Garrett Schumann is an award-winning composer, music theorist, and nonprofit arts administrator who splits his time between Southeast Michigan and the mountains of western North Carolina. Garrett’s original music for voice, chamber ensemble, orchestra, electronics and solo instruments has been programmed at venues across the country, in Europe, and in Asia.
An ardent collaborator, Garrett has worked with celebrated soloists and ensembles like the voice and saxophone duo Megan Ihnen & Alan Theisen Present, percussionist Andres Pichardo and cellist Jeremy Crosmer of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, oboist Andreas Oeste, violist Michael Hall, percussionists Christopher Froh and Mayumi Hama, the Akropolis Reed Quintet, Latitude49, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, the Naples Philharmonic, and the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, among others.
Garrett currently serves as Visiting Lecturer in Music Composition & Theory at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, where he teaches private composition lessons, music theory, aural skills, and electronic music. A passionate scholar, Garrett has received international attention for his analyses of heavy metal music, and is currently developing pedagogical resources to address the staggering underrepresentation of female composers, composers of color, and composers with other marginalized identities in standard music theory curricula.
In addition to his work as a composer and educator, Garrett serves as President and Executive Director of ÆPEX Contemporary Performance, a nonprofit concert presenting organization dedicated to sharing the music of rarely performed and underrepresented twentieth and twenty- first century composers with audiences across Michigan. Under Garrett’s leadership, ÆPEX has presented twenty performances at venues in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Detroit, and Kalamazoo, MI and won grants from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs as well as the Ann Arbor Awesome Foundation.