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  • Stefania deKenessey

    Vice-Provost; Professor of Music; Program Director, Contemporary Music

    Profile:

    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.

    Selection of courses taught:

    - Human Voice Through the Ages
    - The Politics of Music
    - Musical Aesthetics
    - The Language of Music
    - The Drama of Opera

     

    Degrees Held:

    PhD, Music Composition, Princeton University
    MFA, Music Composition, Princeton University
    BA summa cum laude, Yale University

     

    Professional Affiliations:

    ASCAP
    National Association of Composers
    International alliance for Women in Music (founding president)
    New Music for Young Ensembles (competition judge)

     

    Performances and Appearances:


    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 Depatures,” 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 broadcast

    “Art Under the Radar”, PBS stations throughout the country

    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.

     

     

    Awards and Honors:

    SCAP Award (annually)

    Meet the Composer (regularly)

    Guest lectures and master classes, Brown University, the Hartt School, the Juilliard School

    Current Courses:

    Independent Study (Open Campus)

    Musical Blueprints

    The Human Voice

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