Brandon Rumsey, Composer - Summer Music Festivals

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May 20th, 2013
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About The Artist

Brandon Rumsey, Composer

Brandon Scott Rumsey (b. 1987, Las Vegas, NV) is an award-winning composer, multi-instrumentalist, educator, and interdisciplinary collaborator whose music has been featured at venues across the nation. Brandon is currently a Kent Kennan Endowed Graduate Fellow at The University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music where he is pursuing a master’s degree in composition. Beginning fall of 2014, he will begin a doctor of musical arts degree in composition at the University of Michigan.

His music has been featured by The University of Texas New Music Ensemble, Brevard Music Center, Bowdoin International Music Festival, New Music on the Point, Oregon Bach Festival Composer’s Symposium by Fireworks Ensemble, the Eugene Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, and four North American...

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I am completing my first year of graduate study in music composition at the University of Texas, Austin. For the past two years I have been fortunate, with the assistance of supporters like you, to participate in two major summer festivals including the Bowdoin International Music Festival in 2011 and the Brevard music Center Festival in 2012.

Last summer, the Brevard Music Center Festival Composition Institute afforded the opportunity to compose and have performed three new works: “Epitaph for a Darling Lady” an art song for soprano, clarinet, and piano; “Spellbound” for large chamber ensemble (the largest chamber work by a student composer ever premiered at Brevard); and “I Lost You in the Trees” for tuba soloist and Wind Ensemble. While at the festival, I attended many sold-out concerts, sang in the BMC Chorus under the baton of Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart, and studied with two distinguished composers: Robert Aldridge and David Dzubay.

Brevard’s Composition Institute was the perfect context for my professional and artistic growth, and I am thrilled that Brevard Music Center has awarded me a Teaching Assistantship for the summer of 2013—a full-scholarship position that will provide the opportunity to work very closely with the composition faculty, administration, festival participants, and the ITCH Ensemble—the very ensemble that performed my compositions last year!

In addition to Brevard, I have been selected as a composer participant by the New Music on the Point, a contemporary chamber music program in Vermont where invited composers have new works performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), a group of 33 industry-leading performers who are dedicated to reshaping the way music is experienced. There, I will study with the festival's composition faculty and work within a group of 12-15 selected composers.


It is my goal, with your support, to be engaged in an intense period of creative composition this summer. For performance at New Music on the Point, I have composed a song cycle for tenor, bassoon, and piano using texts of Whitman, Dickinson, Pound, and Teasdale. While at Brevard, I will not only be working closely with guest faulty as a Teaching Assistant in the area of composition, but will be fully engaged in composing new works of my own for orchestra, small ensembles, and soloists. Both summer programs will provide me with a back-to-back opportunity to further develop my compositional voice and to establish connections with professional composers and performers.



Although the Brevard Teaching Assistantship financially funds the tuition cost of that festival experience; my participation in the New Music on the Point program is dependent upon my ability to raise funds to cover it, as well as travel expenses and incidental costs involved with both programs.

I am seeking your support in helping me fund these two exciting summer opportunities. I have established this BELTÀ fund raising campaign to assist me in this effort. Your making a tax-deductible pledge, at any level of support, is most appreciated.


To thank you for believing in me and encouraging my work, I will provide each sponsor with a hand-written "thank you" letter delivered from a festival this summer, a CD recording of the work I compose and have performed this summer in addition to a samplings of other representative works, and I will list your name on my professional website:! Thank you so much for your encouragement and generous assistance.


  • Tuition for New Music on the Point(6/3-6/16) $1500
  • Tuition for Brevard Music Center(6/16-8/5) $0 (Scholarship)
  • Travel to/from each festival $1,200
  • Incidental Expenses for Residencies $400

Total: $3100

Not comfortable donating online?  We accept donations via check as well.  Please mail donations to BELTÀ, 1712 E. Riverside Dr., Suite 47, Austin, TX 78741.  Be sure to mark "Brandon Rumsey" in the memo line so that your support can be routed towards this project.