Jay C. Batzner is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida where he teaches theory, composition, and technology courses as well as coordinates the composition program. He holds degrees in composition and/or theory from the University of Missouri – Kansas City, the University of Louisville, and the University of Kansas.

Jay's music is primarily focused around instrumental chamber works as well as electroacoustic composition. His music has been recorded on the Capstone, Vox Novus, and Beauport Classical labels and is published by Unsafe Bull Music.

Jay is a sci-fi geek, an amateur banjoist, a home brewer, and juggler.

The composer who can't say "N*"

I can't say it. I just can't. Opportunities have been coming to me lately, from unexpected places, and I cannot seem to turn them down. Questions like "when do you need something" or "what is the latest deadline for this piece" have become parts of my vocab, sure, but saying n-? I can't say it. I feel like I need to seize upon every opportunity that comes along.

This is good and bad. Good because I have written a lot this year, all stuff that other folks have requested. Since the start of 2008, I've done a flute and tape piece, a marimba suite, a mixed instrument quartet, two short works for cello and piano, and a cello duet. I've put off a percussion quartet until next May but I have a movie score to do and yesterday I was asked to write something for an octet by mid-December (2 ob, 2 cl, 2 hn, 2 bn). I've started the octet and I've spent time watching the silent movie trying to find a good way in. The bad part is in being so busy I can hardly see straight. Things have suffered, but luckily nothing has suffered fatally so (except the podcast, which is in a better place now).

Don't get me wrong, "ich grolle nicht." I'm excited about all this stuff happening. I'm just afraid it might all disappear at some point. That would be bad. And, in my experiences, bad things are rarely good.