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Assistant Professor of Music

Academic Areas:
Music Composition, Music Theory

Ph.D. in Music Composition, University of Rochester Eastman School of Music
M.M. in Music Composition, University of Michigan School of Music
M.A. in Music Composition, The Hague Royal Conservatory (Netherlands)
B.A. in Music summa cum laude, Yale University

Phone: (940) 898-2500

Dr. Elizabeth A. Kelly’s compositions have been performed throughout the United States and Europe at venues including Carnegie Hall in New York, the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, the Tanglewood Music Festival in Massachussetts, the Huddersfield Festival in the UK and the Gaudeamus Festival in the Netherlands. Her music has been commissioned and performed by diverse ensembles including the Ann Arbor Symphony, the Albany Symphony Dogs of Desire, the ASKO Schoenberg Ensemble (Netherlands), Alarm Will Sound (US), the Curious Chamber Players (Sweden), the Janacek Philharmonic (Czech Republic), the Liverpool Philharmonic’s Ensemble 10/10 (UK), and the New York and Netherlands (NJO) Youth Symphonies. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards including two Morton Gould awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and a First Music Prize from the New York Youth Symphony. She won 2nd prize at the 2009 Apeldoorn YCM Competition and 1st prize at the 2011 Young Masters XXI competition in the Netherlands. Her work has been supported by a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, published by Donemus (Netherlands) and released by Centaur Records (US) and Huddersfield Contemporary Records (UK). She has received favorable reviews in the New York Times and the Guardian (UK).

 Dr. Kelly earned a Ph.D. in Music Composition from the University of Rochester Eastman School of Music. She won a prestigious Jacob Javits Fellowship from the United States Department of Education and a Robert Sproull Fellowship, awarded to the top incoming doctoral students at the University of Rochester, to support her Ph.D. studies. She also holds degrees in music from the University of Michigan, The Hague Royal Conservatory (Netherlands) and Yale (summa cum laude).  She won a grant from the Frank Beebe Fund to support her studies in the Netherlands. She served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Theory/Composition at the State University of New York at Potsdam Crane School of Music before beginning her position at Texas Woman’s University. To hear samples of her music, please visit

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