de Kenessey, Stefania

de Kenessey, Stefania

Stefania de Kenessey
PhD, Music Composition, Princeton University;
MFA, Music Composition, Princeton University;
BA summa cum laude, Yale University
Associate Professor, Music

To write beautiful music that speaks to our age but is also grounded in a classical, timeless tradition.

Stefania de Kenessey discusses teaching and learning at Lang in a project made possible with a grant from Bringing Theory to Practice.
Courses Taught:
  • Human Voice Through the Ages
  • The Politics of Music
  • Musical Aesthetics
  • The Language of Music
  • The Drama of Opera
Office Location:
Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts
65 West 11th Street, Room 251
New York, NY  10011
Office Hours:
by appointment
Phone Number/Extension:
212 229-5100


Research Interests:
The future of classical music (as well as other media) after modernism; founder and artistic director of the “Derriere Guard”, an alliance of traditionalist contemporary artists.
Professional Affiliations:
  • National Association of Composers
  • International alliance for Women in Music (founding president)
  • New Music for Young Ensembles (competition judge)
Recent Presentations/Exhibits:
  • Live performances: “High Summer”, song cycle for soprano and ensemble, premiered by Adina Aaron at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall; concertos for trumpet “Cutting Loose” and flute “Manned Flight”, premiered by Chris Gekker and Elizabeth Mann by Manhattan Chamber Orchestra; “Entrances and Depatrrues”, song cycle for mezzosoprano and baritone with orchestra, premiered by Maria Zifchak and Daniel Mobbs with the North/South Chamber Orchestra.
  • Recordings: “Autumn Elegy”, 9/11 memorial song cycle (poems by Dana Gioia), released by baritone Christopheren Nomura on Center Stage Records
  • Radio/Television: David Garland, WNYC-FM, evening broadcasts; “Art Under the Radar”, PBS stations throughout the country
Awards and Honors:
  • ASCAP Award (annually)
  • Meet the Composer (regularly)
  • guest lectures and master classes, Brown University, the Hartt School, the Juilliard School

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