Dayton Kinney

Dayton Kinney


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Dayton Kinney creates music that has won and has been recognized for numerous competitions. Performed in the U.S. and abroad, Dayton’s music has had notable performances by the International Contemporary Ensemble, the Juventas New Music Ensemble, F-Plus, the Durham Medical Orchestra, Rela Percussion, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, the Zodiac Trio, and at Pittsburgh Opera.  Dayton’s eclectic style is inspired from neo-romantic-ideals, juxtapositions, and accessibility. Her compositional obsession explores ambiguity within harmonic projections and formal development through patterns, juxtaposition, and repetition.

Dayton is a doctoral candidate for a Ph.D. in Music - Composition at Duke University with John Supko as her dissertation advisor. Dayton earned her Master of Music in Composition at Carnegie Mellon University and was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda. Dayton also holds a Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude with Honors in Music from Smith College. Her previous composition teachers include Leonardo Balada, Salvatore Macchia, Melinda Wagner, and Alla Elana Cohen.

Hand Carved Names and Railroad Tracks. Composer. (2019)


Inspired by stories and the Me Too Movement, Hand Carved Names and Railroad Tracks explores the loss
of innocence during childhood. This composition explores the complexities of adult situations from the
understanding and eyes of a child. Through its juxtaposition of light and dark themes, the piece engages
with coming of age in contemporary society.

Still Whispers and Tangents. Composer. (2018)

Mariposa. Composer. (2017)

The Orchestra Pit. Composer. (2017)

Of Some Consequence. Composer. (2017)

Returning Pieces. Composer. (2016)

The Canary Who Sang. Composer. (2016)

The Roost. Composer. (2016)

Long Distance. Composer. (2016)

Cold Hands. Composer. (2015)


Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants

Bass Instructional Fellowship awarded by Duke University Graduate School (2019 to 2020)

Dissertation Research Travel Award: Domestic awarded by Duke University Graduate School (2019)