Dr. Jeff Hennessy
Theory, Keyboard, and Musicology

PhD University of Toronto
MA University of British Columbia
BMus Acadia University
BSc Trent University

Acadia University
Wolfville, Nova Scotia
Canada B4P 2R6


Dr. Hennessy is currently Acting Dean of Arts.

Jeff Hennessy (b. Peterborough, Ontario, 1971) studied music theory with Richard Kurth, John Roeder, and William Benjamin at the University of British Columbia, culminating in an MA thesis (2002) titled “Partition Lattices in the Music of Milton Babbitt.” While at UBC, he also pursued composition studies with Stephen Chatman and Keith Hamel. Following this, Hennessy returned to Acadia where he had completed his undergraduate music degree, to teach as a full time lecturer in theory, history, and composition.

In 2004, Hennessy was awarded a doctoral fellowship from The University of Toronto to pursue a PhD in Music Theory. He was later awarded two Ontario Graduate Scholarships, and a SSHRC doctoral fellowship. While at UofT, he met the renowned ethnomusicologist and performer James Kippen, and was inspired to adopt a more interdisciplinary approach to his doctoral research. His dissertation adapts contemporary theories of rhythm, meter, and musical time in developing a new analytical model for groove-based music. This model is then applied to an ethnomusicological study of cross-cultural collaborations in Canadian popular music, and the effects of musical globalization on ethnically-derived musical communities.

In 2007 Hennessy was hired as a full time musicologist at the Acadia University School of Music. He was also concurrently appointed to the position of Director of the School of Music at Acadia University for a six-year term. Jeff lives in Wolfville, NS with his wife (and dentist) Erin Hennessy and his son (and golf buddy) Rory.