Artist Bio #8: Bryce Craig, Percussionist

Bryce Craig earned a B.M. in Music Composition summa cum laude from Kansas State University and an M.M. in Music Composition at Central Michigan University. His current and former composition teachers include Keith Larson, Craig Weston, David Gillingham, and Jay Batzner. He works as a free-­lance composer, private theory/composition instructor, and as Staff Composer/Arranger for the Kansas City Youth Percussion Ensemble.

Bryce’s works have been performed nationwide at events such as the 2013 National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy, the 2015 PARMA New Music Festival, and numerous Society of Composers, Inc. regional conferences. His orchestral overture Tracks was selected as the winner of the 2014 James and Paula Nelson Young Composer Award and was premiered by the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra. Bryce is particularly interested in the area of dance music and recently completed a ballet in collaboration with choreographer Laura Donnelly and physicist Amit Chakrabarti dealing with the physics of crystals.

Bryce is also active as a freelance percussionist and percussion instructor, performing primarily on the MalletKAT MIDI controller. He maintains an active teaching studio in the Kansas City metropolitan area and additionally works as Front Ensemble Instructor/Arranger for the Blue Valley Southwest Emerald Regiment Marching Band.