News, Thoughts, Soapboxes, and/or Essays


Posted on Thursday February 1st, 2018 at 12:00 am by Kyle Vanderburg

Late last year, I launched OpenKyle, which was an experiment based on Austin Kleon's Show Your Work. It was a lot of fun, and it kept me motivated to push updates every day to YouTube while I worked on a saxophone and tape piece titled Austerity.

And then, I moved to the tape piece The Earth Shall Soon Dissolve Like Snow. And that got harder to update, as I'm on a limited SoundCloud account.

And then 2018 came, and the projects this year have been more collaborative, and it's not just my work that I'd be publishing online. So with that in mind, I'll be merging OpenKyle with the regular blog, and working to update this with more work-related things soon.

Tempest in a Teakettle selected for SEAMUS

Posted on Tuesday December 5th, 2017 at 3:17 pm by Kyle Vanderburg

University of Oregon 
School of Music

December 4, 2017

Kyle Vanderburg
=email omitted=

Submission number: omitted

Thank you for your submission to the SEAMUS 2018 National Conference at the University of Oregon.  Congratulations, Tempest in a Teakettle has been accepted for presentation at the conference.  Installations will be presented during the course of the conference and we will be in touch about the details.  Be advised that this acceptance does require that you bring the necessary performers and pre-sound reinforcement equipment.  If you requested that we provide performers or equipment, we will follow-up after we receive confirmation of your plans to attend the conference.

We will hold your position to present your work at the conference if, by Thursday, December 21, 2017, we receive confirmation from you regarding your plans to attend the conference.  This must be done by email to =email omitted=
Please include your submission number =omitted= in all communications.

Note 1: The programs have been developed using the timing for your work that you provided to the database and which was checked against your submitted materials.  Please appreciate that the allocation of time for rehearsal, sound checks, setups, and performance is of critical importance to the flow of the entire conference.  Revisions cannot be made to works resulting in an increased performance time.

Note 2: The deadline for receipt of all performance materials, and performer biographies is January 21, 2018.  If you are providing performers, you must provide their biographical information, even if you are certain they are performing for another composer.

Note 3: Attendance at the conference is required for your work to be presented.  Please register early using the online registration found at (notification will be sent when registration opens).  Conference registration fees are $160 for regular members, $80 for student members, and $180 for all non-members.  A late registration fee of $50 applies for registrations after February 28, 2018.  If circumstances require a late registration, please notify us that you still plan to attend.  Online late registration will be available until and at conference.  On-site registration will also accept cash or check at the late registration rate.

Note 4: The deadline for registering and paying for the Friday Banquet is February 28, 2018.  You will be able to register for and make meal selections as part of the registration site.  We anticipate the cost of the banquet will be $60. More information will be forthcoming.

Note 5: Works scheduled for Thursday performance may have a tech time scheduled for Wednesday evening.

We want to thank our pool of adjudicators who worked diligently and quickly to provide their evaluations of over 400 submissions:  Alyssa Aska, Elizabeth Baker, Mark Ballora, Matt Barber, Brian Belet, Christopher Biggs, Courtney Brown, Lou Bunk, Gil Dori, Frank Ekeberg, Jason Fick, Lyn Goeringer, Akiko Hatakeyama, Aurie Hsu, Simon Hutchinson, Nick Hwang, Grace Leslie, Paola Lopreiato, Barry Moon, Benjamin O'Brien, Ryan Olivier, Olga Oseth, Melissa Pausina, Sean Peuquet, Baljinder Sekhon, Jacob Sudol, Ben Sutherland, Dan VanHassel, Jorge Variego, Kirsten Volness, Chi Wang, Kristina Warren, Emilie Weibel, and Mark Zaki.

Finally, we would like to add to the recognition of your work by the conference selection committee our personal congratulations.  We look forward to seeing you at the conference.
Most Cordially,

Jeffrey Stolet and Akiko Hatakeyama, co-hosts

School of Music and Dance
1225 University of Oregon, Eugene OR 97403-1225

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August, September, and October Project Updates

Posted on Thursday November 9th, 2017 at 1:43 am by Kyle Vanderburg

The past three months have been full of change--and thankfully, writing. I've been adjusting to North Dakota (brr!), adjusting to NDSU (go bison!), adjusting to marriage (!!!), and finally finishing the saxophone piece. And playing more bassoon.>


This semester I'm teaching Music Entrepreneurship and Instrumental Arranging at NDSU, which has been fantastic! It's the perfect blend of classes I enjoy teaching and student engagement. Unfortunately, I was hired a little too close to the beginning of the semester to have a composition studio, but there is a healthy culture of creativity going on already (it reminds me a lot of Drury), so there's a lot of composing going on under the radar. Now I just have to tap into that.>

Oh and I'm playing bassoon in Wind Symphony. It's good to be playing again, even if all our music for the December concert is all fast Czech stuff that requires lots of practice.>

Saxophone Piece - Austerity>

It's finished, it's finished, it's finally finished! I think I learned more about how to write (or not write) in that piece than I have for a few years. There's no reason it should have taken that long. It's been shipped off to Andrew Allen at Midwestern State University, and hopefully we'll have it performed at NASA this spring.>


October was full of travel, starting out with the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers conference at Fresno Pacific University (which was terrifically fun and edifying and I hope I'll be back next year), and moving on to the NDSU Wind Symphony Tour of North Dakota (Jamestown, Mandan, Beulah, Bismarck, Minot, Bottineau, and Grand Forks), and then immediately to the last few days of the College Music Society national conference in San Antonio.>

Creativity November>

…is in full swing, with this year's piece (tentatively) titled The Earth shall soon dissolve like snow. More on that later.>

Website Version 16>

This will be fun. It's coming soon!>