Kevin J. Kelly


Kevin J. Kelly is a Los Angeles-based composer, singer-songwriter and multiinstrumentalist. Dr. Kelly was born July 6, 1978 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. He completed his bachelor's degree in composition at West Chester University, where his principal teachers were Robert Maggio and Larry Nelson. He was awarded a Ph.D. in composition from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied with Jay Reise, James Primosch, Anna Weesner, and Ingrid Arauco. He has also studied with Samuel Adler, Philip Lasser, Narcis Bonet and Michel Merlet while participating in the summer composition program at La Schola Cantorum in Paris, France.

Among Dr. Kelly's awards and scholarships are: winner of 2014 ACF-LA Composition Competition; selection for 15-minutes of fame performances in New York City and Brazil; a prize in the National Guild of Community Schools for the Arts' Young Composers Competition; recognition as a regional winner in the 1999 SCI/ASCAP Student Composition Competition; the William Penn Fellowship from the University of Pennsylvania; and the Theodore Presser Scholarship from West Chester University. He is currently on the faculty of Los Angeles City College.