Associate Professor, Music
Kraushaar Auditorium 109
B.A., Vassar College, 1989
M.A., Rutgers University, 1992
D.M.A., Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, 1996
Areas of Scholarly Expertise and Interest
Music Composition and Theory
Linestorm V (1999) for solo flute was performed by Elivi Varga at Goucher on March 7, 2012.
Backanally (2002, arr. 2010 for three electric guitars) was performed by the University of Maryland, Baltimore County New Music Ensemble, Stuart Saunders Smith, director, Dec. 8, 2010.
Backanally (2002) for solo guitar was performed five times in the first half of 2009 by Stanley Alexandrowicz, at Princeton (NJ) Public Library Jan. 22; Mount Laurel (NJ) Public Library Feb. 8; at Philadelphia Cathedral Mar. 11; Hunterdon County (NJ) Public Library Apr. 3; and at Brookfield (MA) Unitarian-Universalist Church Apr. 19.
My orchestration of Puccini's Avanti Urania was performed at Opera Barga, Barga, Italy, by tenor Francesco Paccorini and chamber orchestra, Aug. 3, 2008.
Piano Sonata (2003) was performed by Veljko Glodić at the Croatian Music Society, Zagreb, Croatia Jan. 23, 2007; the Goldenweiser Apartment and Museum, Moscow Russia Feb.28, 2007; at Goucher College, Mar. 26, 2008.
Kendall Kennison teaches music theory and composition at Goucher. The composer of dozens of pieces in genres, including chamber, solo, orchestral, choral, and opera, his music has been performed throughout the Northeast and Midwestern United States, as well as in Europe. He has written music at the request of performers and ensembles including Scottish Voices, pianist Lisa Weiss, guitarist Stanley Alexandrowicz, The New Horizons Chamber Ensemble, Duo Viardot, the Goucher Chamber Symphony, and the Goucher Opera Workshop. One of his interests is writing music inspired by visual art or literature, and this has led to collaborations with artists Allyn Massey and Bernhard Hildebrandt, as well as music inspired by painters Robert Motherwell and Richard Diebenkorn, and novelist C.P. Snow. His composition teachers include Robert Hall Lewis, Robert Moevs, Richard Wilson, and Annea Lockwood, and he is grateful to his first piano teacher, Alan D. Wingard, for introducing him to contemporary music in elementary school. In addition to his teaching duties at Goucher, he also coordinates the Ars Viva concert series, which has brought guest artists to Goucher from Russia, Italy, Germany, Austria, India, and all around the United States. He lives in Baltimore with his wife and three children.