Kyle Prescott is the Director of Bands at Florida Atlantic University. His responsibilities include conducting the University Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds, teaching the graduate instrumental conducting sequence and coordinating all aspects of FAU’s comprehensive university bands program. He holds his undergraduate degree from the University of Idaho, and the Master of Music and the Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Wind Conducting from The University of Texas at Austin, where his principal conducting teacher was Jerry F. Junkin. Additionally, he has studied with exemplary conductors through fourteen international conducting symposia.
In the summer of 2013, Dr Prescott was appointed Coordinator of Community Engagement in the Performing Arts for the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. In this administrative capacity, he works to foster artistic relationships between the university and various agencies, including non-profit, public, and private.
Prior to his work at The University of Texas, Dr. Prescott conducted bands and orchestras in the Pacific Northwest. Ensembles under his direction have been invited to perform at the Northwest Regional Conference of the National Association for Music Education in 1997 and 1999, the Florida Music Educators Association Conference in 2009, and the Southern Conference of the College Band Directors National Association in 2008 and 2016 . A strong proponent of new music for wind ensemble, Dr. Prescott has conducted nine world premieres in recent years, including works by Arthur Weisberg and Libby Larsen. In 2016, Dr Prescott will serve as the conductor of the Florida All State Concert Orchestra, in Tampa.
His research in score analysis and rehearsal has been published in five separate volumes of the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series. He is the past Florida State Chair of CBDNA, Conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Palm Beach Youth Orchestras, President-elect of The Symphonia: Boca Raton, and Conductor and Music Director of South Florida’s professional wind band, the Florida Wind Symphony, and its affiliate, the FWS Jazz Orchestra.