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.


After being on the road for a few weeks, I find myself woefully behind on my composition projects. Oh, I had such fancy plans when May started. So far, I've completed two things. Suddenly I realized that there are some July 15 deadlines on the horizon. The horizon, unfortunately, is Tuesday.

So what do I do? Should I
#1: try to eke out the contest projects in short order?
#2: forget the contest deadlines and work on pieces that others are waiting for (no deadline, though)?
#3: scrap both of these and write something totally different, based on an idea I got last week?

If you have a suggestion, please make it soon. Tuesday isn't far off...