Kelley Sheehan(1989, she/her) is a composer and computer musician moving between acoustic, electronic, electro-acoustic, and performance art works. In any medium, her work centers on noise, performance, and interaction. Her work has been described as “Full of discovery, collaboration, and unpredictability” (Iannotta, Kyriakides, & Stäbler) with “Woozy Electronics” (LA-Weekly). Named prize winner of the Gaudeamus Award 2019 and awarded first place for the 2020 ASCAP/SEAMUS commissioning competition, the 2021 George Arthur Knight Prize, among others.
When not composing, she’s an avid improviser on self-made DIY electronics, no-input mixer, her AI-electric guitar hybrid called ‘other machines,’ and/or modular. Having performed at such venues as the Banff Center for the Arts and the Art Institute of Chicago.
Her research has led her to study with composers of various interests such as Sivan Cohen Elias, Marcos Balter, and Fredrick Gifford. She’s a PhD Candidate in Composition at Harvard University studying with Chaya Czernowin and Hans Tutsku
Currently, she is serving as acting director of the Harvard Group for New Music.
Upcoming projects include works for Collegium Novum Zurich and Yarn/Wire
Based in Boston, MA (USA). Pronouns: She/Her
PhD, Harvard University (currently pursuing)
Chaya Czernowin, Hans Tutschku, Sivan Cohen Elias
MM, DePaul University
BM, Columbia College
Marcos Balter, Kenn Kumpf
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