Kendall Durelle Briggs

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Kendall Durelle Briggs
BornSalt Lake City, Utah
Occupation(s)Composer, Music Theorist

Kendall Durelle Briggs is an American composer of classical music and music theorist. He is a professor of music theory, music history and analysis at the Juilliard School in New York City.[1][2] He is considered an authority on common practice harmony and counterpoint[by whom?][citation needed] and has authored two books on the subject, The Language and Materials of Music and Tonal Counterpoint.[3][4] He is a recipient of the Charles Ives Prize in composition.[5]


Briggs was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and grew up in Seattle, Washington. He was first exposed to music by his mother, a classical pianist. He later studied the cello as well. He attended Pacific Lutheran University, where he received a bachelor's degree in composition, and later went on to study at the Juilliard School, where he received his master’s and doctoral degrees. He joined the Juilliard's faculty in 1994.[1]

He has studied with renowned pedagogues Maurice Skones, conductor of Choir of the West; composer David Diamond; Mary Anthony Cox; and Charles Jones.[1][6]


Notable works include:

  • Concerto for Orchestra
  • Symphony No. 1
  • Symphony No. 2
  • Symphony No. 3[6]
  • Sinfonietta for String Orchestra
  • The Hypochondriac, a one-act opera based on Molière's Le Malade Imaginaire


Year Award Work
1991 Charles Ives Prize
Presser Foundation Music Award


Title Artist Role Year Label
5 Stars: Favorites from the 5 Browns The 5 Browns Arranger 2008 RCA[7]


  1. ^ a b c "Kendall Durelle Briggs" (HMTL). Juilliard Journal. Retrieved 2014-07-27.
  2. ^ Simon, Jeff. "Disc review: Christopher Bono, 'Bardo'" (HMTL). Buffalo News. Retrieved 2014-07-27.
  3. ^ Briggs, Kendall (2012). Tonal Counterpoint. New York: Highland Heritage Press. ISBN 978-1-300-06705-4. Retrieved 2014-07-27.
  4. ^ Briggs, Kendall (2012). The Language and Materials of Modern Music. New York: Highland Heritage Press. ISBN 978-1-257-99614-8. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  5. ^ "American Academy of Arts and Letters - List of Awards". American Academy of Art and Letters. Archived from the original (HMTL) on 2015-12-19. Retrieved 2014-07-27.
  6. ^ a b Sherman, Robert. "Music Society to Play Work of Its Member" (HMTL). New York Times. Retrieved 2014-07-27.
  7. ^ Manheim, James. "5 Stars: Favorites from the 5 Browns" (HMTL). All Music. Retrieved 2014-07-27.

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