Kris Carlisle

Kris Carlisle

Associate Professor of Music (piano)

Department: Fine Arts
Phone: (706) 290-2643
Campus Box: 309
Location: Ford 201

Short Bio

Kris Carlisle is a professional pianist and educator.  A native of California, he has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Asia. 

Specializing in contemporary music, his latest album The American Evolution: Piano Preludes was released in December of 2016 and has already garnered the Global Music Award “Silver Medal.  His previous album The American Evolution: Piano Sonatas received 2015’s The American Prize in Piano Performance Special Judge’s Citation: “Championing Piano Music by American Composers”.  These albums are part of a larger project that explores the way contemporary composers use traditional genres.   

Dr. Carlisle has other works available at Curvepoint Media and CDBaby.   Current, a collection of contemporary works for piano and trumpet, and Etesian Traveler, containing works for piano, trumpet and percussion. 

Dr. Carlisle has been a guest artist at colleges and universities around the country.  He has been an adjudicator for organizations throughout the country and presented lectures and recitals at both national and international conferences. 


  • B.M., Redlands University
  • M.M., San Francisco Conservatory
  • D.M.A., Claremont Graduate University 

Teaching Interests

  • Piano – solo and collaborative
  • Music Theory
  • Contemporary Music

Research Interests

  • Contemporary Piano Music

Selected Publications

  • The American Evolution: Piano Variations
  • The American Evolution: Piano Sonatas
  • The American Evolution: Piano Preludes
  • Current – new music for piano and trumpet
  • Etesian Traveler – music for trumpet, percussion, and piano
  • Contemporary Collaborations – contemporary music for piano and flute

Professional Associations

  • Phi Kappa Phi – Treasurer
  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Phi Kappa Lambda - Secretary   
  • Phi Mu Alpha – Faculty Advisor