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Dayton Kinney, Composition

Dayton Kinney

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.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  046 Biddle Music Building
Email Address: send me a message
Web Pages:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91U2AiKX3x4&t=667s
http://www.daytonkinney.com

Office Hours:

by appointment only
Education:

MMusCarnegie Mellon University2015
BASmith College2013
Specialties:

Composition
Curriculum Vitae

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Finalist for the 15th Thailand International Composers Competition “Rapee Sagarik Composition Prize”, Thailand International Composition Festival (TICF), August, 2019
  • 2019 F-Plus Call for Score Finalist, F-Plus
  • Call for Score Winner, Juventas New Music Ensemble
  • 2nd Prize Winner in Opera, Theater, Film, Dance --Student Division, American Prize
  • Pi Kappa Lambda (PKL), Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society, May, 2015
  • Spring 2015 Rembacher Chamber Music Competition, Carnegie Mellon University School of Music, April, 2015
  • Rembacher Outreach Competition, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Semi-Finalist in Choral Music, American Prize, June, 2014
Selected Performances

  1. Farewell, May 8, 2014, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA    
  2. Perspectives on An Optical Poem, April 29, 2015, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA    
  3. Cold Hands, April 10, 2015, Pittsburgh Opera in Pittsburgh, PA [467]    
  4. Dreaming Sequence, March 11, 2015, Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh, PA    
  5. Rhythmic Thoughts, December 08, 2014, Slippery Rock University, PA    
  6. Fire and Ice Song Cycle, June 14, 2014, Middlebury Performing Arts Center in Middlebury, VT    
  7. New Beginnings, March 06, 2014, Women Composers Festival of Hartford, Oak Cultural Center, Hartford, Ct    
  8. An Imaginary Affair, June, 2013, New Music on the Point, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT    
  9. Vexations, September 05, 2012, John Cage Centennial Celebration, Torp Theatre, Central Connecticut State University, Hartford, CT    

Massachusetts-native, Dayton Kinney, creates music that has won and has been recognized for numerous competitions at the international, national, and state levels. Performed in the U.S. and abroad, Dayton’s music has had notable performances by the International Contemporary Ensemble, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, the Serpili Sisters, the Zodiac Trio, and at Pittsburgh Opera. Dayton’s eclectic style is inspired from neo-romantic-ideals, juxtapositions, and accessibility. Her current compositional obsession explores the concept of the “in-between” grey-area of “tonality” and “atonality” through shapes, patterns, direction, sectional comparisons, and repetition. This exploratory obsession can be found throughout her works. Her current interests are to explore venues and subject matter for music and more contemporary processes. Dayton is a doctoral candidate for a Ph.D. in Music - Composition at Duke University, studying with John Supko. Dayton earned her Masters of Music in Composition at Carnegie Mellon University, where she 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.


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