Tyler Justin Hughes started his activities in music in the middle school band program at Booker T. Washington Middle School in Elgin Texas, under the direction of David Cross. By the eighth grade, Tyler was participating in both band and the school's newly formed choir. He continued his musical training with the Shoemaker High school Band and Choir in Killeen Texas. During his junior year, Tyler became part of the first Music Theory Advanced Placement class offered at Shoemaker. It was this class, among other things, that prompted him to go into composing. That year he started a small ensemble, dedicated to playing arrangements of Christmas music and some original music. Tyler also wrote original music for the Shoemaker choir. The piece "I'm not Hunting You" was his first composition ever performed in front of a live audience.
Tyler Hughes holds a bachelors degree in music composition from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Masters Degree in music from Texas Tech University. He studied under Dr. Stephen Lias during his undergraduate studies and continues his education at Texas Tech University in pursuit of a Doctor of Musical Arts degree under the tutelage of Dr. Peter Fischer. He has amassed an extensive body of work, and, while studying, he is also a working composer, with multiple commissions in progress. He is an active member of the National Association of Composer, USA (NACUSA) and of Society of Composers (SCI) where he served in officer positions, including president, of the Raider Chapter at Texas Tech from 2012 to 2015. He has had music performed at three Texas chapter NACUSA conferences and won the prize for Best Undergraduate Composition in 2011.During his time in College Dr. Hughes has also been a member and performed with the Mary Hardin Baylor Mixed choir, UMHB Opera, Stephen F. Austin State University A cappella Choir, and the Texas Tech University Singers. He has performed with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, The Elgin Symphony Orchestra in Chicago, and on the TMEA stage. Dr. Hughes has studied voice with George Hogan and Bruce Fowler.Dr. Hughes now teaches Choir and AVID at Elgin Middle School.
Awards and Honors
Recipient of the G. Darrell Holt Music Scholarship - April 30. 2010
Winner of the NACUSA Texas Competition "Undergraduate Student" Category - March 26 2011