Dr. 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. 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 also 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 has a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He also has 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 the Bay Area, where he works as a composer, pianist, and music teacher.