Anthony M. Kelley

Associate Professor of the Practice of Music

Office: 
078 Biddle Music Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Campus Box: 
90665
Phone: 
(919) 660-3328

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 SanAntonio symphony orchestras have also performed Kelley’s music. Among hisawards and honors are the Charles Ives Scholarship from the AmericanInstitute and Academy of Arts and Letters, and composition fellowships fromthe North Carolina Arts Council, the Virginia Commission for the Arts andthe Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. His recent work, such as his soundtracksto the H. Lee Waters/Tom Whiteside film "Conjuring Bearden" [2006] and DanteJames'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. 2001, University of California at Berkeley
  • M.A. 1990, Duke University
  • B.A. 1987, Duke University

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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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(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.