Kyle Rieger, born 1996, is an award-winning composer, conductor, and educator currently based out of Seaside, Oregon, where he serves as the Director of Bands for the Seaside School District. Rieger attended Truman State University, and graduated magna cum laude with his Bachelor of Music in Composition in 2018, where he studied with Dr. Charles Gran and Dr. Victor Marquez-Barrios. He later earned his Master of Arts (Instrumental Conducting) from the same institution in May of 2020 with perfect marks, studying conducting under Dr. Curran Prendergast where he aided in directing and administrating TSU’s concert and athletic bands. Lastly, Rieger earned his Master of Arts in Education (Music) from Truman in December of 2020 with perfect marks after student teaching with the Lindbergh School District, studying under Dr. Jocelyn Prendergast and mentored by Mrs. Chelsea Silvermintz. Previously, Rieger co-founded and conducted the Truman Woodwind Choir, served as drum major at the collegiate level for three years, and performed with multiple ensembles at conferences hosted by the Missouri Music Educators Association, the Missouri Bandmasters Association, and the International Clarinet Association.
Since graduating, Rieger has been an avid collaborator, taking on commissions from wind musicians, percussionists, string players, and conductors. He was the winner of the Percussive Arts Society's 2020 composition contest, was selected to have an original work played at the Society of Composers, Inc. Division VI conference in Commerce, Texas in 2019, and was named runner-up in the Sinta Quartet composition competition in 2020. His original works have been performed in North America, Europe, and Australia.
Rieger is an alumnus of the Upsilon Phi chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the Society of Composers Inc., and the National Education Association.