About Kyle Vanderburg


Composer and Sound Artist 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 walks the line between eliciting nostalgia and devising innovative sonic worlds. His electronic works often play with familiar sounds in new contexts (like duct tape that brings about the apocalypse or rockets powered by steam); his acoustic works feature memorable melodies and a very fluid sense of time.

Kyle's music has been heard abroad at conferences and festivals including the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYCEMF), the Symposium on Acoustic Ecology, the Matera Intermedia (MA/IN) Festival, the Diffrazioni Festival, Festival Futura, the North American Saxophone Alliance, ClarinetFest, Sonorities, and at other events across Europe, Australia, and the Americas. Some of his recent inspirations have included the sorts of correspondence received by poetry journals (Letters to the Poetry Editor, with texts by Mark Vinz), NASA's Arcstone project to measure lunar reflectivity (Calibrating the Moon), the American political system (Earmarks), and the snow in Fargo (Drift, Thaw, The Earth Shall Soon Dissolve Like Snow)

He holds degrees from Drury University (AB) and the University of Oklahoma (MM, DMA), studying 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 also holds a certificate in publishing from North Dakota State University.

His research interests include composition pedagogy and music publishing, and he has presented talks at the Aspen Composers Conference, the VU Symposium, and regional and national conferences of the College Music Society. He has previously served on the faculty at the University of Oklahoma, Rose State College (OK), Randall University (OK), and Valley City State University (ND). He is a voting member of the International Music Camp corporation and serves on the board of the Fargo-Moorhead Area Youth Symphonies.

He currently serves as Composer in Residence at North Dakota State University's Challey School of Music, and he'd be delighted if you checked out KyleVanderburg.com to learn more.

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