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Brendan Connelly

Adjunct Professor


M.F.A., Bard College


  • College of Music and Media
  • Theatre


Brendan Connelly is a composer and performer from Queens, New York- now living in New Orleans. He is co-founder of the Obie-award winning Two-headed Calf (along with director Brooke O’Harra) and has created the sound and music for all of its productions, including You, My Mother, Trifles, Room for Cream, Major Barbara and Drum of the Waves of Horikawa.  They are a resident company at La MaMa, E.T.C. where many of the Calf pieces have been performed. 

Brendan collaborates regularly with the Obie-winning collaborative PearlDamour including on How To Build a Forest (an 8-hour performance-installation), Milton (a show and community-engagement in five towns named Milton) and the recent Lost in the Meadow – an outdoor performance in a 40-acre meadow.  

He has worked with many exciting directors including Pam MacKinnon, Anne Kaufmann, Suzan-Lori Parks, Seth Bockley, David Levine and Ian Belton.

His concert music has been performed by the S.E.M. Ensemble, Yarn/Wire, Timetable Percussion, Wet Ink, Hunter-Gatherer, members of the Mivos Quartet and others.

He has been called “talented” by the New York Times, “spectacular” by the New York Sun and Culturebot just says “Brendan Connelly’s music, as always, rocks like crazy”.

Brendan is an alum of the HERE Arts Center residency, the NEA/TCG Career Development Program and of Bard College, where he received his MFA.