About the School
Matthew Kennedy

Visiting Professor of Music Theory
Phone: (813) 974-2311
Email: mbkennedy1@usf.edu

American composer Matthew Kennedy’s music contains disarming clarity and simplicity, often seeking out dark places with an uninhibited wonder and spirit of exploration. His work has received critical acclaim including honors and commissions from ASCAP, BMI, Society of Composers Inc., Hartford Opera Theater, Dynamic Music Festival at NYU, as well as residencies at Crosshatch Center for Art and Ecology (MI), Horned Dorset Artist Colony (NY), Marble House Project (VT), Taleamor Park (IN), and the Mayapple Center for the Arts and Humanities (CT).

Recent activities include performances and lectures at New Music Gathering at Bowling Green State University, Fresh Inc. Festival, Northwestern University New Music Conference, North American Saxophone Alliance International Conference, University of South Florida New Music Conference, and SCI Regional Conferences. Recent commissions for Matthew have included new works for saxophonist Justin Rollefson, Performance 20/20 Ensemble, La'Ventus Quartet, Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival, The Rogue Trio, Driftwood Quintet,  Hartford New Music Festival, cellist Emma Schmiedecke, and Foot-in-the-Door Ensemble. His work In Memoriam (2012), commissioned by the bass studio of Robert Black at The Hartt School, was recently published in Ink&Coda Journal.

Matthew holds degrees from The Hartt School, Butler University, and Anderson University 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 on at the 2015 Chicago Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic (“Sacred Spaces: Teaching Children to Create Music” by Glen Adsit and Michael Colgrass). Matthew currently teaches Music Theory, Counterpoint, and Ear Training at the University of South Florida. He and his wife, studio artist Erin Kennedy, currently reside in Tampa, FL with their daughters Ivy and Amelia.