Composer, Teacher, & Ph.D. Candidate

Dayton Kinney creates music that has won and has been recognized for numerous competitions at the international, national, and state levels. Performed in the U.S. and abroad, Dayton’s music has had notable performances by the International Contemporary Ensemble, the Durham Medical Orchestra, Rela Percussion, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, the Serpili Sisters, the Zodiac Trio, and at Pittsburgh Opera.  Dayton’s eclectic style is inspired from neo-romantic-ideals, juxtapositions, and accessibility. Her current compositional obsession explores the concept of the “in-between” grey-area of “tonality” and “atonality” through shapes, patterns, direction, sectional comparisons, and repetition. This exploratory obsession can be found throughout her works. Her current interests are to explore new venues and subject matter for music and more contemporary processes. Dayton is a doctoral student for a Ph.D. in Music - Composition at Duke University under John Supko as an advisor and studying with Andrew Waggoner. Dayton earned her Master of Music in Composition at Carnegie Mellon University, where she was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda. Dayton also holds a Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude with Honors in Music from Smith College. Her previous composition teachers include John Supko, Leonardo Balada, Salvatore Macchia, Melinda Wagner, and Alla Elana Cohen.