Tyler Todd Kimmel is a first year doctoral of musical arts student at the University of Washington. He was born and raised in Seattle, where he currently works as a collaborative performing artist and educator.
Passionate about music and theater, he has sought opportunities to maintain both mediums in his life. He currently serves as a director of performing arts at Seattle Christian School, where he has grown the secondary choir programs and restarted the theater department. He also works with local professional and youth theater companies in their production and education departments, and works as a freelance actor and musician. As a composer, he has written several chamber pieces and solo works, two musicals, three film scores, and premiered incidental music for two plays at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. He is also an avid arranger, continually re-visioning and adapting works for his secondary choirs, and runs a voice and piano studio in south Seattle.
Before moving back to Seattle, Tyler served on the adjunct music faculty at his alma mater, Pepperdine University, where he music directed and conducted the orchestra for musical theater and coached voice students. While pursuing a masters degree in composition at Florida International University (FIU), he served as an undergraduate composition teacher, and was an assistant conductor of the FIU Symphony under international conductor, Gzregorz Nowak.
Tyler is a member of the National Association for Music Educators and the American Choral Directors Association. He is passionate about performing arts education for secondary students, and loves hiking, running, skiing, and watching hockey.