Dr. Tyler Harrison is an American composer, concert pianist, and music educator. As a composer, he has written works for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, orchestra, wind ensemble, and symphonic band. He has had performances with the San Francisco State University Wind Ensemble, the Contra Costa Wind Symphony, 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, the Manhattan School of Music Philharmonia, the CalArts Chamber Orchestra, Music Nova at University of Missouri-Kansas City, the Playground Ensemble, and more.
As a pianist, he has given solo performances of his own compositions, including his own Concertpiece for Piano and Orchestra and his Concerto for Piano, Winds, and Percussion. In 2018, he gave the world premiere of James DeHart's Piano Concerto No. 2: Images of the Pacific Northwest in Olympia, Washington. The concerto was written specifically for Tyler Harrison in collaboration with the composer.
Dedicated to music education, Tyler has taught private lessons in piano, composition, and music theory for the past twelve years. He currently has a studio of over 40 students a week in Palo Alto and Mountain View, California. 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 has a D.M.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder, a M.M. degree from Manhattan School of Music, and a B.M. degree from University of Montana. His composition teachers include the late David Maslanka, Carter Pann, Daniel Kellogg, Kevin Beavers, Susan Botti, J. Mark Stambaugh, and Charles Nichols. He studied piano with Steven Hesla, Christopher Hahn, and Lisa Moore. He is currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area.