Bryan Curt Kostors (b. 1979) is a composer of diverse and evocative American music for orchestra, band, choir, chamber groups, soloists, film, multimedia, and dance. The drastic and contrasting landscapes of the American West – desert, basin and range, high mountain peaks, ocean coast – play a prominent role in Kostors’ music. A central element of Bryan’s work is the exploration of how place affects sound, visuals, and emotional interpretation, and how the history, landscape, or social aspects of a given geography can be used to create artworks that speak to a wide and varied audience. Kostors has studied with Don Crockett, Stephen Hartke, Frank Ticheli, Virko Baley, and Sean Friar. He is an active music educator, currently teaching composition and electronic music at the University of Montana. Kostors’ music has been performed by the USC Symphony Orchestra; the USC Wind Ensemble; What’s Next? Ensemble in Los Angeles; the Downey Symphony Orchestra with conductor Sharon Lavery; members of the Wuhan Philharmonic in Wuhan, China; members of the Argus Quartet at the Hear Now Festival in Los Angeles; the Nextet Ensemble at the University of Nevada Las Vegas; and has recently been commissioned and had performances by Clairobscur Dance Company, film scores, and multimedia works.