Dylan Findley (b. 1991) writes music as a sacred act of expressing intangible truths through emotion. As such, he enjoys the interplay between symbolism, perception of musical space and time, and the exploration of interesting sounds. For this reason, Dylan’s work spans from loosely structured improvisations to complex and meticulous allegorical works.
He has been awarded commissions by the Barlow Endowment, the São Paulo Contemporary Composers Festival Orchestra Commissioning Project, New American Voices, American Guild of Organists Student Commissioning Project, and the Barlow Student Composition Award. His music has been championed by newEar, Transient Canvas, Quarteto L'Arianna with Pedro Gadelha, Ensemble Mise-En, Great Noise Ensemble, members of the Cleveland Orchestra, PULSE Trio, TransAmerican Duo, Frost Symphony Orchestra, and Brigham Young University's Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band. His works have been performed on three continents, being featured at the São Paulo Contemporary Composers Festival (Brazil), Oh My Ears Festival (Phoenix), June in Buffalo (New York), Exchange of Midwestern Collegiate Composers Conference (Iowa), Blue Ridge Music Festival (Georgia), ALBA Music Festival (Italy), Clarinova (Miami), National Student Electronic Music Event (Texas), Region VI Conference of the Society of Composers, Inc. (Kansas), Atlantic Music Festival (Maine), Florida Electroacoustic Student Festival (Miami), Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival (NYC), Utah Xtalk (Salt Lake City), and the West Fork New Music Festival (West Virginia).
His teachers include Paul Rudy, Chen Yi, James Mobberley, Zhou Long, 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 currently attends the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he is finishing his Doctorate of Musical Arts.