Robert Kyr – Composer-in-residence at Walden School

Robert Kyr
Robert Kyr

The Walden School Young Musicians Program’s composer-in-residence Robert Kyr, the chair of the composition department at the University of Oregon, will be joining the school for a discussion of his work on Sunday, July 30th, in the Fountain Arts Building on the campus of The Dublin School.

The Walden School, founded in 1972, is an acclaimed summer music school and festival offering programs that emphasize creative application, specifically through the study of musicianship, improvisation, and composition. In residence on the beautiful campus of the Dublin School in Dublin, New Hampshire, the school provides an inspiring retreat-like environment ideal for creative music making. The School’s programs include the Young Musicians Program for students ages 9 to 18, the Teacher Training Institute for music educators, and the Creative Musicians Retreat for adults.

Robert Kyr, has composed twelve symphonies, three chamber symphonies, three violin concerti, and numerous works for vocal ensemble of all types, both unaccompanied and accompanied, including many large-scale works for which he wrote or co-wrote the text, including: A Time for Life (an environmental oratorio, 2007); The Passion according to Four Evangelists (1995); and three choral symphonies—From Creation Unfolding (No. 8, 1998), The Spirit of Time (No. 9, 2000), and Ah Nagasaki: Ashes into Light (No. 10, 2005). Many of his works are inspired by the problems of war and peace – for example, he envisioned and implemented ‘Waging Peace through Singing’ (2000-02), a global initiative that encouraged the creation and dissemination of an international repertoire of choral music composed on peace-related texts. Kyr holds a BA from Yale University, an MA from The University of Pennsylvania, an a PhD from Harvard University, and has held teaching positions in composition and theory at Yale University, UCLA, Hartt School of Music, and Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, Aspen Music School, and the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Source: Presentation by Robert Kyr, composer-in-residence

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