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.

Donald Erb (1927 - 2008)

I just heard about Donald Erb's death. I'm a huge fan of his music and was lucky enough to have some lessons with him quite a long time ago. I saw him cut and gut several folks in master classes and was terrified of showing him my work. He liked my piece and only suggested that I add a single measure. The fact that I walked out of our lesson with out any scars, bruises, or broken fingers still fills me with pride to this very day...

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