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This is a fansite for American composer Garrett Byrnes and classical music in general. I first heard of Byrnes when, after being awarded the Northridge Prize, his work “Red Moon” was premiered in The Golden State (where I live). I’ve been hooked to his works and classical music ever since.

About Garrett Byrnes

Byrnes was born on December 30, 1971 in Bad Kreuznach, Germany (where his father was assigned to a United States Army base).

Later in his life, he transferred to New Jersey to formally study the composition of music. He has a bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degree which he got from the Boston Conservatory, the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, respectively. He has studied music composition with the likes of Sven-David Sandström, Chen Yi and Larry Bell (among many other known composers).

Now, Byrnes is teaching as an assistant professor of composition and theory at the Ball State University. He was also an associate instructor before at the Indiana University, as well as an adjunct assistant professor at the Illinois Wesleyan University. He has also received fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Yaddo.

Aside from the Northridge Prize for orchestral composition, Byrnes has also received numerous other awards for his works. Some of them were bestowed by the American Music Center, ASCAP, National Association of Composers and the California State University.

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