Discipline: Music Composition

Tyler Eschendal

Discipline: Music Composition
Region: South Pasadena, CA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2023

Tyler Eschendal is a composer, percussionist, and videographer originally from Metro Detroit and now residing in Los Angeles. A fascination with adapting sample-based procedures found in electronic music to acoustic instruments heavily influences his music. Fluency, malfunction, speech, and stuttering are topics at the core of his percussion-based works, which are often explored through the music video medium.

His compositions have been showcased at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, American Composers Orchestra, Andriessen Festival, Young Composers Meeting, New Music Gathering, Blackbird Creative Lab, Nief-Norf Summer Festival, and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. He has worked with such ensembles as Sō Percussion, ymusic, Shattered Glass, Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, orkest de ereprijs, and the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet.

Eschendal holds a B.M. in music composition from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati studying with Michael Fiday, and a M.M. in composition from the University of Southern California studying with Ted Hearne, Sean Friar, and Don Crockett.

At MacDowell, he worked on musical numbers, skits, and monologues for his in-progress variety about stuttering.


Van Zorn (formerly Kirby)

Tyler Eschendal worked in the Van Zorn (formerly Kirby) studio.

Constructed thanks to a bequest from Sarah L. Kirby, Kirby Studio was the last new building to be erected during Mrs. MacDowell’s leadership (1907-1951). The load-bearing masonry walls were laid by local mason Augustus Beaulieu atop a fieldstone foundation. A 1995 renovation preserved the brick fireplace with wooden mantel and…

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