Duke University | Classical Studies:

    Anthony Kelley
  • Anthony Kelley

  • Associate Professor of the Practice of Music
      • Box 90665, Durham, NC 27708-0665
      • 078 Biddle Music Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
      • Phone: (919) 660-3328
      • Email:
  • 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. htm
  • Education

    • Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley 2001
    • M.A., Duke University 1990
    • B.A., Duke University 1987
  • Awards and Honors

    • Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award. Duke University Alumni Association., 2011
    • 2008 Director's Choice Third Place Award. 28th Black Maria Film + Video Festival, Jersey City, NJ., 2008
  • Professional Activities

    • Presentation
      • Black Improvisational Music's Sonic Sanctuaries: Contrasting Approaches to Time, Space, and Structure. October 17, 2012
      • Composer Session:“Videmus @ 25: Reflecting on the Past … Reaching Toward the Future”. March 24, 2012
      • TAKING NOTES: A COMPOSER LISTENS TO THE ART OF MUSICAL DERIVATION AND (In)APPROPRIATE APPROPRIATION. February 2, 2012
      • “Instantaneous Infinity…or, Thinking Beyond the Page in Musical and Human Connection and Communication”. October 11, 2011
      • Can American Music Be Classical?. December 6, 2010
      • Mozart and the NY Philharmonic [Concert Preparation]. November 15, 2010
      • Musical Choice and Consequence. September 10, 2010
      • Symphonic Subversion and Paradox in Ives and Beethoven: A Creative Listening Primer for The New York Philharmonic Concert. September 29, 2009
      • Fin de siècle Opulent Spontaneity, Prudent Rationalism, and the Euro-American Urban Divide in the Music of Gustav Mahler and Jacky Terrasson. June 22, 2009
      • Jazz, Classical, and the Process of Sonic Documentary. November 18, 2008
    • Service to the Profession
      • Member : NC Arts Council Showcase Selection Panel. July 27, 2011
      • Consultant : Duke In New York Planning Committee. January 1, 2011
      • Reviewer : Outside referee for various publishers. September 20, 2010
      • Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour (PennPAT) Artist Roster Comittee Panelist : Reviewer, Grant applications for Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. July 29, 2010
      • Selection Panelist : NC Arts Council/NC Presenters Consortium ArtsMarket Selection Panelist, 2009. August 11, 2009
      • Panelist, Reviewer, Phases I and II : Application Review Committee, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship Review Panel. May 14, 2008 - May 16, 2008
  • Selected Publications

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