Director of Theory and Composition
Composer and pianist MARTIN KENNEDY began his formal training at Indiana University, where he received Bachelors of Music in both Composition and Piano Performance. He went on to earn a Master of Music in Composition at Indiana University and a Doctor of Musical Arts at the Juilliard School where he was a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow. His principal teachers in composition include Samuel Adler, Milton Babbitt, Claude Baker, David Dzubay, Don Freund, and Sydney Hodkinson. His principal teachers in piano include Jeremy Denk, Eveylne Brancart, and Pamela Penick.
Kennedy's music has been performed internationally by numerous artists and ensembles, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Teatro Comunale di Bologna, South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Philharmonic, Bloomington Camerata, Haddonfield Symphony, and Tuscaloosa Symphony.
He is the recipient of several prestigious prizes, including the ASCAP Foundation Rudolf Nissim Prize, the '2 Agosto' International Composition
Prize, a BMI Student Composer Award, five ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, the Suzanne and Lee Ettleson prize, the ASCAP Raymond Hubbel Award, a MacDowell Fellowship, an Aaron Copland Award, and two Indiana University Dean's Prizes in Composition.
Kennedy also remains in demand as a pianist and collaborator, appearing on concert stages worldwide and such radio programs as BBC’s *In Tune* and NPR’s *Performance Today*. He has toured with both violinist Lara St. John and flutist Thomas Robertello, with whom he has both recorded with and written for. Kennedy is also committed to the performance of new works, having premiered numerous compositions as both a soloist and as a member of both the Indiana University New Music Ensemble and the New Juilliard Ensemble.
Kennedy’s music is available on the Ancalagon, Anbardy, Azica, Centaur, and Riax labels and is published by Theodore Presser Company and G. Schirmer. Prior to his appointment at CWU, Kennedy was on the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis. For more information, please visit
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