Kinley Lange (b. 1950) has been working as a choral musician for almost forty years, conducting children, youth, church, civic, and professional choirs. He was the founder and artistic director of Austin ProChorus, a chamber choir devoted to the music of living composers. In recent years his emphasis has shifted to composition, primarily of choral and vocal works.
Kinley's childhood was spent in west Texas and New Mexico, but several years in the south Pacific with the U.S. Navy introduced him to the University of Hawaii. After his military discharge at Pearl Harbor, he began study there in Music Theory and Composition and received bachelor's and master's degrees with honors. He was active in the world-renowned ethnomusicology department that greatly influenced his work as a composer. Kinley also studied graduate-level composition and choral conducting at the University of Texas at Austin and is a fellow of Alice Parker's Melodious Accord.
The choral music of Kinley Lange is widely performed by choirs of every level. Many of his pieces appear regularly in festivals and concerts across the United States as well as in Europe, South America, and Asia, including performances at Carnegie Hall and the Vatican. Kinley fulfills several commissions each year and, as a choral conductor, has toured extensively in Europe.