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About Kyle Kostenko

Kyle Kostenko
Kyle Kostenko
Music Teacher, Expert
Location: Greensboro, NC
Speaks: English
Instructs: Bass Clarinet, Clarinet, Saxophone
Education: Master's Degree in Music Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2019 Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Musicology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2019 Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from Bowling Green State University, 2017
Performance Experience: Kyle currently performs as clarinetist with Catchfire Collective, a new music ensemble formed in 2019 and based in Greensboro. Praised for their "magical" performances, Catchfire presents innovative programs that reignite the chamber music experience. Kyle also serves as the ensemble's executive director. Outside of chamber music, Kyle also frequently plays with several orchestras in the Piedmont area, including the Winston-Salem and Western Piedmont Symphonies.
Teaching Experience: Music & Arts, Clarinet and Saxophone Instructor, 2021-present Guilford County Schools Lyceum Program, Clarinet Teaching Artist, 2020-present Community Arts Collaborative, Clarinet Instructor, 2018-19 UNCG Clarinet Studio Graduate Teaching Assistant, 2017-19 Detroit Symphony Orchestra Wu Family Academy, Clarinet Mentor, 2015-16 Private Studio Teaching Experience, 2015-present
Teaching Philosophy: I believe that there are four elements required to learn how to be a musician: 1. Fundamentals - the building blocks. 2. The learning process - how you practice. 3. Experimentation - how you find joy in the music. 4. Artistry - how you express something beautiful. Learning an instrument is a process of self-discovery. Through mastery of all four of these elements, students become not just successful musicians, but successful people.

Get to know Kyle Kostenko

Kyle Kostenko is an American clarinetist, scholar, and teacher whose work seeks a new, socially conscious understanding of art music in the 21st century. A Fulbright award recipient, Kyle conducted research on Romanian experimental art music for clarinet in Bucharest, Romania from 2019-2020. Kyle currently serves as the artistic director for the award-winning, high energy Splinter Tongue. He is also a founding member, clarinetist, and bass clarinetist with the innovative sextet Catchfire Collective. Kyle’s work as a chamber musician has been recognized at the Douglas Wayland Chamber Music Competition and at competitions of the Music Teachers’ National Association. Kyle is a frequent guest with orchestras in the Piedmont Triad, and during the 2015-16 season, he was the clarinet mentor with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Wu Family Academy. 

Kyle is dedicated to the performance and commissioning of music by traditionally underrepresented composers, especially works by women and Black, Indigenous, People of Color. An advocate for new and experimental music, he has performed works by composers including Liana Alexandra, Stephen Hartke, Michael Henry, Jennifer Higdon, David Lang, Theresa Martin, Doina Rotaru, and Joan Tower. In 2016, he was featured on the Bowling Green State University New Music Festival in a performance of Higdon’s Zaka for the composer. In 2019, Kyle was featured in a performance of composer and soprano Lisa Bielawa’s chamber and electroacoustic music. In addition, Kyle participated in the world premiere of D.J. Sparr’s Ella Que Llora for soprano and chamber ensemble. 2019 also saw the premiere of a new work for clarinet and speaker by Robin McLaughlin titled Hot Take, written for Kyle. 

Kyle earned his Master’s in Music and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Musicology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Bowling Green State University. His principal teachers were Anthony Taylor, Kevin Schempf, and Andy Hudson.

Kyle Kostenko teaches at:
2609 Lawndale Dr
Greensboro, NC 27408
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