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Thomas C. Duffy

Thomas C. Duffy (b.1955) is the Associate Dean of the School of Music and Director of Bands at Yale University, where he has taught since 1982. He received his Bachelor of Science in Music Education and Master of Musical Arts in Composition from the University of Connecticut, where he was a student of Charles Whittenberg, James Eversole and Hale Smith; and his doctor of Musical Arts in Composition from Cornell University, where he studied with Karel Husa and Steven Stucky. During his time at Cornell University, he taught jazz history and general music at the Auburn Maximum Security Correctional Facility in Auburn, New York.

Reflecting the influence of his teacher, Karel Husa, Duffy composes music that addresses significant American social and historical issues, and employs incisive extra-musical programs drawn from the disciplines of philosophy, science, physics, art, literature, etc.