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Kyle Simpson


Kyle Simpson, composer, trumpet player, and bandleader, is a graduate from Lawrence Conservatory of Music in Appleton, WI and The University of Montana in Missoula, MT.  His composition teachers were Fred Sturm at Lawrence and Charles Nichols at The University of Montana.  Simpson has written many works for large jazz groups, chamber jazz groups, solo trumpet, synthesized electronic music, Orchestra, and Wind Ensemble.  His compositions have been featured at the Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival in Missoula, where he also performed with Lew Soloff and Paquito D'Rivera. Other compositions have been featured at the Fête de la Musique Ile d'Yeu, France(2011), Uzmah Upbeat Croatia (2014), Charlotte New Music Festival (2013),  Ostrava Days Czech Republic (2011), and The Henry Mancini Institute(2006), Los Angeles. Simpson’s music has been described as, “lively with rhythmic vitality” and also, “lyrical with a brooding elegance.”

Simpson currently resides outside of Pittsburgh, PA where he is an Assistant Professor teaching instrumental music at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, PA. He is also presently in the DMA program in composition at West Virginia University studying with Dr. Joseph Dangerfield and Dr. Sarana Chou.







September 7th 2018 at 7:30pm, Olin Fine Arts Center, Washington, PA. Kyle Simpson Jazz Collective will present a concert of new music at Washington & Jefferson College. Admission is free.

September 23rd 2018 at 3:00pm, Heinz Memorial Chapel, Pittsburgh, PA. Kyle Simpson Jazz Collective will share their music with the Oakland neighborhood. Admission is free/ suggested donation $5.


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In this section you can read about the different projects in which Kyle has participated.

 Premiere of new orchestral work that highlights Pittsburgh's history

Premiere of new orchestral work that highlights Pittsburgh's history

Premiere with Washington, PA Symphony

In 2012 Kyle Simpson premiered his symphonic work with the Washington PA Symphony. THe piece was called "They Stepped Through the Fire."

 Kyle Simpson releases newest jazz album

Kyle Simpson releases newest jazz album

W&J professor releases jazz album

During his undergraduate studies at Lawrence Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wis., Washington & Jefferson College assistant professor of music Kyle Simpson had one goal: He wanted to be the best at music with the hope that it would take him places in the competitive industry.

 Collaboration with actor/director Tom Kurlander

Collaboration with actor/director Tom Kurlander


W&J Assistant Professor of Music Kyle Simpson, along with Pittsburgh-based musician and filmmaker Tom Kurlander, is composing the music for 21Voices: Touched by Alzheimer’s. Kurlander is producing this new documentary to raise awareness about how Alzheimer’s affects families and caregivers as well as patients. The film will feature twenty-one interviewees chosen for their distinct purview and experience with Alzheimer’s and dementia, including patients, families, caretakers, first responders and researchers.

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Something In Between

by Kyle Simpson Jazz Collective

Newest Release featuring original composition with big band and chamber groups.

Current Film & Media Scoring Projects:

Carnegie Science Center Promo: Science on the Road,

Music by Kyle Simpson

Van Gogh in Motion scored by Kyle Simpson

This video art is so beautiful, I decided try my own score to this already beautiful work. The original music in the video is incredible, gorgeous, and very fitting. In no way was this attempt to outdo the original, but I was so moved by the images, I wanted to write some music for it.

Aftermath short film by John Cantine

Here's a short film I helped score, creating Beginning and End credits for director John Cantine's film Aftermath. Featuring performances by the Freya Quartet.

Reference Point webseries by John Cantine

I have been scoring the webseries created by Pittsburgh Filmmakers Director John Cantine: Check out Season 1, Season 2 is also now available as well. Reference Point Series.

Synopsis of Season 1: When Zannie West (Alex April) is hired as librarian at a small arts school, she finds herself surrounded by a whole workplace of wacky neighbors, including her boss Bill Dailey (Frank D. Wilson). With the help of her new friend Tori (Cassidy Adkins) can she bring order to the library, or is there more going on than meets the eye?

Reference Point is a web series created by John Cantine, Samantha Rayward, and Erin Sanderson.

This has been really fun and exciting to score. Season 1 presents lots of different challenges than Season 2, you'll have to watch it to see all the different aspects between the two seasons.

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Composer for Podcast:

Science News and Questions (SNAQ)

Carnegie Science Center Production: Hosted by Charissa Sedor and Ralph Crewe

Podcast can be found by clicking on the button below: