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.
Loser no more...UPDATED
This morning I checked my email and found that my Concerto for Timpani won the UK Percussion Ensemble Composition Contest. I'm really excited, being that this is the first time I've ever won anything. Now the piece will get another performance in Lexington, KY (UK as in University of Kentucky, not as in United Kingdom) and I even get a cash award. And I get to put "award winning" in my bio, nyuk nyuk!
Ok, I probably won't do that. But I might.
I don't feel any differently about the piece, which I think is a good one, nor do I expect to ever win anything again. But I do hold this as a testament to my "send stuff to everything you can" philosophy. Who knows what reasons the judges have in picking the pieces that they do. You just gotta keep sending your stuff out there. I hope that my students start to set time aside for searching for opportunities and sending their scores out. Stuff like this isn't going to happen without a bit of hustle.
So, I'm pretty happy today. This is cool. If the same piece wins the Barlow Prize, not only will I do backflips I'll definitely adjust my bio...
Several of you want to hear the piece. Here it is. The soloist is John W. Parks IV and the KU Percussion Ensemble. If you want a score, you can have one.