About

Kyle Greaney 

Professional Artist Certificate (2017)

University of North Carolina School of the Arts

MM - Saxophone Performance (2016)

University of North Carolina School of the Arts

BA - Music Education (2012)

University of Lynchburg

Since his solo debut at BlackRock Center for the Arts, Kyle has traveled throughout the states and across the ocean to Beijing, where he assisted and performed in the International Schools of China Choral Festival.

While attending University of Lynchburg (formerly Lynchburg College), Kyle received many awards for his research: In 2011, Dean’s Award for Qualitative 1st Place, and 1st Place in the School of Communication and the Arts for his research presentation, Don’t Make It Up: Improvise!, in which he discussed lesson plans for implementing jazz improvisation into a public school music curriculum. In Spring 2012, Kyle won 1st Place in the School of Communication and the Arts for his Student Scholar Showcase presentation, Let’s Make Some Noise! The Sounds of Today, in which he discussed modern notation and extended techniques for the saxophone and performed his own composition. Upon graduation, Kyle was awarded the Helen Wood Award for Music Performance.

During his tenure at University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA), Kyle was a member of the uncsaX Saxophone Ensemble. As well as premiering a number of new works, the group performed with U.S. Ice Skating Champion, Jeremy Abbott, live on NBC in the 2015 U.S. Figure Skating Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina. Also while at UNCSA, Kyle was apart of the award winning Atchara Saxophone Quartet: Winning 1st Place in the North Carolina MTNA Chamber Music Competition, and 2nd Place in the Region 6 MTNA Chamber Music Competition in Tampa, Florida. Kyle was also a member of the Tzyra Saxophone Quartet, premiering many new works such as Numbers That Are Pleasant Together, a collaboration between composers Nick Karr and Oliver Glynn, Nocturne for My Country by Peyton Clifford, and Psalm 69 for Soprano and Saxophone Quintet by Zachary Mackey. Kyle has performed in masterclasses for Susan Fancher, Adam McCord, violist Lila BrownArmy Field Band Saxophone Quartet, and Matt Albert of Eighth Blackbird.

Kyle has performed with Lynchburg SymphonyThe Vosbein Magee Big Band, and Lynchburg Community Big Band. Recently, Kyle performed Jay Babcock's arrangement of Catch Me If You Can by John Williams with the University of Lynchburg Wind Symphony and will be performing Russell Peterson's Concertino for Alto Saxophone and Band in the Fall of 2020.

Currently, Kyle serves as the Instructor of Saxophone at University of Lynchburg and holds degrees from University of Lynchburg and UNCSA. Kyle's primary instructors are Harry Farmer and Grammy award winning artists, Taimur Sullivan and Robert Young.

 Gear 

Soprano:

  • Selmer Paris Series III

  • Selmer Concept mouthpiece

  • Original Silverstein Ligature

  • Vandoren Blue Box 3.5 reeds

Alto:

  • Selmer Paris Series III

  • Selmer Paris Series III Sterling Silver Neck

  • Selmer S90 180 mouthpiece

  • Sterling Silver Ishimori Ligature

  • Vandoren Blue Box 3.5 reeds

Tenor:

  • Selmer Paris Series II

  • Selmer S80 C* mouthpiece

  • Gold Plated Brass Ishimori Ligature

  • Vandoren Blue Box 3.5 reeds

Baritone:

  • Selmer Paris Series II

  • Selmer S90 190 mouthpiece

  • Gold Plated Brass Ishimori Ligature

  • Vandoren Blue Box 3.5/D'Addario Reserve 3.0+ reeds

 Jazz Gear 

Soprano:

  • Selmer Paris Series III

  • Selmer S80 E mouthpiece

  • Pink Gold Plated Brass Ishimori Ligature

  • Vandoren JAVA 3 reeds

Tenor:

  • Selmer Paris Series II

  • SR Technologies Professional mouthpiece

  • SAXXAS Black Chromium Ligature

  • Vandoren JAVA Red Box 3 reeds

Alto:

  • Selmer Paris Reference 54, Kookaburra Edition 

  • SR Technologies Legend Hard Rubber, refaced by Morgan Fry

  • Rovner Versa Ligature

  • Legere Signature Series 3 reed

Baritone:

  • Yamaha YBS-52

  • SR Technologies Professional mouthpiece

  • Rovner Dark Ligature

  • Vandoren Blue Box 3

© 2020 by Kyle Greaney

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