Anthony M. Kelley

Associate Professor of the Practice of Music

078 Biddle Music Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Campus Box: 
(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.


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