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.


This month I turned 35. That makes me ineligible for many calls for scores and many would see this moment as if my palm was flashing red. There is this idea that if you aren't already famous by the time you are 35, you ain't gonna be. Whatever. Having been born in a fly-over state, spent most of my maturation period in fly-over states, and received most of my education in fly-over states, it seems that the fame deck is stacked against me anyway. Why should it matter how old I am?

But that is not my point. It occurred to me that most prefixes that were commonly ascribed to my compositional status are now null and void. I haven't been a "student" composer for a few years. Now I get to cast aside the moniker "young." I suppose "emerging" still works, but I must say that I take great pride in just being a composer. All I have to do is be who I am, write what I write, and the rest will take care of itself.