August 2017 graduate Kyle Pederson has found success with his recent piece “Can We Sing the Darkness to Light”. The piece was recently performed by the prestigious St. Olaf Chapel Choir. St. Olaf is a premiere liberal arts college, particularly noted for their music program. The Chapel Choir is part of a long, grand tradition of choral music at St. Olaf’s, and performs for worship services, the St. Olaf Christmas Festival, and more. Their work has been broadcast nationally in cinemas, TV, and radio. You can watch the performance below:
In addition to the performance Walton Music has picked up the piece for publication. Walton Music was founded by Norman Luboff to publish his own works back in 1950. In publishing with them, Kyle joins a pantheon of composers that includes the likes of Ola Gjeilo and Eric Whitacre.
Music represents a second life for Pederson. He began working as a teacher, before founding a company called Learner’s Edge, dedicated to helping teachers improve their craft. With Learner’s Edge a success, he transitioned away from managing the company and into full-time composition. He has already developed a reputation for his gorgeous harmonies and canny marriage of music to text. This publication is sure to be just the first of many. You can hear more of his work here.