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  • Faculty

  • Stefania deKenessey

    Professor of Music in The Arts and Contemporary Music programs


    Office Location
    A - Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall - 66 West 12th Street

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    Stefania deKenessey


    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:

    - The Human Voice
    - Composition & Analysis
    - 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 Affiliation

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

    Performances and Appearances

    Live Performances

    "The Bonfire of the Vanities" opera in three acts, based on the novel by Tom Wolfe, premiered at El Teatro at El Museo del Barrio

    Musical score for "Influence", award-winning film written and directed by Michael Bergmann

    “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


    “Autumn Elegy,” 9/11 memorial song cycle (poems by Dana Gioia), released by baritone Christopheren Nomura on Center Stage Records


    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

    ASCAP Awards

    Meet the Composer

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

    Current Courses

    Independent Study

    Independent Study (Spring 2021)

    Independent Study

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