The Pride of Torrington  

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Memories from Music at THS

My experiences and education in music at Torrington High School have undoubtedly been essential to my growth and success on the path I’ve taken. Singing, playing, and studying with Lynn Morin in the Chamber Choir and Wayne Splettstoeszer in the Concert and Jazz Bands provided me with not only fond memories, but foundational skills that I would later find indispensable. In Jazz Band, I began to hone my ear for tuning and truly connect to the rhythm of a song. In Chamber Choir, I began my vocal journey and I learned to connect to the message and meaning of a piece. And in preparation to march the Independence Day Parade in Washington D.C. with the Marching Band and to sing in Carnegie Hall (twice!) with the Chamber Choir, I was taught the value of hard work and dedication that has proved essential to all my successes, musical and otherwise.

Kyle Hogan - Class of 2011 

Kyle Hogan is a graduate of Torrington High School (’11) and the University of Rochester (’15) where he earned dual majors in Philosophy and Economics and dual minors in Music and American Studies. He currently works as a Paralegal Specialist at the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice in Washington D.C., where he has served on successful investigative and litigative case teams.

At THS, Kyle played alto saxophone in the Concert Band, played alto and tenor saxophone in the Jazz Band, sang Bass in the Chamber Choir, and sang in a number of the theatre’s musical productions. At the University of Rochester, Kyle studied secondary and primary voice with graduate and doctoral students at the Eastman School of Music, pursued a minor in Music with focuses in Music Theory and Music History, and joined the University of Rochester YellowJackets, an all-male a cappella singing group that achieved international acclaim upon being featured on Season 3 of NBC’s The Sing-Off in 2011.  

As a member of the YellowJackets, Kyle performed on international tours across the Spain, the United Kingdom, and Puerto Rico in addition to multiple guest appearances on The Sing-Off Live Tour. As an upperclassmen member, Kyle directed the group, arranged music for live performance and studio recording, and co-produced critically acclaimed single and album releases, including Y2J (2016). Y2J has been recognized by CASA, the Contemporary A Cappella Society, as the “Best Male Collegiate Album” for 2017.

Since graduating, Kyle has sung and recorded with Ben Bram (arranger and co-producer for Pentatonix), performed on tour as a substitute bass singer with Street Corner Symphony (a competitor from Season 2 of NBC’s The Sing-Off), and June, a Memphis-based vocal group. Kyle has taught seminars on Bass Singing and the Rhythm Section in Vocal Music and has coached award-winning a cappella groups at the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University. He is also on the Senior Staff at Laurel Music Camp, an annual music camp held each June in Winsted, Connecticut. Kyle currently sings with Nomadic, a professional vocal band based up and down the east coast. In just over a year since its inception, Nomadic has performed across the country and has been booked as featured artists and clinicians at festivals and camps from New Orleans to Los Angeles.