About Kyle Vanderburg


Composer Kyle Vanderburg (b. 1986) grew up in southeast Missouri where the Ozark foothills meet the Mississippi River valley. Raised on southern gospel and American hymnody, his music tries to walk the line between eliciting nostalgia and devising innovative sonic worlds. His electronic works often play with familiar sounds in new contexts (like a teakettle that turns into a thunderstorm), his acoustic works feature catchy melodies and too many time signatures. He writes music he hopes his parents will like. 

Kyle's music has been heard abroad in the usual venues, but some of the recent interesting performances have been presenting music based on the work of painter Ed Ruscha and sonifying climate data at the National Weather Center Biennale. He enjoys trying new compositional tactics such as tracking color via webcam to manipulate sound and using cloud computing to allow real-time audience collaboration, but he still develops musical ideas at a piano.

He holds degrees from Drury University (BA) and the University of Oklahoma (MM, DMA), and has studied under composers Carlyle Sharpe, Marvin Lamb, Konstantinos Karathanasis, and Roland Barrett. He has participated in composition masterclasses with David Maslanka, Chris Brubeck, Benjamin Broening, and others. He has previously taught at the University of Oklahoma, Rose State College (OK), and Randall University (OK), and will be teaching at North Dakota State University in 2017. 

When not composing, Kyle researches the creative process as it pertains to music, and runs the musical workshop NoteForge through which he creates and maintains a variety of projects such as Liszt, a web-based conservatory management application. He'd be delighted if you checked out KyleVanderburg.com for more information.

Additional Biographies


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Graduate Research Assistant, University of Oklahoma, 2009-2014
Semi-Finalist, The American Prize in Composition, Chamber Music, Student Division, 2013
Ernest Trumble Award for Outstanding Graduate Term Paper in Music History or Ethnomusicology, 2013
International Computer Music Association Student Scholarship - ICMC 2012
First Prize, 2012 Luna Nova Music/Beethoven Club Composition Contest
Alice and Albert Kirkpatrick Scholarship in Composition, University of Oklahoma, 2012-2013
Ernest Trumble Award for Outstanding Graduate Term Paper in Music History or Ethnomusicology, 2012
Phi Kappa Phi, University of Oklahoma, 2012
ASCAPLUS, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mortar Board, Drury University, 2008-2009
Omicron Delta Kappa, Drury University, 2008-2009
Assistant Conductor of Drury Wind Symphony and Orchestra, 2007-2009
Dean’s List, Drury University, 2005-2009
Hoover Band Award, Drury University, 2009
Music Activity Grant, Drury University, 2005-2009


Curriculum Vitae and Resume

Also, I have digital versions of my education and experience.


Teaching materials may be found over at kylevanderburg.com/teaching.


Kyle Vanderburg's music is available through NoteForge. For more information about performing or commissioning my work, check out the Commissioning page.

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