Kyle Pederson is equally at home as a pianist, educator, lyricist, and composer.
His first album, Renewal, a collection of acoustic arrangements of traditional hymns arranged for piano, violin, cello, guitar, oboe and percussion, was chosen as one of the top albums of the year by Mainly Piano in 2010. 12.25, an album of piano solo arrangements of Christmas carols/hymns, was released in 2012 and listed as high as #4 in ZMR national radio airplay monthly charts. Tracks from both projects continue to have life on radio and internet stations worldwide, and both albums are available for download on iTunes.
In 2014, Kyle dove headlong into his life-long passion for choral music and has received awards from such choral ensembles as Cerddorion (NY), Little Singers of Armenia, and the International Lutheran Youth Choir. Commissions have included the TAISM international high school choral festival, AMIS international high school and middle school honor choirs, MN All-State SA choir, Choral Arts Initiative, and a variety of school, church, and community choruses. Commercial recordings of Kyle’s works include New Choral Voices Volume II and III, released by Ablaze Records, featuring emerging composers in the choral field, and KC VITAs Chamber Choir.
Pederson earned his MFA in music composition from Vermont College of Fine Arts, an MA in Education from University of St Thomas (MN), and his BA from Augustana University (SD). In additional to a variety of freelance projects, Kyle works part time in the music ministry at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville, MN, where he composes and arranges music for a variety of services. Most of Kyle's works are self-published, with select pieces published by Walton, Santa Barbara, Carl Fischer, Galaxy, and MusicSpoke.
Choral Awards and Commissions
American Prize Choral Composition Division, 2019, Finalist
Ithaca Choral Composition Competition, 2019, Finalist
For Bend, SATB a cappella and Heartbeat, SATB with piano and djembe
MN-ACDA All State SSAA Choir, commission, 2018
TBD piece, to be premiered in August, 2020
AMIS International High School Honors Choir, SATB, commission, 2018
TBD piece, to be premiered in March, 2020
Choral Arts Initiative, commission, 2018
For Remember the Children, SATB, piano and drum accompaniment
TAISM International High School Choral Festival, commission, 2018
For Hands are Knockin', These Hands Know a Better Way, and Silver Linings, SATB, piano accompaniment
Lakeville High School Men's Chorus, commission, 2018
For Bringers of Noise, TB with piano and taiko drums
Beau Chant, commission, 2017
For Repeat the Joy, SATB with piano, premiered at the MN ACDA convention
Little Singers of Armenia Choral Competition, Winner, 2016
For Psallite, SSAA, a cappella
Cerddorion Emerging Composers Choral Competition (NYC), 2nd Place, 2016
For Stars, SATB, a cappella
Elysian Singers Psalm-setting Competition (London), Semi-finalist, 2016
For Psalm 56, SATB, a cappella
International Lutheran Youth Choir Choral Competition, Winner, 2015
For Christ, Be Born in Us, SATB, piano accompaniment
TAISM International High School Choral Festival, commission, 2015
For Kooloona Wahed, SATB, piano accompaniment
AMIS International Middle School Honor Choir, commission, 2016
For Kooloona Wahed, SAB version, piano accompaniment
What others are saying about Kyle
Philip Spencer, founding conductor of International Lutheran Youth Choir:
“integrity of original text; independent yet supportive nature of the piano accompaniment; effective contrast of the second subject against the melody in the male voices; and contemporary flavor of the choral writing, without sounding formulaic or derivative.”
Peter Clark, Bearded review
“12.25 is a beautifully simple record, yet the talents of Kyle Pederson turn it into an exquisite, spellbinding one. These new musical arrangements capture the heartbreaking sadness and desolation that some of these tracks encompass, and the skill to which the recordings are delivered show Kyle to be a master of his art.”
Alejandro Clavijo, Founder & Editor, Reviews New Age
“Since “December” by George Winston I have not heard those impossibly lovely chords sounding from a piano. Kyle has secured a revival of those moments but with his own character. He uses his abilities in the jazz field to “rework” the melodies of the most famous carols, and in doing so makes listening to them a continuous surprise and a true wonder.
Mainly Piano…Kathy Parsons
"The melodies are intact, but the stylings and instrumentation make them sound original and contemporary without changing the spiritual quality of the songs. I was enchanted by this album the first time I listened to it, and my appreciation of it continues to grow. The gorgeous, flowing arrangements create an exquisite listening experience whether or not you are looking for hymns to listen to. The music is graceful, soothing, and warmly inviting – a breathtaking treat for the ears, soul, and spirit!"
Mark Tucker, Acoustic music Exchange
"Pederson’s arrangement is particularly salient of why this collective cannot be deemed ecclesiastical: the leap of the refrain from its trad confines into a higher plane of freedom would never be countenanced by Jesus mercantiles or authoritarian preacher councils. Nonetheless, there’s still the whispering air of times past and modes now foregone, the memory of what was, mixed with a more unfettered élan…" (Kyle's note: I don't know what this means??)
High school singers from TAISM International choral festival:
* You have universes in your mind. Shaikha
* Thank you so much for giving us a spark to bring more light into this world. Sara H.
* Thank you for your beautiful contribution to our lives with Kooloona Wahed. I loved the rich meaning and the chance to sing the low notes. I hope you continue to inspire the world with your work. Ethan B.
“Something sounded funny there.”
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