Brandon Rumsey, Composer - Brevard Music Center

83% ($1,630)
May 01st, 2014
Raised $1,630 of $1,950

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 so grateful for BELTÀ, a unique Austin-based organization who supports artists by providing a platform for promoting exciting projects, and patrons with a a tax-deductible and comprehensive way to give. Last year’s BELTÀ grant was supported by 40 patrons, friends, and colleagues, allowing me to attend New Music on the Point in Vermont and Brevard Music Center, ultimately leading to the creation of several staple works which would comprise the majority of my master’s portfolio. The fruits of last year’s vibrant summer can be sampled below!

Limelight (2013) for flute, clarinet, violin and cello

This work was premiered at Brevard Music Center by five incredible performers, performed again on my master’s recital, and most recently awarded 2nd prize in the Luna Nova Composition Competition. Limelight will be performed at Belvedere Chamber Music Festival in Memphis, Tennessee this June. Read more at

Divine Intervention (2013) for horn, harp, and string quartet

This work was premiered at Brevard Music Center, then in the fall selected by composer Dan Welcher to be performed by the University of Texas New Music Ensemble.

Walk the Earth (2013) for symphony orchestra

My master’s thesis work, an 8 minute overture for large symphony orchestra, was started at Brevard and read and workshopped by the Brevard Sinfonia conducted by Ken Lam. The piece was expanded and reworked entirely, then read by the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra and conducted by James O. Welsch.

Faces (2013) for tenor, bassoon and piano

This work was premiered at New Music on the Point last summer by four stellar musicians including Jason Weisinger, who after performing Faces decided to commission me to write a song cycle that could be performed on his master’s recital at the University of Cincinatti Conservatory. The resulting work, written for Jason, is In the Primal Garden (2014).

Although the majority of my development as a composer takes place at my desk writing music, application of my skills as a professional musician through summer programs have allowed me to make the most of my time away from the classroom by cultivating lasting relationships with performers, sharing my music with diverse faculty artists, and learning from the experience of student composers from all over the world.


I am honored to have been accepted to Brevard Music Center for yet another summer of creation, collaboration, education, and professional development in the beautiful blue ridge mountains that have become somewhat of a second home for me. Not only will I again be creating three new works at Brevard, but I will have the opportunity to hear the Brevard Festival Orchestra, whose 2014 season repertoire includes some stellar works that I have yet to hear live!


Brevard Music Center has generously awarded $4,000 in need and merit-based aid to be applied toward the cost of tuition, leaving $1,900 to close the gap.

It seems like just yesterday that I was a first-year music student at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. This fall, I am thrilled to announce that I will be beginning a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree in composition at the University of Michigan, and my activities at Brevard will provide a perfect prelude to the final stage in my exciting career as a student. Thank you so much for your generous support, and for taking the time to learn more about my project.

To learn more about Brandon Scott Rumsey, please visit his website at


Remaining tuition for Brevard Music Center: $1,900

Not comfortable donating online?  You can mail a check to BELTA, 1712 E. Riverside Dr. Suite 25, Austin, TX 78741.  Be sure to mark "Brandon Rumsey" on the memo line so that your donation can be routed towards this project.