Garrett Schumann is an award-winning composer and music scholar who is based in Ypsilanti, MI. 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 percussionist Cameron Leach, conductor Kevin Fitzgerald, the voice and saxophone duo Megan Ihnen & Alan Theisen Present, percussionist Andres Pichardo and cellist Jeremy Crosmer of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, 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.
Among Garrett’s most recent collaborations are community-centered partnerships with the local nonprofit Embracing Our Differences Michigan and the Ann Arbor District Library. These multimedia projects have produced innovative place-based works for electronics and visual media that prompt audiences to build stronger connections with these organization’s programming and presence in the community.
Garrett teaches a range of music courses in the University of Michigan’s college of Literature, Sciences & the Arts as well as the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. In addition to his work as a composer and educator, Garrett is a prolific scholar whose research ranges from heavy metal analysis to ethnomusicology. You can read Garrett’s original research in Grove Music, Music Theory Spectrum, and VAN Magazine, among other outlets, and he regularly presents his work at universities and conferences in the United States and Europe.