For 40 years, Kinley has worked as a choir director – with children and youth and church choirs, secular and church choirs and professional ensembles. He was the founder and conductor of the Austin ProChorus Ensemble, a chamber choir dedicated to the works of living composers. Recently, Kinley has devoted more and more to the composition of choral music and vocal pieces in particular.
Kinley spent his childhood in West Texas and New Mexico, but during the time he spent with the US Navy in the South Pacific, he met the University of Hawaii. After being released from military service in Pearl Harbor, he began studying music theory and composition there and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees with honors. He was active in the world-renowned ethnomusical institute, which significantly influenced his work as a composer. He continues his studies in composition and choral conducting at the University of Texas in Austin; He is a Fellow at the Institute “Melodious Accord” by Alice Parker.
Kinley Lange’s choral music is performed by choirs of various levels around the world. Many of his plays are heard regularly at festivals and concerts in the United States as well as in Europe, South America and Asia, including Carnegie Hall and the Vatican. Kinley writes several commissioned works a year and has traveled extensively in Europe as choirmaster.