Matthew Kennedy


American composer Matthew Kennedy’s music contains “disarming clarity and simplicity,” often seeking out dark places with an “uninhibited wonder and spirit of exploration.” His work has received acclaim including honors from ASCAP, BMI, Society of Composers Inc., Hartford Opera Theater, Dynamic Music Festival at NYU, as well as residencies at Marble House Project (VT), Crosshatch Center for Art and Ecology (MI), and the Mayapple Center for the Arts and Humanities (CT). Recent activities include commissions and performances at New Music Gathering, Fresh Inc. Festival, Northwestern University New Music Conference, McCormick Percussion Group, and the North American Saxophone Alliance International Conference. His work In Memoriam (2012), commissioned by Robert Black, was recently published in Ink&Coda Journal.

Matthew holds degrees from The Hartt School (DMA Composition), Butler University (MM Composition), and Anderson University (BA Music), where his primary teachers have included Michael Schelle, Robert Carl, Larry Alan Smith, Elizabeth Brown, and Manuel Sosa. Recently his work as digital music engraver was published in Indiana Theory Review (“Keeping Time in Mozart’s Eine kleine Gigue, K.574” by Ira Braus) as well as presented on at the 2015 Chicago Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic (“Sacred Spaces: Teaching Children to Create Music” by Glen Adsit and Michael Colgrass). Matthew is currently on faculty at University of South Florida where he teaches music theory and composition. He and his wife, studio artist Erin Kennedy, reside in Tampa, FL with their three children.

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