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.

Important Announcement

While the blogs here are all music oriented most of the time, I felt the need to fill you all in on another important facet of my creative output.

Last night, I bottled my Honey Brown beer. In two weeks, it should be drinkable. It has a mild sweetness to it and just a little hop bitterness. The style is a bit like the Dundee Honey Brown but not nearly as cloyingly sweet and soft.

It feels good to make beer again. I brewed a batch before moving to Florida in 2006 and didn't brew again until December of 2007. Florida was too hot for yeast fermentation without refrigeration (and my Kelvinator broke down before the move). I bought a used Keg-o-rater which is perfect - perfect, I say, for my beer brewing needs. It is just the right size and it has a tap on the top. I don't keg my beer yet but I will soon.

I've missed my hobby. I'd been without a hobby for a long time and it was really starting to bug me. Music can't be the ONLY thing I do. Now I'm back in action and stimulating the economy with purchases of beer ingredients.