Portrait Kyle Olmstead is an active audio engineer, bassist, and educator. He teaches more than a dozen private bass students each week, and performs in groups that include the Cape Ann Symphony and the Gordon Symphony Orchestra. As an audio engineer, Kyle works as a sound designer and production sound engineer for theaters throughout New England.

Recently, Kyle has designed sound for productions by Central Square Theater, The Barnstormers Theatre, The Loomis Chaffee School, The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, and Hartford Children’s Theatre that included Brundibar, The Full Monty, Other People’s Money, The Unexpected Guest, Big River, Painting Churches, It Had To Be You, The Foreigner, Hairspray, Metamorphoses, Anything Goes, The Boy Friend, South Pacific, and The Laramie Project. He has also worked as an audio engineer and production sound engineer for the Hartford Stage. Previously, he worked under renowned sound designer Frank Gaeta, owner of Sound For Film in Los Angeles, California. While there he worked on films such as Twilight, Taking Chance, and Surfer, Dude, with actors and directors that included Matthew McConaughey, Catherine Hardwicke, Robert Pattinson, and Kristen Stewart.

As an educator, Kyle has 9 years of private teaching experience, and has held the position of double bass instructor for the Wellesley Public School system. He has studied under bass pedagogues Nicholas Walker, Bruce Gertz, and Steve Skop. While actively seeking to develop his curriculum, Kyle has observed and played in master classes by world-renowned bass educators such as Hal Robinson, Paul Ellison, and Francois Rabbath, and lectured at the New York State School of Music Association conference on the unique challenges of beginning double bass repertoire.

While performing, Kyle has given solo recitals, played in orchestral, jazz, and rock ensembles, and played for musicals. He has performed orchestral works by Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy, Dvorak, Mahler, Penderecki, Sibelius, and Tchaikovsky under directors that include Yoichi Udagawa, Bruce Hangen, Ronald Knudsen, Max Hobart, and Jeffery Meyer. He has performed in Boston’s Symphony Hall, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, Jordan Hall, The Berklee Performance Center, The Barnstormers Theatre, and the Casey Theatre at Regis College. Lastly, he has performed musicals that include Songs For A New World, Next to Normal, You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, I Love You Because, Curtains, The Wiz, Ernest in Love, Cabaret, Hello Dolly, Into the Woods, and How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.

Kyle received a Bachelor of Music from the Ithaca College School of Music. Graduating with honors, his degree required excellence as both a double bassist and audio engineer. Kyle recorded approximately 200 concerts, completed numerous large recording projects, and performed in more than 40 concerts during his time at Ithaca College. Learning from some of the best music educators in the country allowed Kyle to further develop his teaching. He also earned a minor in Marketing from the Ithaca College School of Business.