“Music theory and composition offer ways to think about music as well as create it; I want my students to approach new and unfamiliar music with confidence and resourcefulness.”
Kendall Kennison is the composer of music for soloists, chamber ensembles, and larger works including one short opera. His music has been performed in the Northeastern and Midwestern US and in England, Italy, Russia, and Croatia by performers including pianists Caroline Hong, Lisa Weiss, Ivan Pernicki, and Veljko Glodić; guitarist Stanley Alexandrowicz; Quartetto di Venezia; Duo Viardot; The New Horizons Chamber Ensemble; and Goucher College’s own Orchestra and Opera Workshop. He is Professor of Music at Goucher College, where he teaches music theory and composition and hosts concerts of new music. He has given lectures and lecture-recitals at several locations in recent years, including Haverford College, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Wright State Unversity, and the Croatian Music Society (HGZ) in Zagreb, Croatia. His composition teachers include Robert Moevs, Richard Wilson, Robert Hall Lewis, Annea Lockwood, and Juli Nunlist.
Exhibits or Performances
March-April 2017: String Quartet No. 1: Laments and Fantasies premiered in a tour by Quartetto di Venezia, with concerts at Goucher College, Haverford College, University of Pittsburgh, West Chester University, and at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Chelsea in New York City.
November 2016: Guitar Sonata and Backanally performed in Padova, Italy by guitarist Stanley Alexandrowicz
October 2016: Guitar Sonata and Backanally performed in Lambertville, NJ and Baltimore MD at the Baltimore Museum of Art’s opening celebrations for their Matisse/Diebenkorn exhibit by guitarist Stanley Alexandrowicz
October 2015: Glasovir premiered in a tour with concerts at Goucher College, Haverford College, and Radford University by pianist Caroline Hong
May 2015: Trilogue for oboe, bassoon, and piano premiered at Peabody Conservatory by the Poulenc Trio
October 2014: Real Estate Rag performed at Goucher College and Slippery Rock University by pianist Ivan Pernicki
March 2014: Backanally performed at Schott recital room, London by guitarist Stanley Alexandrowicz
March 2014: Lecture-recital of my own piano music and that of my teachers at the Volvo Off-Road Fest Zagreb 2014, Zagreb, Croatia.
Conference Papers & Panel Participation
January 2013: Keynote lecture at American Innovators Series at Wright State University: The Music of Stuart Saunders Smith: Continuing the Transcendentalist Tradition.