Dylan Findley (b. 1991), an Illinois native, composes concert music. Dylan sees music as a gateway to inspiration, energy, and intangible truths, and as such, he explores new ways to channel and focus music's power. He asks: How do sounds interact with emotion? How does music reveal truth? How does a person vicariously experience emotion and truth as sound interacts with time? 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. His music has won the 2017 Frost School of Music Concerto Competition Composition Award, a 2016 Barlow LDS Commission, the 2016 American Guild of Organists Student Commissioning Project Award, the 2016 New American Voices Competition Award, the 2015 Barlow Student Commission Award, two Vera Mayhew Creative Arts Awards (2014, 2015), and finalist recognition by the Morton Gould Young Composers Award (2009, 2014). Dylan participated in the 2016 Atlantic Music Festival, 2015 Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival, and 2014 Beijing Modern Music Festival and will attend the 2017 ALBA Music Festival in Italy. His greatest influences come from his teachers Lansing McLoskey, Martin Bresnick, Stephen Hartke, Christian Asplund, Neil Thornock, Michael Hicks, and Sam Richards. He just graduated from the University of Miami and will begin doctoral studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in August.