Kyle Forsthoff


Kyle Forsthoff is the Artist/Teacher in Classical Percussion at the University of Rhode Island, where he teaches applied Percussion courses and lessons, directs the Percussion Ensemble, and also teaches music courses in the University General Education curriculum. Dr. Forsthoff is also an instructor at Blackstone River Theatre and has given solo recitals, workshops, and masterclasses throughout the region in addition to performing as a guest with Verdant Vibes and the Boston New Music Initiative. He is the Chapter President of the Rhode Island Percussive Arts Society, an Associate Editor of Percussive Notes, and is a Percussion Manager for RIMEA.

Kyle is also an active scholar, performer, and teacher of Irish Traditional Music and other frame drum traditions, and has performed and taught throughout the US, Europe, and in Asia. In 2018, Kyle performed at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and his Celtic band Fellswater performed as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. An active member of New England’s Fife & Drum community, Kyle performs with both the Kentish Guards and Grand Republic Fife & Drum Corps, teaches the William Diamond Junior Fife & Drum Corps, and is on the Executive and Archives committees of the Company of Fifers and Drummers.

Kyle has previously held positions at Rhode Island College, the University of Kentucky, Morehead State University, Capital University, and the Rhody Center for World Music and Dance. He holds degrees from the University of Kentucky and Arizona State University, and is a member of ASCAP. Learn more about Kyle and his work at


Percussion in Irish Traditional Music; Fife & Drum


  • D.M.A., University of Kentucky, 2010
  • M.M., Arizona State University, 2007
  • B.M. in Music Education, University of Kentucky, 2005

Selected Publications

  • Two Twilight Fanfares (in The Blue Book, Volume 2), 2018
  • Fluid Space, 2014
  • Riq, Roll’d, 2012
  • After Lang, 2011
  • Parampara, 2004