)

Abstract

Sports-based movements for string quartet, entitled "Sidelines" received a premiere performance by the Ciompi String Quartet.

Closer. Composer. (2000)

Abstract

Premiered by the Sweet Briar College Chorus and Orchestra, Plus Amherst County Gospel Singers and Galax Way. (for gospel singers, female chorus, old-time folk band, and small symphony orchestra)

Pages

Incidental Music to the stage production, SPRING AWAKENING (Wedekind). Musician. (2008)

Abstract

A.M. Kelley, Incidental Music to the stage production, SPRING AWAKENING (Spring, 2008). This music provides transition and background scoring for the Duke Department of Theater Studies production of SPRING AWAKENING, Spring, 2008. This music, for clarin

Words are Fun!. Composer. (2007)

Abstract

(song for brass and boy choir). The Richmond Symphony Brass and the Richmond Boys Choir performed "Words are Fun" [text by NIkki Giovanni as part of a 10-year retrospective of the Meet the Composer New Residencies Partnership and the opening of Nicholas

GRIST FOR THE MILL. Composer. (2005)

Sidelines. Musician. (2002)

Abstract

Sports-based movements for string quartet, entitled "Sidelines" received a premiere performance by the Ciompi String Quartet.