Ep 48-Garrett Shatzer on The Non-Academic Composer Life

Ep 48-Garrett Shatzer on The Non-Academic Composer Life

Garrett’s music has been performed in such venues as the Kennedy Center, Teatro Colòn, and St. Peter’s Basilica. His current commissions include a song for soprano Mireille Asselin and the Reverb Brass Quintet with bespoke poetry by Darla Biel; and a song cycle for soprano Ann Moss and the Hausmann String Quartet with bespoke poetry by Sandra Alcosser.
After completing his PhD, Garrett chose to forego academia and is currently the Annual Fund & Institutional Giving Manager at Oakland Symphony.

Give the Composer on Fire podcast a Rating and Review!

In this episode Garrett Shatzer discusses how to build a career outside academia, grant applications, and more!

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Having options as a creative
  • Not pursuing academia
  • Skills necessary for non-academic jobs
    • Writing
    • Speaking
  • Graduate school
  • The importance of relationships
  • Setting yourself up for success in grants
    • Tell your story
    • Why is your project important?
    • Being socially conscious?
    • Music examples
      • Using excerpts
      • Know who is reviewing the grants
  • Reaching out to grant foundations
  • The audience wants/needs surveying
  • Writing music of our time
  • Programming new vs old music
  • Knowing your audience
  • Alf Bishai
  • Tips for reaching out to performers
    • Power of a great recording
    • Find ensembles that do what you do
    • Be polite
    • Make it easy
    • Connect to them


  • www.garrettshatzer.com

Recommended Listening:

Recommended Reading:

This post contains affiliate links.


One Comment

  1. […] model for a modern composer who has intentionally chosen not to go the academic route. Listen to his interview on the Composer on Fire podcast where he discusses the reasons […]

Comments are closed.