Dylan Findley (b. 1991) composes concert music. Dylan perceives music as a spiritual act, a portal to inspiration, energy, and intangible truth. As such, he enjoys the interplay between symbolism, perception of musical space and time, and the exploration of interesting sounds. In seeking for truth, his music is inspired by religion, nature, culture, and life experience.
Dylan's compositions range from free-flowing and improvisational to intense and striking. He has been awarded commissions by the Barlow Endowment, New American Voices, American Guild of Organists Student Commissioning Project, and the Barlow Student Composition Award. His music has been championed by Transient Canvas, members of the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, PULSE Trio, TransAmerican Duo, Frost Symphony Orchestra, and Brigham Young University's Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band. His works have been featured at the Blue Ridge Music Festival, ALBA Music Festival in Italy, Clarinova (a clarinetist-composer consortium), Atlantic Music Festival, Florida Electroacoustic Student Festival, Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival, and Utah Xtalk, and he will have a work performed at the West Fork New Music Festival by Great Noise Ensemble this September.
His teachers include Lansing McLoskey, Christian Asplund, Neil Thornock, Michael Hicks, Sam Richards, and University of Miami Composers-in-Residence Martin Bresnick, Stephen Hartke, and Augusta Read Thomas. He will attend the University of Missouri-Kansas City in the fall to pursue his Doctorate of Musical Arts, studying with composers Chen Yi, Zhou Long, Paul Rudy, and James Mobberley, and their composer-in-residence Jennifer Higdon.