Who we are

Sympohinc Revival is a unique collaboration between violinist Kyle Dillingham, and composer Callen Clarke, focused on the growth of new audience for symphonic music in two primary ways:

1. New music intentionally composed with the entertainment of the audience in mind.  

2. Use of a dynamic virtuoso to draw the audience in to encounter the orchestra.
Since their focus is on growing new audience for orchestras, Callen’s compositions are designed to feature the orchestra.  Differing from a concerto, his music utilizes the solo violin more like another member of the orchestra who is standing in the front (like the lead singer of a band). The idea behind this is to exploit Kyle’s unique gift to connect with people and specifically his ability and desire to connect them to something.  Is this case, that “something” is the Symphony Orchestra.

In 2007 Clarke had his symphonic debut with the Oklahoma Centennial Overture as part of the statewide celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the State of Oklahoma. The Centennial Overture was premiered by the Enid Symphony Orchestra, in December of that year. Since then Callen and Kyle have premiered at least two works a year with various orchestras, choirs and ensembles around the state. Among these are Normandie, the Argosy Overture, The Mary Rose, The Spirit Symphony, Wiley Post, and numerous chamber and solo compositions, many of which have been featured in whole or in part on the Internet, Radio, and Television.

 

Callen Clarke, of Edmond, Oklahoma, began composing at the age of five when his family moved to Oklahoma. He was encouraged to become a symphonic composer at the age of ten by his piano teacher, Virginia Campbell, an Oklahoma-based pianist of international reputation. Clarke studied composition at Oklahoma City University under Dr. Ray Luke and Frank Payne while minoring in piano performance. Later he continued at Oklahoma Baptist University, under Dr. James Vernon. Clarke is also a Middle-Eastern music specialist and performs and concertizes regularly on the Oud.

Clarke is greatly influenced in his composing by the biblical concept of Inspiration, and by the writings of Martin Buber, Stephen Covey, and Robert D. Putnam. Clarke seeks always to connect with his audience through mutually meaningful musical idioms, and considers the interrelation between musician and listener to be the highest goal in Music. This philosophy guides both the content and intent of Clarke’s music and sets him apart from many of his fellow contemporary composers. Clarke believes that the recovery and pursuit of Relational Intent could unleash a global Symphonic Revival and transform the Culture of Music.

 

Kyle Dillingham, of Oklahoma City, started playing the violin when he was nine and received his bachelor's degree in instrumental music performance from Oklahoma City University.  He is an Oklahoma Creativity Ambassador and was a 2009 recipient of the OK Governor's Art's Award. Kyle also works as the “Ambassador in Residence” at the University of Central Oklahoma, using his “musical diplomacy” to help develop and strengthen new overseas relationships for the university.

While still in high school, Kyle was featured twice on Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry. He has performed for the King of Malaysia, the Princess of Thailand, Singapore’s National Day Celebration, and his performance at the Beijing Central Conservatory was broadcast on Chinese national television. A frequent visitor to Washington D.C, he has performed for the Japanese, Thai and Saudi Arabian Ambassadors, to name a few. He has been soloist with the Amici New York Orchestra, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the Enid Symphony Orchestra, the UCO Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra and the Oklahoma Community Orchestra. Kyle has taken his music to over 30 countries earning him the title of “Oklahoma’s Musical Ambassador.”
 
Kyle is proud to be playing Glasser Bows exclusively.
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