Anthony M Kelley
  • Anthony M Kelley

  • Associate Professor of the Practice of Music
  • Music
  • 078 Biddle Music Building
  • Campus Box 90665
  • Phone: (919) 660-3328
  • Fax: (919) 660-3301
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  • Specialties

    • Composition
    • Music Theory
  • Research Summary

    Post-19th Century Composition, African-American Music Making, Performance, New Blues, and Improvisation, Film Music, Documentary Film/Video/Music
  • Research Description

    B.A. and A.M., Duke University, 1991. Ph.D., UC Berkeley. Anthony 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. He received his B.A. and A.M. from Duke University in 1991. 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 is a performer in and co-director of the improvisational Postmodern New-Blues musical collective called the BLAK Ensemble.
  • Education

      • PhD,
      • University of California, Berkeley,
      • 2001
  • Recent Publications

      • A.M. Kelley.
      • Soundtrack to "Kudzu Vine" [Documentary].
      • May, 2011.
      • [web]
      Publication Description

      Electronic musical work to accompany the documentary by filmmaker Josh Gibson.

      • A.M. Kelley.
      • "Kudzu Vine Suite".
      • 2011.
      Publication Description

      Compositional audio montage, expanded from music in the soundtrack to Gibson's "Kudzu Vine".

      • A.M. Kelley.
      • "Grist for the Mill".
      • 2010.
      • [web]
      Publication Description

      Composition for mixed chamber ensemble, recorded for Albany Records by The Mallarme Chamber Players.

      • A.M. Kelley, Nicholas Lewis, Reginald Patterson, David Garner.
      • Contra-Funkti, 1-6.
      • 2009.
      Publication Description

      New approach to open improvisation, requiring close listening and response to polyphonic textures.

      • A.M. Kelley.
      • Incidental Music to the stage production, SPRING AWAKENING.
      • Spring, 2008.
      Publication Description

      This music provides transition and background scoring for the Duke Department of Theater Studies production of SPRING AWAKENING, Spring, 2008.

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  • PhD Students

    • Paul Swartzel
    • David K. Garner
      • August 01, 2008 - present
    • Paul Swartzel
      • August 01, 2006 - present
      • Status: PostQual
      • Thesis: T.B.D.