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Anthony M. KelleyAnthony M. Kelley

Title: Professor of the Practice and Director of Undergraduate Studies
Office Location: 078 Biddle Music Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
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  • Ph.D. University of California - Berkeley, 2001
  • M.A. Duke University, 1990
  • B.A. Duke University, 1987

Research Interests

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.


Improvisation and Performance in revised "Africamerica" Piano Concerto, Recording and Performance of New Blues with BLAK Ensemble, Recording Release of "Grist for the Mill", by Mallarme Chamber Players , Documentary on THE ALFALFA CLUB

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award, Duke University Alumni Association, October, 2011
  • 2008 Director's Choice Third Place Award, 28th Black Maria Film + Video Festival, Jersey City, NJ, July, 2008
  • Aaron Copland Foundation Recording Project, Mallarme Chamber Players, September, 2007
  • Selection for Presentation, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, 2007, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, April, 2007
  • Henry Schuman Prize for Musical Composition, Duke University Music Department, 1987
  • Recipient, Mary Duke Biddle Scholarship for Musical Composition, Duke University, 1986-1987

Teaching (Spring 2024):

  • Music 146.01, Motown and american soul music Synopsis
    Biddle 104, W 10:05 AM-12:35 PM
  • Music 361.01, Theor/prac tonal mus ii Synopsis
    Biddle 101, TuTh 01:25 PM-03:40 PM

Recent Professional Work:

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  • A.M. Kelley. Soundtrack to "Kudzu Vine" [Documentary]. May, 2011 . [26640630]  [abs]
  • A.M. Kelley, Nicholas Lewis, Reginald Patterson, David Garner. Contra-Funkti, 1-6. 2009 .  [abs]
  • A.M. Kelley. Incidental Music to the stage production, SPRING AWAKENING. Spring, 2008 .  [abs]
  • A.M. Kelley. "Kudzu Vine Suite". 2011 .  [abs]
  • A.M. Kelley. "Grist for the Mill". 2010 . [id380000131]  [abs]

   Compositions Performed:

  • Soundtrack to "Kudzu Vine", 2011/05/01
    with Anthony M. Kelley; Josh Gibson
  • Kudzu Vine Suite, 2011/01/01
    with Anthony M. Kelley
  • Grist for the Mill, 2010/01/01
    with Anthony M. Kelley
  • Contra-Funkti, 2009/01/01
    with Anthony M. Kelley
  • Soundtrack to "The Doll", 2007/10/18
    with Anthony M. Kelley
  • Point of Reference, 2003/01/01
    with Anthony M. Kelley

   Other Activities:
  • Incidental Music to the stage production, SPRING AWAKENING (Wedekind), 2008/04/13
    with Anthony M. Kelley
  • Words are Fun!, 2007/01/01
    with Anthony M. Kelley
  • Conjure Bearden [Musical Suite for Film], 2006/01/01
    with Anthony M. Kelley
  • GRIST FOR THE MILL, 2005/01/01
    with Anthony M. Kelley

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