Ty Hoying lives in Stockholm, Sweden where he works as a freelance musician and as a music educator at Kulturama and Södra Latin gymnasium. He emigrated from the USA in early 2013, shortly after completing a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas. Ty is excited to bring his style of improvised music to Sweden and the European Union, but he still loves to play for audiences at home in North America, too. He is available for private lessons in piano and improvisation, live gigs, studio work, accompaniment, and is accepting commissions for composition.
Ty’s musical journey began with his first piano lessons at the age of 4. From the start, Ty gravitated towards improvisation, often embellishing his lesson pieces to his liking. He admired his grandmother’s self-taught stride piano style when hearing her play hymns and classic American folk songs; soon, Ty was venturing into that style of playing himself. In middle school, he discovered jazz music and joined the school’s big band while forming a small student combo for performing jazz during the weekends and summers. He won the piano chair for the Colorado 2004 All State Jazz Band and was awarded the Louis Armstrong Award by his school’s band director.
Ty began studies at the University of Dayton in 2004, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in music. There, he studied jazz piano under Michael Cetrangol and later with Philip Burkhead. Leading the university’s Dayton Jazz Combo, Ty further cut his jazz teeth on the stages of local venues and events around Dayton, Ohio—Gilly’s, Pacchia, Jazz Central, Cannery Art & Design Center, Dayton Art Institute, Victoria Theater, and Schuster Performing Arts Center, to name a few. At the behest of advisor Dr. Willie L. Morris III and small group instructor Eddie Brookshire, Ty began composing his first pieces for jazz ensembles during this time, arranging some of them for big band.