Bio

Award-winning composer Garrett Schumann’s music has moved and excited audiences from Berlin to the San Francisco, and countless points in between. An ardent collaborator, Garrett has received commissions from and worked with numerous artists and ensembles, such as the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Republic) the Chicago-based chamber ensemble Latitude 49, the Akropolis Reed Quintet, pianist Jeannette Fang, internationally renowned mezzo-soprano Megan Ihnen, and percussionist Andres Pichardo of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Garrett’s acoustic and electronic compositions have been programmed by the Aspen Music Festival, New Music Detroit, the PARMA Festival, the New Music Gathering, the Neue Synagoge (Berlin), Ecole Normale de Musique (Paris), Da Camera Houston, the International Woodwind Festival (Munich), University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, the percussionists of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and many others. In 2016, Garrett received four world premieres, including the percussion solo Djentdemic for Chistopher Sies, a string trio commissioned by ÆPEX, a vibraphone duo for the percussionists of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and a new song cycle commissioned by vocalist Megan Ihnen and celebrated violist Michael Hall.

In the fall of 2015, Garrett partnered with conductor Kevin Fitzgerald to found ÆPEX Contemporary Performance, a dynamic new music concert presenter serving Ann Arbor, MI and the surrounding area. As ÆPEX’s Artistic Director, Garrett organized an inaugural season that began with a performance of Hans Abrahamsen’s Schnee, and continued with five other events in Detroit and Ann Arbor. ÆPEX’s 2016-17 season begins in September with a showcase at New Music Detroit’s “Strange and Beautiful Music” marathon concert, and will also feature performances by Boston-based Hub New Music, as well as other world-class artists from right here in Michigan and around the country.

Garrett received his doctorate in music composition from the University of Michigan in May 2015, and also holds degrees from Michigan (MM Music Composition, ‘12) and Rice University (BM Music Composition, magna cum laude, ‘10). In addition to his work as a composer, Garrett served as Guest Scholar, Community Engagement Ambassador, and Special Correspondent to UMSlobby.org for UMS, a nationally heralded performing arts presenter based in Ann Arbor, MI, from 2010-16. In these capacities, Garrett led major outreach initiatives and conducted interviews with several UMS artists, including Pulitzer-prize winning composer George Crumb, violinist Jennifer Koh, guitarist Bill Frisell, and members of the new music ensemble Eighth Blackbird, among others.

Also prolific writer and scholar, Garrett has been published in the journal Music Theory Spectrum, as well as on NewMusicBox.org, Sequenza21.com, and his own website. Garrett has presented music theory and sociology research at conferences across the country and in Europe, including at the 2015 Modern Heavy Metal Conference in Helsinki, Finland.

Garrett was a faculty member in the University of Michigan’s Music Theory Department for the 2015-16 academic year, and is very pleased to join the music departments of Madonna University (Livonia, MI) and Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI) this coming fall.