Kris Peysen      Composer


December 8, 2019: Performance of Chasing Dawn

University of Iowa

TBA 2020:​ Reading of a new piece for wind ensemble

University of Iowa

May 17, 2020: Premiere of ​To Awaken a God by the Des Moines Community Orchestra

Drake University, Des Moines, IA

Summer 2020: Premiere of new piece for wind band by the Iowa City New Horizons Band

​Iowa City, IA




September 8, 2019:​ 24+24 Concert
University of Iowa
Performance of ​Restlessness

August 12-17, 2019:​ Unheard-of Project
Stonybrook University, Stonybrook, NY
-August 13: Premiere of Impressions of Morning by Unheard-of Ensemble
-August 17:​ Performance of Something Stutters by Erin Rogers



November 15, 2019

Happy to announce that I'm now featured on an album!

This past August, I attended the Unheard-of Ensemble's Collaborative Composition Initiative, where I wrote the piece Impressions of Morning, which was performed by the same Unheard-of Ensemble. This album features a studio version of that piece, as well as the pieces written by the 12 other composer participants.

All proceeds from the album sale go towards funding and scholarships for next year's CCI. If you're interested, go check it out!

Again, huge thanks to the Unheard-of Ensemble for organizing this festival, their phenomenal playing, and their dedication to and promotion of new music.

October 5, 2019

Recordings of the two pieces I wrote for the summer festivals I attended are now up on my Works page. For Imani Winds Festival I wrote Tectonics: Phase 1a fast and energetic wind quintet featuring a good amount of counterpoint and not a small dose of heavy metal. Then for the Unheard-of Project I wrote Impressions of Morning, which was a very different affair. Easily the most tonal and traditional-sounding work I've yet written, this piece allowed me to indulge in melody and harmony. I invite you all to have a listen to both.

In other news, I've recently received a commission to write a piece for wind band at approximately the grade 3 technical level, which will be premiered by the Iowa City New Horizons Band sometime in the summer of 2020. Excited to pursue this opportunity!

July 8, 2019

I've recently been informed that Moog Dreams, my electroacoustic piece, will also be performed at the Iowa Composers Forum 2019 Summer Festival of New Music.

July 4, 2019

Excited to announce that my new string quartet, Chasing Dawn, will be premiered this August at the Iowa Composers Forum 2019 Summer Festival of New Music by the Epinoia String Quartet! The festival will be on August 9-10 and will take place in Decorah, Iowa.

More details will be announced as it gets closer. This is turning into a busy summer!

May 19, 2019

Happy to announce that I'll be attending two different festivals this summer. In July, I'll be going to Imani Winds Festival, for which I'll be writing a wind quintet. Then in August, I'll be attending the Unheard-of Project, where I'll be writing a piece for the Messiaen quartet (clarinet, violin, cello, piano) to be premiered by the Unheard-of Ensemble. I've received scholarship support for both these festivals. Excited to pursue these opportunities!

April 28, 2019

The University of Iowa School of Music has offered me a generous travel grant to help me attend festivals this summer, of which I have recently been accepted to several that I need to choose from. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks!

March 31, 2019

Excited to announce that next year the Des Moines Community Orchestra will be premiering my orchestra work (and Masters thesis) To Awaken a God. The date and location are May 17, 2020, at 2:00 PM in the Sheslow Auditorium at Drake University (Des Moines, IA). That's still over a year away, but it's set. Mark it down!

The theme of the concert will be "new music," and will feature other premieres and new works by other composers. At the moment, I only know of my own piece, but I'm excited to find out who I will be sharing the concert with. More details will be announced as I learn them.

Excited to finally see this piece be performed!

January 7, 2019

I just received an ASCAP Plus Award for the 2017 calendar year.

December 4, 2018

The recording of the premiere of Insinuations ​is now up. You can listen to it here or on my Works page.

I've also decided that for my next piece I will be writing for wind ensemble. This will be read by the University of Iowa Symphony Band sometime next year. Excited to finally write for this ensemble!

September 30, 2018

Audio recording of Strung is now up on my Soundcloud. You can listen to it here.

Also recently posted is the new piece I wrote for Iowa's 24 + 24 concert, which ended up being a solo for bass-baritone.

In other news, the JACK Quartet will be doing a reading session of student works the week of December 3 at the University of Iowa, for possible inclusion on a concert the following spring. I'll be having an expanded version of Strung read during that. Stay tuned!

August 21, 2018

Video of the performance of my piece Strung at Fresh Inc Festival is now up on my Media page. Go check it out! Soundcloud recording will be following shortly.

July 1, 2018

My orchestra recording for To Awaken a God is now up. Finally, no more midi for this piece! You can listen to it here or on my Works page.

June 19, 2018

Fresh Inc Festival is now over. I had a great time meeting the members of Fifth House Ensemble, attending workshops on building a career as a musician (which the festival specializes in), and meeting other great musicians. In addition, the quirky string quartet Invoke premiered a new piece of mine. A recording (and video) will follow shortly.

And I still have another festival to go to! I leave for Atlantic Music Festival in a little less than two weeks.

In other news, the orchestra reading at my school which I mentioned in an earlier post occurred at the beginning of May. The audio isn't up yet because I haven't had much time to edit the recording, but it should be posted shortly. Stay tuned.

June 3, 2018

Excited to announce that my new chamber piece, Insinuations, has been selected as part of this year's Midwest Composers Symposium. The symposium will take place October 19-20, 2018 at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati.

March 22, 2018

I've recently found out the University of Iowa School of Music will be doing orchestra readings at the end of the semester. My piece To Awaken a God (which is also my master's thesis) will be one of the pieces read. Excited to finally get to hear this piece! The recording will follow shortly thereafter.

March 16, 2018

The instrumentation for my commissioned piece for Fresh Inc has been announced. I will be writing a string quartet for the ensemble InvokeYou can view their website here.

March 10, 2018

The University of Iowa School of Music has graciously granted me $1500 to help me pay for the two festivals I am attending this summer. The aid is much appreciated.

March 07, 2018

Excited to announce that I have ALSO been accepted to Atlantic Music Festival, which I will be attending in July of this year. I will write a piece to be premiered there by their Contemporary Ensemble (a Pierrot ensemble). There will also be the opportunity for potential other performances with the performance students there.

February 28, 2018

Excited to announce that I've been accepted to Fresh Inc music festival, where I will be commissioned to write a new piece to be premiered at the festival. I've also been granted a scholarship from the Stephen R. Gerber Trust to assist with tuition. Can't wait!

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.