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Timothy McKenry : Associate Artist

Timothy McKenry writes art music that embraces vernacular music styles and processes without being bound or defined by those idioms.

Photo of Timothy McKenry

Photo: Mark Lyall

McKenry (b. 1975) studied composition at the University of Melbourne with Stephen Ingham and Julian Yu. After completing his undergraduate studies he lectured in harmony and counterpoint at the University of Melbourne for ten years. He is now a professor of music and deputy head of school at the Australian Catholic University where he teaches composition and musicology. His PhD (2008) consisted of a folio of compositions and a thesis, supervised by Warren Bebbington, that examined the narratives used to account for style change in twentieth-century art music.

His output includes a chamber opera, orchestral pieces, choral works, pieces for chamber ensemble and mixed-media works. He receives regular commissions, most recently a piece for soprano and mixed ensemble - Sunday - for the Bridges Collective. This work has received numerous performances and has toured internationally. Other recent commissions include a choral setting of the Dylan Thomas poem 'Do Not Go Gentle' for SATB (commissioned by the Da Capo Singers) and a major work for organ and cello titled Relentless (commissioned by the City of Melbourne).

Tim McKenry has won a range of compositions prizes including the APRA prize in the 2004 3MBS National Composer Awards for his orchestral piece Shiggaion, the 2004 Lyrebird Commission for the mixed ensemble work Lament and two prizes in the Society of Organists 2009 'New Organ Music Awards'.

Timothy McKenry — current to February 2016

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Sunday : for soprano, flute, cello and piano (2013) Commissioned on behalf of the Bridges Collective
Digital sheet music sample Relentless : for organ and cello (2012) Commissioned for a Melbourne Town Hall concert series titled 'Organ and...'
Stroien (piano music) (2009) Commissioned by Rowan Vince for Music Make Play