solo works

  • All My Thoughts Are the Same (2018)
    • an extended work for unaccompanied cello
  • Slumber Music (2008)
    • two dreamy movements for cello and piano

chamber ensembles with cello

  • Two Slow Movements (2014)
    • for soprano sax, alto sax, tenor sax, trombone, electric guitar, vibraphone, violin, cello, and bass
  • Concertino (2013)
    • for trombone soloist with bass clarinet, tenor sax, baritone sax, cello, bass, 2 percussionists, and piano
  • No. (2011)
    • a stubborn 1-minute duo for violin and cello
  • Goodnight, Nobody (2008)
    • Goodnight Moon-inspired piece for flute, vibraphone, violin, and cello
  • Passacaglia Variations (are made of this) (2008)
    • 80’s-inspired duo for two cellos
  • [untitled] (2007)
    • sextet for flute/alto flute, oboe/English horn, clarinet/bass clarinet, viola, cello/viola da gamba, and piano/percussion
  • Quartet 10 (2003)
    • binary-based work for string quartet

About Me

Jay C. Batzner (b. 1974) is currently on the faculty of Central Michigan University. He reads too many comic books and tries to find time for sewing and other various hobbies. Jay likes playing chess but loses a LOT of games. 

Jay’s frequent interdisciplinary collaborations with choreographer Heather Trommer-Beardslee has led to several dance works based on student veterans, ecological succession, the Larry Craig scandal, and hyena behaviors. The hyena piece even includes puppets! 

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