the music of Elyse Kahler

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Elyse Kahler (b. 1988) holds a Bachelor of Music in Composition and with All Level Certification from West Texas A&M University and a Master of Arts from the University of North Texas. During her time at UNT and WTAMU, she has studied with Alexis Bacon, BJ Brooks, Christopher Moore, Joelle Wallach, and William Coble. Currently, she is pursuing a doctorate in Music Composition with Peter Fischer and Mei-Fang Lin at Texas Tech University, where she also teaches music theory.

Elyse writes for a variety of ensembles and levels, and has particular interests in fun and engaging music for middle school students and inspiring music for the modern church. Other recent projects include a chamber work for Bent Frequency, based in Atlanta, GA (through the Charlotte New Music Festival) and a clarinet quartet for 15:19 ensemble in Pavia, Italy (through the highSCORE Festival).

Elyse is a member of the Equinox New Music Collective, a group dedicated to bringing contemporary music to new audiences.

Selected Works

The Meeting of Strangers, song cycle for soprano and piano, 2016

The Ides of March, mixed chamber, 2016

Clarinet Quartet No. 2 "Transformations, SATB and organ, 2016

Four Miniatures for Beginner Clarinet, clarinet and live electronics, 2015

Equinox: Spring, piano and percussion quartet, 2015

The Open Table, piano, 2014

Two Companion Pieces for Brass Ensemble, 2013

Before the Throne, SATB and percussion, 2012

Recent and Upcoming Performances

Perspective,Lubbock, TX 3/7/18

The Meeting of Strangers, Lubbock, TX 11/7/17

Psalm 17, Lubbock, TX 8/6/17

Spirit Dance, Lubbock, TX 6/4/17

Hear Our Prayer Lubbock, TX 3/1/17

Four Miniatures for Beginner Clarinet, Lubbock, TX 11/4/16

Clarinet Quartet No. 2, highSCORE Festival, Pavia Italy, 8/11/16. Performed by 15.19 Ensemble.

The Ides of March, Charlotte New Music Festival, Charlotte, NC. Performed by Bent Frequency. 6/15/16

The Open Table, Lubbock, TX 4/1/16

Sommerlieches Dreieck, Lubbock, TX 3/6/16


Equinox: Spring
Two Companion Pieces for Brass Ensemble
The Ides of March
Clarinet Quartet No. 2