Kris Peysen      Composer, Arranger, Teacher


Two back-to-back premieres!
December 9th, 2017Premiere of my fixed media piece ​Moog Dreams (University of Iowa)
December 10th, 2017: Premiere of my trombone quartet Whirlwind (University of Iowa)


December 11, 2017

Last night was the premiere of my trombone quartet, Whirlwind. The recording is also now up. You can listen to it here.

December 9, 2017

My fixed media piece Moog Dreams was premiered tonight. Since it's an electroacoustic piece, the recording is also now up. You can listen to it here.

You can hear the full quality audio file if you click the "Download" link on the file page. If you have good speakers, this is what I recommend.

September 19, 2017

I've written another piece for Iowa's annual 24+24 concert, which was premiered two nights ago. This was for solo English horn. Recording is now up:

August 25, 2017

Recordings of my performances at Charlotte New Music Festival are now up. First is the first movement of my new quintet , titled Stirrings, and then Burst, a short thrash metal piece (yes, thrash metal), which I'm planning on extending.

Scores can be viewed here:

August 1, 2017

Excited to announce that my piece Annealed in Fire was selected to be broadcast on Et Lux Radio, a new online radio station dedicated to playing contemporary classical music. I can't say exactly when my piece will air, but it's in "the rotation" right now, so to speak.

Here's their Facebook page:

July 5, 2017

Charlotte New Music Festival is over. At it, I got to have two performances of newly-written pieces of mine: the first movement of my quintet, Stirrings, performed by the Out of Bounds Ensemble; and a short viola-cello duet, performed by members of the Beo String Quartet. It was a blast meeting these performers, as well as other performers at the festival, and, of course, all the other composers who were participating. Looking forward to more of these gatherings in the future.

​​June 30, 2017  

​The premiere of the first movement of my quintet, Stirrings, happened earlier today. Program is online here:

Stay tuned for the recording.

June 10, 2017

A new recording for my piece Annealed in Fire ​has been uploaded. This one is from a recording session, so it's good! Go have a listen.

April 25, 2017

​I got another grant! This is the PHIL Student Success Grant, offered by the University of Iowa Foundation.

April 12, 2017

I've recently been awarded a Graduate and Professional Student Government Travel Grant from the University of Iowa to help me attend Charlotte New Music Festival. The help is much appreciated! 

February 2, 2017

Excited to announce that I've been selected to attend Charlotte New Music Festival! While there, I will be taking part in the Dance Co-Lab, where I will be paired with a choreographer to create a short ballet, which will be performed by the Out of Bounds Ensemble. I'll also be given a speed-writing assignment, to be performed by members of the Beo String Quartet. Lots of opportunity!

December 8, 2016

The reading of my string quartet, Annealed in Fire, ​played by the JACK Quartet, is now live. Go have a listen.

September 19, 2016

My latest piece, a piano miniature composed for a speed-writing contest, is now up. Head on over to my Works section to see what I can write in 24 hours.

May 3, 2015

I now also have a Kickstarter campaign. This one has rewards! Check it out here, and please spread the word!

April 30, 2015

I just launched a GoFundMe campaign to help me attend the Music in the Mountains Conservatory. You can see it here. Please share it!

April 27, 2015

Website is launched! Stay tuned for further updates.