Born in Belleville, Ill., Kyle Blaha received his bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music in composition, with minors in clarinet performance and German language and culture. He received his master’s degree and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Juilliard, studying with Samuel Adler and Robert Beaser. At Juilliard, he studied ear training with Mary Anthony Cox and counterpoint and analysis with Philip Lasser.
In addition to teaching ear training and theory in the College Division and chairing the ear training and theory departments at Juilliard Pre-College, he is on the faculty at the EAMA Nadia Boulanger Institute in Paris. He has been the artistic director of New York Youth Symphony’s acclaimed composition program since 2010. As a composer, he has had commissions from the Eastman Wind Ensemble and Donald Sinta Quartet, and premieres by the Juilliard Orchestra, the New Juilliard Ensemble in Budapest, and the Eastman Wind Ensemble on its 2004 Asia tour. In 2006, Blaha was awarded a Fulbright to study the effect of German Reunification on German art music. Other pursuits include a DAAD grant for summer study at the Freie Universität in Berlin and Modern Standard Arabic studies at the Al-Diwan Center in Cairo.