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Kyle Forsthoff

  • Artist/Teacher in Percussion
  • Department of Music
  • Phone: 401.874.2431
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  • Mailing Address: Department of Music
    Fine Arts Center, D103
    105 Upper College Road
    Kingston, RI 02881


Kyle Forsthoff is a diverse percussion educator and performer based in Richmond, Rhode Island. In addition to his appointment at the University of Rhode Island, he is an instructor at The Rhody Center for World Music and Dance and is the percussionist for several groups located throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts including FellswaterShamanicDeaf Reverend, the Island Time Steel Band, and the L’Esperance Mandolin Ensemble. He has also recently performed with the Boston New Music Initiative. Kyle is an active member of RIMEA, helping to coordinate percussion logistics for the all-state festival season, and is the current President of the Rhode Island chapter of the Percussive Arts Society. Previous teaching positions include appointments as an adjunct faculty member at Rhode Island College, instructing in the percussion studios of Morehead State University and Capital University, as a staff accompanist in the University of Kentucky Dance Department, and as a percussion instructor at The Lexington School and SCAPA-Bluegrass.

Kyle has performed at the nief-norf Festival Research Summit, the Kentucky New Music Festival, the Illinois Red Note New Music Festival, and toured of Taiwan as a member of the XPlorium! Chamber Ensemble. In May 2008, Kyle was involved in a six-concert tour of China with the University of Kentucky Wind Ensemble.

Kyle is highly involved in world music and has studied Afro-Cuban music with Michael Spiro, Irish bodhran with Colm Phelan and Rolf Wagels, Tabla with Dr. David Courtney, hand drumming with N. Scott Robinson and Randy Gloss, Javanese Gamelan with Dr. Ted Solis, Balinese Gamelan with Dr. Kuo-Huang Han and Wayne Vitale, and Korean Samulnori percussion with Dr. Donna Kwon. His performance credits include eight appearances at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention as well as concerts in Germany, Sweden, The Netherlands, China, and Taiwan.

As an instructor, Kyle has directed the UK Percussion Ensemble and UK Balinese Gamelan and served as the director and arranger for the ASU Pan Devils Steel Band. Kyle has also served as a musical and visual technician for drumlines and front ensembles in Texas, Kentucky, Arizona, and Georgia and served on the faculty of the Music for All Summer Symposium in 2007 and 2008. Kyle was a member of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps Front Ensemble in 2002 and 2003 and returned as an instructor in 2007 and 2008. He also spent many years as the front ensemble instructor at Madison Central High School in Richmond, Kentucky.

In the spring of 2005, Kyle taught music to young children at the Frankfurt International School in Frankfurt, Germany and was a guest instructor at the Musikskolan in Upplands Vasby, Sweden. During the 2009-2010 school year, Kyle returned to FIS as a teaching assistant in the art program. During that time, he ran a private studio, collaborated as a performer and composer with the FIS Dance Ensemble, and was a featured instructor at the POP Goes Culture! Learning Festival. Kyle also performed with locally-renowned musician Stormin’ Norman Hartnett, recorded for Leiselaut Records, was active in the Irish Traditional Music scene throughout central Germany, and performed in Piteå, Sweden as a member of the Fortuity Percussion Duo.

Kyle’s compositions and arrangements are published by Bachovich Publications. He is a member of ASCAP and is a proud endorser of Cooperman Frame Drums,Yamaha Percussion Instruments and Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets.


Doctorate of Musical Arts, University of Kentucky
Master of Music, Arizona State University
Bachelor of Music/Music Education, University of Kentucky

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