William kenlon

William Kenlon (b. 1983), dually based in Washington D.C. and Boston, is a composer specializing in music for chamber, choral, and jazz ensembles. Described as "pointed and groovy" (New Music Box), Kenlon's music has garnered praise for its "lyrical personality that is original and strong" (Boston Musical Intelligencer), and for its sophisticated tonal explorations: "solid without being dense, clear without being sparse, and ever-changing without being random" (ibid). Enjoying frequent performances across the U.S. and in Europe, Kenlon has studied with composers from a variety of traditions and backgrounds, including John Hilliard, Jason Haney, Chuck Dotas, John McDonald, and (at present) Mark Edwards Wilson; he has also taken lessons with Forrest Pierce, Gabriela Lena Frank, Stacy Garrop, and Frederic Rzewski, among others. Kenlon obtained a B.M. degree (magna cum laude) from James Madison University and an M.A. from Tufts University, and has completed studies at McGill University and at the New England Conservatory. In 2013, he was awarded the Flagship Fellowship to pursue doctoral studies at the University of Maryland, which will be his home through mid-2017.