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About Kyle Gullings

Dr. Kyle Gullings is a composer, educator, scholar, and administrator. As a versatile, collaborative composer of stage, vocal, and chamber works, his projects have traversed diverse social topics including space travel, nuclear weaponry, mortality, mental illness, and the American Dream. He has been recognized through the National Opera Association’s Chamber Opera Composition Competition (1 of 3 National Finalists) and the SCI/ASCAP Student Composition Competition (two-time Regional Winner), and has been performed across the country through the Kennedy Center’s Page to Stage Festival, John Duffy Composers Institute (now the John Duffy Institute for New Opera), Capital Fringe FestivalCollege Music Society, and Society of Composers, Inc.

Gullings joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Tyler in 2011, where he is currently Director of the School of Performing Arts (since 2019) and an associate professor. He is committed to improving and increasing access to undergraduate instruction in music theory and composition nationally. Gullings is a co-author of the free, online music theory textbook Open Music Theory Version 2, supported by a $30,000 Course Redesign Grant (now VIVA Open Course Grants) from Virginia’s Academic Library Consortium (VIVA). His free and editable collection of over 100 original lower-division music theory course documents, “Open Educational Resources for Undergraduate Music Theory,” is published on the peer-reviewed Resources page of the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy. His peer-reviewed articles appear in Engaging Students: Essays in Music Pedagogy and NACWPI Journal.

Gullings completed his D.M.A. in Composition at The Catholic University of America, where he was also the first recipient of their unique Stage Music Emphasis master’s degree. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Theory/Composition from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. He enjoys homebrewing, ultimate frisbee, and spending time with his wife Terra and their dogs Ollie and Buddy.

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Present Associate Professor, University of Texas at Tyler

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • National Finalist: 2012-2014 National Opera Association Chamber Opera Competition. One of three finalists nationwide, for the one-act opera "Oblivion", selections performed at NOA National Convention, Portland, OR - 2013
  • National Finalist: ASCAP/SCI Student Composition Commission for one-act opera, "Oblivion" - 2011
  • Selected Performance: New Voices @ CUA, a national vocal festival in Washington, D.C., for excerpts of one-act opera, "Oblivion" - 2010
  • National Finalist: ASCAP/SCI Student Composition Commission for art song, "in memoriam Hibakusha" - 2008
  • Composer Fellow: John Duffy Composers Institute, Virginia Arts Festival, Norfolk, VA. Excerpts from one-act musical "The Eden Diaries" selected for two-week workshop production with nationally-recognized composer/performer clinicians - 2007


  • MUSI3348: Composers Seminar
  • MUAPxx87: Composition
  • MUSI3342: Electronic Music
  • MUSI4342: Form and Analysis
  • MUSI2312: Music Theory IV
  • MUSI2311: Music Theory III
  • MUSI2312: Music Theory II
  • MUAP1311: Music Theory I


2011 D.M.A., The Catholic University of America
2007 M.M., The Catholic University of America ‐ Music
2005 B.M., Concordia College - Moorhead ‐ Music

Contact Information

Building: FAC 2220 (Center for the Musical Arts)
Phone: 903.566.7478

Research Works (2)

Presentations (13)