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Kyle Kindred: Bio

Kyle Kindred - Composer

Kyle Kindred (b.1978) is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Composition Studies at Sam Houston State University.  Kindred holds a Bachelor of Music in Theory-Composition and Piano Performance from Wichita State University as well as a Master of Music in Composition and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition from The University of Texas at Austin.  Kindred's recent composition for wind ensemble, Variations on a Tango was awarded second place in the Professional Band/Wind Ensemble Division of the prestigious American Prize in 2014.  His witty, lyrical and occasionally theatrical works for winds and percussion have been performed by ensembles in the US and abroad including the North Texas Wind Symphony, the Florida State University Wind Orchestra, the San Jose State University Wind Ensemble, the St. Louis Wind Symphony, the United States Navy Band, the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Wind Ensemble, the TAD Wind Symphony of Japan, the Brigham Young University Symphonic Band and the Showa University of Music Wind Ensemble in Kawasaki City, Japan. 

Kindred’s works have been featured at venues including the College Band Directors National Association Southwest Region Conference, the Texas Music Educators Association Convention, the Clark County School District High School Honor Band of Las Vegas, the Oregon Bach Festival, the International Double Reed Society Conference, the Florida State University Festival of New Music, the World Saxophone Congress, the Missouri Music Educators Association Convention, the Los Angeles Film Festival, the Live Earth Concerts for a Climate in Crisis, the Las Vegas House of Blues, the North American Saxophone Alliance National Conference and the Society of Composers Incorporated National Conference.  Kindred is a featured composer in the GIA Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series as well as contributing author for GIA Publications’ Composers on Composing for Band, Volume 4, edited by Mark Camphouse.  His teachers were Walter Mays, Dean Roush, Donald Grantham and 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner Kevin Puts.  For more information, visit