Empire City Men's Chorus' Composer-in-Residence Program provides a developmental path for today’s most promising choral and instrumental composers. The resident composer is chosen on a competitive basis, and through ECMC the selected composers are offered a unique springboard through which they can express and foster their artistry, including world premieres and recordings of their works at ECMC concerts. We see this as both outreach that directly supports ECMC's mission of fostering modern choral composition and as opportunity for those who are also personally aspiring to do so.
In ECMC's 2015-2016 season we hosted Kyle Randall, the winner of the 2015 American Prize in Composition (Student Category), and presented three world premieres of his original composition, including a brooding and melodic shanty-style Shelter Song (2015), a rich, multi-colored adaptation of the traditional Lo, How a Rose E're Blooming (2015), and a harmonically compelling setting of an ancient text that speaks to the value of knowledge and experience in De Brevitate Vitae (Gaudeamus Igitur) (2016).
KYLE RANDALL – 2015-2016 COMPOSER-IN-RESIDENCE
Kyle Randall is an internationally performed composer of a wide variety of music, currently living in San Francisco, California. Born and raised in the forests of New Hampshire, he began his composition career in front of the piano at age ten and has composed prolifically ever since, writing in a wide variety of genres encompassing concert music, film scores, dance suites, musical theater, electronic dance music, jazz, and alternative rock.
In all of his music, Kyle strives for vividness and sincerity. His work often evokes strong notions of color, motion, and space, and he uses these to create compelling pieces that exist in their own worlds, each with their own character and a strong sense of place. Listeners have commented on Kyle's directness and clarity of expression, and appreciate his willingness to draw on the past as well as the present in his writing. In many ways, he represents a new generation of 21st Century composers who value a fresh expressionism in their music and who do not feel bound to intellectually justify every artistic decision they make, nor to subscribe to any historically-dictated philosophy. Instead, he chooses to draw on whichever influences a piece may call for, and writes music tailored for anyone who might decide to listen.
Kyle's compositions have been performed across the country and abroad, in such renowned venues as Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium, La Schola Cantorum in Paris, the Oregon Bach Festival, and Harvard's Memorial Hall. He has worked with prominent groups such as Choral Chameleon and the Harvard Glee Club, as well as influential conductors including Matthew Oltman, Craig Hella Johnson, and Vince Peterson. Kyle's awards include the Francis Boott Prize for Choral Composition and a John Knowles Paine Fellowship at Harvard, a finalist position for the ASCAP Morton Gould award, first prize in San Francisco Conservatory's biennial art song competition, and he is currently a finalist for the prestigious American Prize in composition for the Kyrie of his recent New Gothic Mass.
After studying at Phillips Exeter Academy, Kyle received a Bachelor's in Music from Harvard University, where he studied composition with Chaya Czernowin, Hans Tutschku, and Richard Beaudoin. He has also attended summer programs including the Choral Chameleon Composer's Workshop, the European American Musical Alliance composition program, and the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium, studying with David Conte, Vince Peterson, Philip Lasser, and Robert Kyr. He has a Masters degree in composition from San Francisco Conservatory, where he studied with David Garner, and has since studied additionally with prominent media industry composers Lennie Moore, Clint Bajakian, Dren McDonald, and Austin Wintory. For more information you are encouraged to visit www.kylerandall.com