Kendall Kennison

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

Recent Publications/Presentations/Performances

October 29, 2014: Ivan Pernicki played my solo piano piece Real Estate Rag at Goucher College, Towson, MD

October 28, 2014: Goucher student Joel Michael-Schwartz played my solo mandolin piece Ludo at Goucher College, Towson, MD.

October 20, 2014: Ivan Pernicki played my solo piano piece Real Estate Rag, at Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA.

March 28, 2014, London, UK: Stanley Alexandrowicz played Backanally (2002) for solo guitar as part of his recital at the Schott Recital Room in London, UK.

March 22, 2014, Zagreb, Croatia: I performed a lecture-recital of my own music and that of my mentors Richard Wilson and Robert Moevs as part of the Volvo Off Road Festival 2014 Zagreb. I performed the same program at University of Maryland, Baltimore County on Feb. 19; at Goucher also on Feb. 19; and at Haverford College on Feb. 20. This included Meditation (2011/2013); Izlet (2012-14); Rhapsody (2006); and Real Estate Rag (2006).

Feb. 2, 2013, Dayton, OH: I gave the keynote speech at the Wright State University Music Department's annual American Innovators Festival: The Music of Stuart Saunders Smith: Continuing the Transcendentalist Legacy.

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.