Garrett Schumann is an award-winning composer, internationally-published music theorist, and arts entrepreneur who comes to the Hayes School of Music after eight years of creating, educating, and community-building in Southeast Michigan. Garrett's music has been celebrated for its, "breadth of timbres", described as, "dazzling", and lauded for its ability to, "constantly captivate". An ardent collaborator, Garrett routinely works with leading soloists and ensembles from around the country and beyond, including mezzo-soprano Megan Ihnen, percussionists Chris Froh and Mayumi Hama, pianist Jeannette Fang, percussionist Andres Pichardo of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Latitude49, WindSync, the Akropolis Reed Quinter, the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
Garrett's upcoming commissions and world premieres include works for Megan Ihnen and Alan Theisen Present, violist Michael Hall, pianist Nicholas Phillips, and oboist Andreas Oeste, as well as a new CD on Naxos Records featuring the historically-informed orchestration of Beethoven's Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 7, in C minor Garrett completed with maestro Yaniv Segal of the Naples Philharmonic. In 2017, Garrett served as an Inaugural Fellow at the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy for Music, a new artistic workshop for promising composers founded by the internationally-renowned American composer, Gabriela Lena Frank.
Noted for his analyses of heavy metal music, Garrett has presented his music theory research at conferences and guest appearances across the country as well as in Europe, and his writings have been published in the journal Music Theory Spectrum as well as the proceedings of the 2015 Modern Heavy Metal Conference in Helsinki, Finland. Garrett is an in-demand guest composer, and has presented his music in composition seminars at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and the University of Michigan, among others. He has also discussed his music and creative process on the podcasts, So Many Wrong Notes, Lexical Tones, The Music Publishing Podcast, and The Portfolio Composer. Garrett's scholarly interests are broad, and he has also presented research on the intersection of gender studies and musical aesthetics, and conducted collaborative qualitative and quantitative studies of social media behavior in music-related communities on Twitter.
Prior to his appointment at Appalachian State University, Garrett served as a faculty member at Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI), Madonna University (Livonia, MI), and the University of Michigan, where he taught a variety of courses in music theory, aural skills, composition, orchestration, and music technology. Garrett's teaching philosophy centers on a broad-based, multi-genre approach and a focus on works by creators whose identities are typically excluded from music theory classrooms.
Garrett holds degrees from Rice University (B.M., Music Composition '10) and the University of Michigan (M.M. Music Composition, '12; D.M.A. Music Composition '15). Garrett also serves as co-founder, President, and Executive Director of ÆPEX Contemporary Performance, a concert presenting organization dedicated to sharing the music of rarely performed and underrepresented twentieth and twenty-first century composers from around the world with audiences in Michigan.