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About Kyle Gullings

Kyle Gullings is a versatile, collaborative composer of stage, vocal, and chamber works whose 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, 2010-2012) 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 FestivalJohn Duffy Composers InstituteCapital Fringe FestivalCollege Music Society, and Society of Composers, Inc.

Dr. Gullings joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Tyler in 2011, where he is currently an associate professor committed to improving and increasing access to undergraduate instruction in music theory and composition nationally. Chief among these efforts is his ongoing development of open educational resources for the lower-division Music Theory sequence. Dr. 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, playing Ultimate frisbee, and spending time with his wife Terra and their dogs Ollie and Buddy.


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)