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Justin Leo Kennedy

School of Music
Assistant Professor, Music Technology



Office: Belk 183A
Phone: 828-227-2400

D.M.A., Arizona State University
M.M., CSU Long Beach
B.M., Chicago College of Performing Arts

Justin Leo Kennedy is a composer and sound artist specializing in electronic music. Aside from teaching duties, he serves as the Director of the Music Technology Ensemble.

At WCU, Dr. Kennedy teaches his MIDI and synthesis students computer music performance, sound design, virtual orchestration, and Max for Live. He also shows members of the Tech Ensemble how to perform music with various input devices like Nintendo controllers and motion trackers. 

Justin has been invited to show his work at the Spoleto Festival (Italy), ISEA (Hong Kong), SEAMUS (Georgia), MUSLAB (Mexico), and more. His music has been heard at venues such as Disneyland, Hamburger Sprechwerk (Germany), and the Naru Arts Center (South Korea). 

Justin's pieces for electronics and Mongolian-inspired vocalizations earned him a selection as an Alternate for the Fulbright Fellowship, a Title VIII Fellowship, and Ventura's Endowment for the Arts. He's been published in the 8th edition of Jean Ferris' textbook America's Musical Landscape, and recently spoke at Game Sound Conference.

Before academia, Justin worked full-time in the commercial market as Creative Director at Baltu Studios (now known as Baltu Technologies), where he composed music for games, did sound design for VR applications, and programmed interactive media installations. Feel free to check out his work below or on his website.


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