Composer Kyle Shaw writes colorful, energetic music, in acoustic and electro-acoustic mediums, tailored to the people and circumstances of their occasions and informed by his experiences as a performing artist. A native of Dallas, Texas, he studied piano with Richard Shuster before pursuing undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University in composition and organ, where he studied with Michael Hicks, Steve Ricks, Christian Asplund, Neil Thornock, Don Cook, and Doug Bush. He received additional private lessons and masterclasses with Gail Archer, William O. Smith, Benjamin Ellin, David Rakowski, David Maslanka, Chaya Czernowin, and David Lang.
He has presented his scholarly work at the West Coast Conference of Music Theory and Analysis, the Intellectual Worlds of Johannes Brahms International Conference, and the Grawemeyer 30th anniversary conference; and his musical work at the SPLICE Institute, the University of Nebraska’s Chamber Music Institute, Electronic Music Midwest, the Studio 300 Digital Arts Festival, the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Electronic Music Eastern, the International Computer Music Conference, and the SEAMUS conference. His music can be heard on the SEAMUS miniatures recording series.
He has been a finalist for the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, a prize winner of the Belvedere Chamber Music Festival, the American Guild of Organists Composition Competition, and 1st-prize winner of the Iowa State University Carillon Composition Competition and the Vera Hinckley Mayhew Creative Arts Contest.
He has been commissioned by the Barlow Endowment, the 17th-annual 21st-Century Piano Competition, and has been a resident fellow at the Osage Arts Community’s Mid-Missouri Composers Symposium.
He earned his DMA from the University of Illinois, where he studied composition with Carlos Carrillo, Stephen Taylor, Heinrich Taube, Reynold Tharp, and electroacoustic music with Scott Wyatt and Eli Fieldsteel. He is currently assistant professor of music theory and composition at California State University, Bakersfield. kyleshawmusic.weebly.com