Tyler Kemp is a classically trained composer with a deep passion for developing new music. His compositional voice draws influence from classical composers Igor Stravinsky, Sergei Prokofiev, Benjamin Britten and Bela Bartok as well as modern composers Jennifer Higdon and Paul Moravec. He has studied under Patrick Houlihan, Rodney Rogers, James DeMars. and Jody Rockmaker.
Tyler’s new music has familiar tones or pitch, yet innovative stylistic variety with rich colors and interesting melodies which appeals to listeners of all abilities and challenges them to a new level of understanding. Preservation, an orchestral piece with three movements and a variety of orchestral colors, was performed by the Arizona State University Orchestra. In collaboration with the Phoenix Art Museum, Scattered Ashes included density and open space which matched the interesting story of the burnt building which it portrayed. A trumpet Sonata, Distance, was performed by Alex Wilson and Amy Fincher on the Arizona State University Campus. Tyler has an interest in operetta and ballet and recently composed Across the Creek, an operetta style picture of childhood innocence and the bittersweet of growing up.
A native of Missouri, Tyler received his undergraduate degree in music composition and music theory from Ouachita Baptist University and his Master of Musical Arts in Composition degree from Arizona State University. He is currently working toward his Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition.