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Justin Writer is a composer of modern solo, chamber and large ensemble works. Writer's music is performed by professional and university ensembles throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico, and South America. His music is published by Cimarron Music Press, Media Press, Fatrock Ink, Echelon Music, and Really Good Music. Fantasia and Five Images from Early Earth can be heard on Duo Avanzando's debut CD. Fantasia can be heard on Ascend from the Society of Composer Inc. CD series.

Awards, honors, and special performances include ASCAPLUS awards (2007-2015, 2017), 2018 World Saxophone Congress, 2018 ITEA Super Regional (Madrid), International Society of Bassists 2017 Conference, European Bass Festival (2016), US Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Workshop (2017), SCI National Conference (2011, 2017), International Trumpet Guild (2015, 2016), CMS South Central Chapter (2009), International Viola Congress (2014), International Tuba/Euphonium Conference (2012), International Tuba/Euphonium South Central Regional Conference (2011, 2017), North American Saxophone Alliance (2012, 2017), Chicago Bass Festival (2012), SCI Region 6 Conference (2010), CMS National Conferences (2010, 2011), winner of the Wichita State University Contemporary Music Festival Competition (1999, 2000), winner of Levande Musik’s Live Elevator Project (2008), Vox Novus 60X60 Midwest Minutes Mix (2006), work selected for 2009 Nashville Sound Crawl, work selected for the University of Nebraska at Kearney New Music Festival (2007), work selected for the Seventh International Festival of Contemporary Art, Mexico, 2000, Finalist, 1997 BMG National Young Composers Competition, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Kappa Kappa Psi.

Writer received his D.M.A in Composition from the University of Oklahoma, his M.M. in Theory/Composition from Wichita State University, and a B.M.E. from Pittsburg State University (Kansas). Dr. Writer’s principal composition teachers include Marvin Lamb, Walter Mays, Robert Deemer, Katherine Ann Murdock, Evan Hause, and Stephen Andrew Taylor. Writer is currently Associate Professor of Composition and Theory at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. 

To learn more about Justin Writer, visit www.justinwriter.com.

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