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Dr. Thomas C. Duffy, Director of Bands

Thomas DuffyThomas C. Duffy (born June 17, 1955) is the Director of Bands at Yale University and Professor (Adj.) in the Yale School of Music. He received his Bachelor of Science in Music Education (magna cum laude) and Master of Musical Arts in Composition from the University of Connecticut, and his Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition from Cornell University, where he studied with Karel Husa and Steven Stucky. He has taught music courses at the Hartford Conservatory, the University of Connecticut, the Auburn Maximum Security Correctional Facility, Cornell University, and Yale University. 

Recordings and performances of Mr. Duffy's music include those by college bands, orchestras, and wind ensembles throughout the world. Mr. Duffy has conducted bands and orchestras throughout the United States and Japan, England, France, Ireland, and Italy.

He has served as president of the New England College Band Association, president of the CBDNA (College Band Directors National Association) Eastern Division, president of Connecticut Composers Inc., publicity co-chairman for the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, chairman of the Connecticut Music Educators Association Professional Affairs and Government Relations Committees, and a member of American Composers Alliance, BMI, and the American Bandmasters Association. Mr. Duffy represents music education in Yale's Teacher Preparation Program. His music is published by American Composers Alliance, Ludwig Music and Bourne Company Music Publishers. In 1996, Mr. Duffy was selected as Outstanding Music Educator of the Year by the Connecticut Music Educators Association. (June 1997).  He joined the Yale faculty in 1982.

Duffy's first influence, Charles Whittenberg, was hailed at one point as the primary American scion of the second Viennese School. While studying with Whittenberg, he worked in depth with serialism and the ordering of all parameters of music. Duffy attended Cornell University, attracted by Karel Husa's unique combination of the art of musical composition with themes of contemporary importance. He first came into contact with Husa's quarter-tones and proportional notation as a saxophonist in the Wind Ensemble at the University of Connecticut. While at Cornell, he also studied with Steven Stucky, from whom he contracted an interest in the music of Dallapiccola, Ligeti, Reich, Glass, Xenakis, and Lutoslawski.


More information about Dr. Duffy's compositions and a downloadable photo.