Kyle Rowan

Kyle R.

Santee, CA

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Teaches students:
Ages 5+

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I am a freelance composer and clarinetist based in El Cajon, CA. I began studying clarinet 20 years ago, and I graduated with my BM from the University of Florida in 2007, where I studied with Mitchell Estrin, former second clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic. I subsequently earned my MM from the University of Illinois and my PhD from UC-San Diego in music composition, where I studied with Katharina Rosenberger.

As a clarinetist, my background is primarily in classical, orchestral, and contemporary music, and I've performed with the Gainesville (FL) Symphony, the Albany (GA) Symphony, and the La Jolla Symphony on clarinet and bass clarinet. I am currently a member of the San Diego-based ensemble Figmentum, playing clarinet and toy piano.

As a composer, my music has been performed throughout the United States and around the world. I write (mostly) acoustic chamber music, but I have experience with large ensembles and electronics as well. Currently I am working on pieces inspired by interactive fiction (online text adventure and choose-your-own-adventure stories).

I teach all ages and skills levels. Lessons are always tailored to the experience, interests, and goals of each individual student. What kind of music do you want to play? What kind of music do you want to write? We'll develop your specific program together.

In addition to music, I am a big fan of baseball, video games, and science fiction (especially Star Trek).

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Clarinetist/Toy Pianist
Jun 2017 - Present

Co-founder of contemporary music ensemble Figmentum, playing clarinet and toy piano

Guest Conductor
Jul 2016 - Present
Santee UMC Choir

Periodically substitute as conductor of the Santee UMC choir when the primary choir director is away.


PhD - Music Composition
Sep 2010 - Jun 2016
UC San Diego
MM - Music Composition
Aug 2007 - May 2009
Univ. of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
BM - Music Composition
Aug 2003 - May 2007
Univ. of Florida


Aug 2015

ASCAP is a membership association of more than 625,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. We uphold the value of our members’ music, and help them thrive alongside the businesses that use their music every day.

Society of Composers, Inc.
Aug 2015

SCI is an independent organization concerned with the fellowship, collaboration, career goals, and objectives of new and contemporary music composers and those interested in topics related to composition.

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