SERIES 4

COMMISSIONING CYCLE

Our 2021-2022 Season will run from August 2021 - July 2022

The Composers

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Jaron Brown

JaRon Brown is a composer with his bachelor’s degree in music composition from The University of South Carolina. Originally from Hollywood, SC, he studied composition under the direction of Dr. John Fitz Rogers and Dr. David K. Garner, as well as percussion with Dr. Scott Herring and Dr. Brett Landry. While at The University of South Carolina, he has had the luxury of premiering four of his most recent works Fragmented Shards of Crystallized Water (2015), Neurobaloo (2016), RIPEHEART (2017), and Giant Woman (2017). Most recently he provided original music for an all new original play script entitled "Growing up Alice" for the Blythewood High School drama team under the direction of Sandra Dietel, which won the South Carolina theater division in competition in 2017. JaRon had the premiere of Gutterflys (2020), performed by Grammy award winning Third Coast Percussion on their most recent Family Reunion fundraiser concert. 

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Shelby Scott

Shelby Scott is a composer and educator based in Tallahassee, Florida. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Music Composition and Music Theory form the University of Kansas where she studied with Dr. Ingrid Stölzel, and she is currently pursuing a master’s degree at Florida State University where she is studying with Dr. Clifton Callender. Her work often portrays themes of ambiguity and duality, engages in rhythmic playfulness, and explores organic unfolding of musical material. More recently, her works have explored environmental themes with an emphasis on addressing the climate crises. Currently, she is working on a collection of works centered around addressing plastic pollution. Shelby’s works were selected for the 2019 season of the Lunart Festival, and the 2018 season of the Atlantic Music Festival. In recent years, she has collaborated with notable ensembles such as the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, the Burgin String Quartet, the Unheard-of Ensemble, and the Triplepoint Trio Ensemble. 

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Aaron Houston

With a “strong voice in composition” (Ellen Taaffe Zwilich), the music of Aaron Houston (b. 1991) lives where the energetic soul of rock, folk music, and more collides with his classical training in unexpected ways that the Tallahassee Democrat said “[feels] alive and tangible to the audience.”

As a composer, Aaron has been recognized as an award nominee from the Academy of Arts & Letters, a finalist for the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, winner of the Dallas Winds 2020 Fanfare Contest, and winner of the Civitasolis Quintet 2020 Call for Scores, among others. His music has been performed by the Albany Symphony (NY), Fifth House Ensemble, the Baltimore Choral Arts Center and more throughout the United States, Germany, and Brazil.

Aaron holds degrees in composition from Baylor University and Florida State University where he was the recipient of the 2017-2018 Ellen Taaffe Zwilich Fellowship for orchestral composition.