solo works

  • a thing I cannot name (2019)
    • slow lyrical work for unaccompanied flute
  • Fire Walk (2014)
    • unaccompanied piece for glissando flute
    • based on Twin Peaks

with electronics

  • Dreams Grow Like Slow Ice (2013)
    • lullaby-based piece for glissando flute and fixed media
  • All My Dreams are Silent (2010)
    • three dramatic movements for flute and fixed media
    • original version for various ethnic flutes
  • Mercurial (2008)
    • groovy rhythmic work for flute and fixed media


  • Used Illusions (2017)
    • three movements for glissando flute and band (grade 3/4)
    • based on Guns n’ Roses songs
    • glissando flute is optional
    • flute + piano score also available

chamber ensembles with flute

  • Threads (2021)
    • flute choir (picc. 4 flutes, alto, bass, optional contrabass)
    • version for piccolo + 6 flutes also available
  • Total Eclipse of the Fugue (2021)
    • a short fugue for woodwind quintet
  • Word of the Day (2015)
    • for medium voice, flute, and bass clarinet, text by Joanna White
  • Real Me (2011)
    • 1 minute work for alto flute and marimba
  • Anagram Fragments (2011)
    • three short movements for flute and soprano sax
  • Oblique Extensions (2010)
    • duo for flute, cello, and optional fixed media
  • Oblique Variations (2009)
    • lyrical contrapuntal duet for flute and cello
  • Goodnight, Nobody (2008)
    • Goodnight Moon-inspired piece for flute, vibraphone, violin, and cello
  • [untitled] (2007)
    • sextet for flute/alto flute, oboe/English horn, clarinet/bass clarinet, viola, cello/viola da gamba, and piano/percussion
  • Inventions (1995)
    • three contrapuntal pieces for flute and clarinet

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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