• Word of the Day (2015)

    Download the score – Word of the Day Range: B-flat 3 – F5 “Orbs (Word of the Day)” I tear off yesterdayand see orbicular,circle pressed, orbicularis oris kissof wind into the flute.Spread your lips along the silver tube as we onceblew over curved green glassof bottled coke, foghorn low. Or pucker a whistle,trill it down… Continue reading

  • Two Shorter Songs (2020)

    jaybatzner · Two Shorter Songs Download the score – Two Shorter Songs Range: D4 – F-sharp 5 Program NotesTwo Shorter Songs was originally composed for countertenor Jerry Hui and saxophonist Aaron Durst. Whenever a composer is given the opportunity to write for a countertenor with perfect pitch, we are honor-bound to do so! I am… Continue reading

  • Voiseynvention (2009)

    Download the score – Voiseynvention Voiseynvention was composed for Robert Voisey’s XL birthday. I took the letters in Robert’s name and created two musical mottos from them. One of the mottos was a simple numerical procedure which I have subsequently forgotten. The other procedure mapped the letters of his name onto a telephone keypad and… Continue reading

  • Five Fugues (2021)

    Download the score – Five Fugues I wrote these fugues in April 2020 as part of a mini-challenge put on by the RPM Challenge. I’ve always been a fan of writing fugues and abstracting hooks from my Top 40 Radio past. It was a match made in heaven. I wrote a few others and collected… Continue reading

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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