Arrangements for strings.

Live recordings from Darlingside’s sold-out show with the Maine Youth Rock Orchestra on 1.12.19 at The Egg (Albany, NY). This performance was the second night of a three-show tour. The orchestra also featured several members of the Empire State Youth Orchestra.

Orchestral arrangements: Sam Kyzivat

Conductor: Kevin Oates

Live sound: Danny Schwartz

Mix (post): Sam Kyzivat

Photos: Lauryn Hottinger

An excerpt from Eschaton. Orchestral arrangement by Sam Kyzivat.


A recording from Palaver Strings’ Lifesongs performance in Boston (March, 2019). The Lifesongs Project is a “songwriting initiative to record, preserve, and celebrate the stories of older adults in the LGBTQ community.” The song, “Natural Love,” was written by Kenneth Mendoza, Matthew Brady, Su-Yin Chan, Brianna Fischler, and Lysander Jaffe, and was arranged for strings and male voices by Sam Kyzivat. The arrangement was premiered at the Boston Center for the Arts by Kenneth, Palaver Strings, and members of the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus.


A short clip of an arrangement for string quartet of Sara Hallie Richardson’s song “Meyer Lemon,” performed by the Amarantos Quartet.


Photos by Benjamin Moore

A portion of an arrangement of Sara Hallie Richardson’s tune "Carry On" for string quartet, accompanied by the Maine Youth Rock Orchestra string quartet (+ director Kevin Oates) at Harvest Moon Festival in Saco, ME (10.6.18). MYRO is a Portland-based music education nonprofit providing young orchestral musicians the unique opportunity to play music with nationally touring bands and artists.

String arrangement by Sam Kyzivat
Audio recorded with a Zoom-H5 portable recorder
Video/photos by Benjamin Moore


Additional arrangements for the MYRO string quartet from their show with Sara Hallie Richardson at Harvest Moon Festival in Saco, ME (10.6.18). Audio recorded with a Zoom-H5 portable recorder.


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"Figure It Out"

"Figure it out" (2017)

Shook twins feat. mYRO

An excerpt of a rehearsal at the MYRO studio of an arrangement of Portland, Oregon-based folk duo Shook Twins' song "Figure It Out." The arrangement was premiered at One Longfellow Square in Portland, ME on 9.30.17 for the annual Waking Windows festival. 

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"Something to Write About"

something to write about (2017)

the dupont brothers feat. myro

An arrangement for orchestra of The DuPont Brother's tune "Something to Write About," premiered on 12.1.17 at the Portland House of Music & Events. This concert featured an impressive lineup of local songwriters playing alongside the Maine Youth Rock Orchestra, including Max Garcia Conover, Connor Garvey, and The DuPont Brothers. Audio recorded with a Zoom H5 four-track portable recorder.


Additional orchestral arrangements from the Maine Youth Rock Orchestra's 12.1.17 show at the Portland House of Music & Events. Audio recorded with a Zoom H5 four-track portable recorder.


An orchestral arrangement of a beautiful Brahms Intermezzo (originally for solo piano), read by the Bowdoin College Orchestra in the spring of 2017.