Bio

Award-winning composer Garrett Schumann’s music has moved and excited audiences from Berlin to the San Francisco, and countless points in between. Garrett has collaborated with artists and ensembles from around the world, including percussionists Mayumi Hama and Chris Froh, the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Republic),  the Chicago-based chamber ensemble Latitude 49, the Akropolis Reed Quintet, pianist Jeannette Fang, 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 Naples Philharmonic, the Toledo Symphony, Orchestra, the New Music Gathering, the Aspen Music Festival, the PARMA Festival, 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. Most recently, Garrett was one of eighteen composers invited to participate in the inaugural year of internationally-celebrated American composer Gabriela Lena Frank’s new Creative Academy for Music. This honor included a commission for a new work for percussioninsts Mayumi Hama and Chris Froh, which they will premiere in Sacramento, CA at the Festival of New American Music in November 2017.

In 2015, Garrett partnered with conductor Kevin Fitzgerald to found ÆPEX Contemporary Performance, a dynamic concert presenting dedicated to performing the music of underrepresented and rarely performed twentieth and twenty-first century composers from around the world for audiences across Michigan. Garrett currently serves as ÆPEX’s President and Executive Director, and in that role he has organized seventeen concerts and community events in four, written successful grants to statewide and local funding organizations, and registered ÆPEX as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.

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. In November 2017, Garrett will appear as a guest of the Music Composition and Music Theory departments at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro school of music.

Since 2012, Garrett has taught music theory and music composition at the University of Michigan, Interlochen Arts Camp, and privately. Garrett currently serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music at Western Michigan University and as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Composition at Madonna University.