Kris Peysen       Composer, Arranger, Teacher

Notable awards include the 9th Annual Russell Horn Young Composer’s Award in 2008 for his piece Pagan Dance, which constituted a cash prize and a premiere performance of the work by the Voices of Change New Music Ensemble, and the WMSA Scholarship to attend Wintergreen Summer Music Festival in the summer of 2014. 

He is currently a member of ASCAP. His works are available for purchase through this site, or for perusal and listening in the “Works” section.


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Kris Peysen is a composer currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Music Composition at the University of Iowa. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Texas and a Master of Music degree from the University of Louisville, both specializing in composition. He has written for a wide variety of instruments, ranging from solo to chamber ensemble to full orchestra. 


His music is typically rhythmically active, formally inventive, orchestrationally vivid, and harmonically a mix of tonal and non-tonal elements. Influences range from classical composers such as Stravinsky, Beethoven, Shostakovich, and numerous others to progressive rock bands such as Tool, Anglagard, and The Mars Volta. His music often strives for a synthesis of these disparate elements.