Anthony M. Kelley

Anthony M. Kelley

Associate Professor of the Practice of Music

External Address: 
078 Biddle Music Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90665, Durham, NC 27708-0665
(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 San
Antonio symphony orchestras have also performed Kelley’s
music. Among his
awards and honors are the Charles Ives Scholarship from the
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
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


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