Kendall Durelle Briggs was born in Salt Lake City and his awards and prizes include the Charles Ives Prize awarded by the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and the Presser Foundation Music Award. His commissions and performances include The Hypochondriac, a one-act opera based on Molière's Le malade imaginaire; Magnificat for two sopranos, chorus, and orchestra, performed at L’Accademia del Teatro Opera Festival in Cagli, Italy; his Symphony No. 3 which was given its premiere by the Westchester Symphony Orchestra; Sinfonietta for String Orchestra premiered by the Prometheus Chamber Orchestra; and ... a riveder le stelle (Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra) written for cellist Amy Barston and the Prometheus Chamber Orchestra. His catalogue of works includes three symphonies; a Concerto for Orchestra; two string quartets; sonatas for flute, cello, viola, French horn, trumpet, and piano; and works for chorus, voice, and other chamber works, all published by Ludwig Music, Highland Heritage Press. He wrote The Language and Materials of Music, Treatise on Harmony published by Helion Books. Briggs is a participant in the Grammy in the Schools program in Los Angeles and New York and received his BA from Pacific Lutheran University and his MM and DMA from Juilliard. He studied composition with David Diamond. Briggs has been on the faculty at Juilliard since 1994, on the Graduate Studies faculty since 1998, the Pre-College faculty since 1994, the Evening Division faculty since 1996 and the Jazz Studies faculty since 2001.