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.


Well, usually at this time of year (post finals) I would be sitting on the couch watching some horrible television or, otherwise, sitting in front of my computer killing zombies. Instead, I've been working a LOT in the office.

Two grant opportunities are due this week, I hope they hit. That would be cool. More on those later. The big reason for the post is that I've finished the score to my marimba duo: Throb. This is the first time I've actually written out an improvisation and my second piece to include improv (the first has yet to be notated).

Wanna see it? Here is it:Throb.pdf

Throb is a fun word. I feel a little cheeky writing a piece called Throb, but just a little.

Anyhow, I get a real rush from making my scores and sending them out. Am I alone in this?