Matthew Kennedy

Assistant Professor of Composition/Theory
DMA, The Hartt School
MM, Butler University
BA, Anderson University

Matthew Kennedy's music contains disarming simplicity, often seeking out dark places with an uninhibited wonder and spirit of exploration. His work has been performed on five continents and fifteen countries, receiving critical acclaim including honors and commissions from ASCAP, BMI, Opera on Tap, Boston Musica Viva, Hartford Opera Theater, bassist Robert Black, Dynamic Music Festival at NYU, as well as residencies at Marble House Project (VT), Atlantic Center for the Arts (FL), Hambidge Center (GA), Crosshatch Center for Art and Ecology (MI), The Horned Dorset Artist Colony (NY), Soaring Gardens Artist's Retreat (PA), and the Mayapple Center for the Arts and Humanities (CT). Recent activities include performances and lectures at Bowling Green New Music Festival, Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival, Aspen Composers Conference, New Music Gathering at Boston Conservatory, Duke University, University of Virginia, Constantinides New Music Ensemble (LSU), Florida Flute Association, Northwestern University New Music Conference, Fresh Inc. Festival, Tampa Homegrown Concert Series, and the North American Saxophone Alliance International Conference.

His works are published through Just a Theory Press. Recently his Theme + 4 Brief Variants (2009, rev. 2015) was selected for publication in NewMusicShelf’s Anthology of New Music: Solo Piano Vol. 1. Recordings of his work have been published by Parma Recordings, Soundset Recordings, and Ink & Coda Journal.

Matthew holds degrees from The Hartt School (DMA), Butler University (MM), and Anderson University (BA), where his primary teachers have included Michael Schelle, Robert Carl, Larry Alan Smith, Elizabeth Brown, and Manuel Sosa. Recently his work as digital music engraver has received national recognition, being published in Indiana Theory Review (“Keeping Time in Mozart's Eine kleine Gigue, K.574” by Ira Braus) as well as presented at Chicago Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic (“Sacred Spaces: Teaching Children to Create Music” presented by Glen Adsit and Michael Colgrass). Matthew is currently the Assistant Professor of Composition and Theory at Heidelberg University and has previously taught at University of South Florida and The Hartt School. He currently resides in Tiffin, Ohio with his wife, studio artist Erin Kennedy, and four children.

Social Media

Facebook - @kennedycomposer

Courses Taught

  • Composition Lessons (MUS 126-428)
  • Orchestration (MUS 312)
  • Form and Analysis (MUS 313)
  • Music in the Movies (MUS 153)
  • Written Theory I-IV (MUS 121/123, 221/223)
  • Aural Theory I-IV (MUS 122/124, 222/224)
  • Music and the Human Experience (INT 101)


Music Composition, Arranging/Orchestration, Music Pedagogy, Music Theory

Mathew Kennedy
Matthew Kennedy
Brenneman Music Hall
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