Tyler Harrison

About Tyler Harrison

Tyler Harrison is an American composer of numerous works for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, orchestra, wind ensemble, and symphonic band. He has had performances with the Manhattan School of Music Philharmonia, the CalArts Chamber Orchestra, the University of Colorado Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band, the University of Arizona Wind Symphony, the Minot State University Concert Band, the University of Puget Sound Wind Symphony, Music Nova at University of Missouri-Kansas City, the Playground Ensemble, and more. As a composer, Tyler has received many honors and awards. Within months of its September 2014 premiere, numerous ensembles continue to program Gospels for Vlade, his set of gospel-song arrangements for symphonic band. Last year, he was named a finalist for the 2014 Intimacy of Creativity Workshops in Hong Kong, China with his String Quartet. In 2012, his Concerto for Piano, Winds, and Percussion was awarded the George Lynn Prize for Best Composition for Wind Ensemble at the University of Colorado. A year later, his piano concerto was selected for performance out of over 70 submissions for the 2014 SCI Region VIII Conference at University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. The concerto was recently performed and recorded for Albany Records at University of Arizona during a three-day guest artist residency. Dedicated to music education, Tyler has taught private lessons in piano, composition, and music theory for the past six years. From 2011 to 2014, he also worked as a graduate instructor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, teaching the class composition course for non-music and performance majors. Tyler recently completed his doctorate at University of Colorado at Boulder. He holds a Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree from University of Montana. His teachers include David Maslanka, Carter Pann, Daniel Kellogg, Kevin Beavers, Susan Botti, J. Mark Stambaugh, and Charles Nichols. He is currently based in Los Angeles, where he works for film composer, Christopher Young, and freelances as an orchestrator and copyist.

David Maslanka and the Natural World: Three Studies of Music for Wind Ensemble (2014)

By |May 12th, 2015|

Kate Sutton’s Master’s thesis is a study on David’s Third, Fourth, and Ninth Symphonies with special emphasis on their themes on nature. She explores the influence that moving to Missoula, Montana had on David for Symphony No. 3, his connection to the “powerful voice of the Earth” in Symphony No. 4, and the themes of […]

Maslanka Symphony No. 5: Conducting Via Lucid Analysis Technique (2005)

By |September 30th, 2014|

Dr. Christopher Werner’s doctoral dissertation uses David’s Symphony No. 5 as a means of exploring a new score study and conducting performance method, the Lucid Analysis Technique, which is of his own creation. As explained in the dissertation, Werner’s technique takes various musical events and elements in Symphony No. 5 and uses them as symbols for use […]

Expressive Interpretation in David Maslanka’s “Eternal Garden: Four Songs for Clarinet and Piano” (2013)

By |June 10th, 2014|

Dr. Kimberly Wester’s doctoral dissertation on David’s Eternal Garden focuses on the expressive interpretation of the work, providing performance considerations and an overview of research on music and emotion. Biographical information on David is also included with information on his creative process, as well as discussions with the commissioner of the work, Dr. Peggy Dees-Moseley.

Expressive Interpretation in David Maslanka’s […]

Music for an Atomic Age: David Maslanka’s “Eternal Garden: Four Songs for Clarinet and Piano” (2014)

By |June 3rd, 2014|

Dr. Kip Franklin’s doctoral dissertation on David’s Eternal Garden: Four Songs for Clarinet and Piano begins with an overview of David’s life, his compositional style, and the commissioning process for this work. Part two presents a thorough analysis of each of the four songs, followed by transcripts of interviews with the composer and a list of David’s […]

The Use of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Chorales in David Maslanka’s Quintet for Winds No. 3 for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, and Bassoon (2013)

By |June 2nd, 2014|

Elisa Moles’ thesis on David’s third Quintet for Winds focuses specifically on his use of Bach chorales. Her thorough analysis of the quintet displays David’s use of chorales as an integral part of the composition. Through her research, she explains David’s incorporation of thematic, harmonic, and formal chorale elements as a catalyst for his original composition, using […]

David Maslanka’s Symphony No. 3: A Relational Treatise on Commissioning, Composition, and Performance (2004)

By |June 1st, 2014|

Dr. Brenton Alston’s doctoral dissertation on David’s Symphony No. 3 focuses on how the work came to be commissioned and David’s compositional approach to writing the work. The research presents a thorough analysis of each of the composition’s five movements with concluding performance considerations. Finally, the appendices provide interview transcripts, facsimiles of the original program notes, an article […]

A Conductor’s Examination of Three Concertos with Wind Ensemble (2012)

By |June 1st, 2014|

Dr. Travis Cross’ doctoral dissertation includes a chapter on David’s Song Book for Flute and Wind Ensemble and a transcript of an interview with the composer. His research presents an analysis of the Song Book’s formal structure, harmonic scheme, and use of Bach chorales. Cross further discusses David’s approach to writing the work, the interaction between the […]

An Analytical Study of David Maslanka’s A Child’s Garden of Dreams (1994)

By |May 31st, 2014|

The five movements of A Child’s Garden of Dreams are inspired by five dreams selected from Carl Jung’s Man and His Symbols. Dr. David Booth’s doctoral dissertation on A Child’s Garden of Dreams provides an analysis of each of the work’s five movements as a narrative. Booth’s explanations of musical gestures and structure in the composition reference the five dreams while providing the context of […]

The Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano (1988) by David Maslanka: An Analytical and Performance Guide (2007)

By |May 21st, 2014|

Dr. Camille Olin’s doctoral dissertation on David’s Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano provides a performer’s guide to the sonata, as well as an analysis of the harmonic structure, harmonic language, and unifying features of the work. An interview with David is also included, providing a discussion of the work from the composer’s perspective.

The Sonata for Alto Saxophone […]

A Conductor’s Insight Into Performance and Interpretive Issues in Give Us This Day by David Maslanka (2010)

By |May 21st, 2014|

Dr. Lauren Ann Denney Wright’s doctoral dissertation on Give Us This Day focuses on the technical, expressive, and interpretive issues a conductor might face when programming this work. The dissertation also gives a brief biographical sketch, a discussion of David’s compositional process, and the history of how this work came to be written.

A Conductor’s Insight Into […]

David Maslanka’s Symphony No. 7 : An Examination of Analytical, Emotional, and Spiritual Connections Through a “Maslankian” Approach (2011)

By |May 21st, 2014|

Lane Weaver’s doctoral dissertation on David’s Symphony No. 7 provides an analysis of each movement while providing an inside look into the creation of this symphony. The author also provides thorough biographical information and an extensive discussion of the “Maslankian” approach to composition.

David Maslanka’s Symphony No. 7 : An Examination of Analytical, Emotional, and Spiritual […]

David Maslanka’s Use of a Chorale Tune in “In Memoriam” (2000)

By |April 2nd, 2014|

Dr. Roy Breiling’s doctoral dissertation covers the use of the chorale tune “Wer nur den lieben Gott lasst walten” (“If you but trust in God to guide you”) in David’s composition, In Memoriam. The author also includes biographical information as well as an overview of David’s compositional approach and how it relates to his musical style.

David Maslanka’s Use of a […]

An Examination of David Maslanka’s Marimba Concerti: Arcadia II for Marimba and Percussion Ensemble and Concerto for Marimba and Band: A Lecture Recital (1999)

By |March 31st, 2014|

Dr. Michael Varner’s lecture recital on David’s marimba concerti gives an analysis of the musical structure and marimba techniques in Arcadia II and the Concerto for Marimba and Band. The lecture provides insight into influences that have contributed to David’s unique approach to writing for marimba and gives an overview of the wealth of repertoire he has written for this instrument.

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David Maslanka’s Desert Roads, Four Songs for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble: An Analysis and Performer’s Guide (2011)

By |March 24th, 2014|

Dr. Joshua Mietz’ doctoral dissertation on David’s first clarinet concerto, Desert Roads, provides a comprehensive analysis and helpful advice to soloists and conductors performing the work. The author also includes thoroughly researched biographical information essential to understanding the evolution of David’s composing from his early career to the creation of this concerto.

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David Maslanka’s Symphony No. 4: A Conductor’s Analysis with Performance Considerations (2002)

By |March 19th, 2014|

Dr. Stephen Bolstad’s dissertation on David’s Symphony No. 4 gives a thorough analysis and helpful advice to conductors. The author also includes a brief biographical sketch and provides insight into David’s unique compositional approach to this work.

David Maslanka’s Symphony No. 4: A Conductor’s Analysis with Performance Considerations

In the last two decades of […]