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.


My first faculty job interview is tomorrow. I'm flying out this afternoon. Got a lot of nervous/anxious energy inside, which should be good as long as I keep it under control. My teaching presentation is solid, my research presentation I've given many times before, and I've got a long list of questions for them.

It sounds like an interesting position. It is going to be interesting to see how (and if) everything comes together. With all the job applications I've sent (I lost count after 50) I'm just thrilled to have an interview before the Second Round.

Rejection letters have been coming in. Several jobs were filled by, surprise surprise, inside candidates. It makes me wish they would advertise that fact in the posting. I know that the inside person doesn't ALWAYS get the job (seen it happen) but that is usually where the smart money is.

So, I go. I'm confident that I will do well and show these folks that I am the person for the job. It should be fun. I can't wait to get started.