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.

"Getting Better"

You know what phrase I'm tired of? "Things will get better." Since moving to Florida, my life has taken a pretty severe down turn. One or two good things have happened, but most of those were in place before I came to the "Sunshine State." Anything initiated since July has turned to shit. Yet people tell me that "things will get better." I don't think they have any idea of how much worse things can (and most likely will) get.

If I was alive 150 years ago, I suppose I could turn all this stuff into awesome music. The problem is I'm tired of depressing music. Everything seems to be about tragedy and pain and such. While those are all the things active in my life, I want nothing to do with them in my music. Is that wrong?

Wasn't it Rautavaara who said something about writing music that reflected the world not as it was but as he wished it would be? The only problem I'm having now is getting away from the world that IS so I can make the one I WANT.

*sigh* Sorry to be on the dark side today. It is the only one I have handy. I'm printing some staff paper and hoping for the best.