Chris Kennedy is a composer and educator in Baltimore, MD. Following his role as Senior Composer at Noise Distillery, he has been building the Music for New Media program at the Peabody Institute with Thomas Dolby. An Emmy-nominated composer for film and TV, he has scored music for NBC, PBS, Smithsonian, Discovery, and National Geographic. Additionally, he helped launch a game audio department at Clean Cuts where his music has been featured on games such as the Drawn trilogy, VR Sports Challenge, Brass Tactics, Adera, Fetch!, Choices: Stories You Play, Fairway Solitaire, and Let’s Dish.
A Maryland native, Chris holds a degree (magna cum laude) in jazz guitar from Towson University, where he studied guitar with Steve Herberman and composition with Tim Murphy. As a student he sought opportunities to blend his music with the visual arts, working regularly as a composer and performer with the dance and film departments. His interest in music for media led him to an internship at Clean Cuts where he became a full-time staff composer after graduation. There he mentored under Wall Matthews and continued his composition studies with Judah Adashi at Peabody Preparatory.
As a guitarist, Chris has recorded numerous albums with his own groups and as a session artist – including Windmills (with jazz quartet Never in Denver) and an appearance on Wu-Tang Clan’s Legendary Weapons.