Tyler Versluis is an Ontario-based composer and conductor. His music has been commissioned and performed by a growing list of Canadian ensembles and organizations, including the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Soundstreams, ARRAYmusic, Caution Tape Sound Collective, the Toy Piano Composers, and VIVA! Youth Singers of Toronto.
Tyler is an alumni of a number of prestigious workshops, including the Winnipeg New Music Festival Composers Institute, the Soundstreams Emerging Composers Workshop, Vancouver's Art Song Lab, the Composition Workshop at the Orford Academy, the Canadian Contemporary Music Workshop, and the ARRAYmusic Young Composers Workshop. In addition, he has attended festivals abroad including the Composers+ Summer Academy in Lithuania, and the Atlantic Music Festival and Fresh Inc Festival in the United States. His recent project involved a trip to Poland, where a deep immersion in traditional music and ancestral heritage resulted in a number of creative works.
Tyler studied music at Brock University and later completed a Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Toronto, where he received the John Weinzweig Graduating Scholarship. His principal teachers were Abigail Richardson-Schulte, Gary Kulesha and Norbert Palej. In 2017 Tyler received the Karen Kieser Prize in Canadian Composition for his work for accordion and percussion, “3 Unuttered Miracles”, and also received the Cecilia String Quartet Composition Prize for his String Quartet No. 1 “Bogusławów”. In addition to his composition work, Tyler has worked as an organist and choirmaster in various liturgical settings since 2008. Originally from St. Catharines, Tyler now lives and works in Toronto.