My name is Garrett Schumann, I am a composer, music scholar, and arts administrator based in Ypsilanti, MI. In 2015, I received my D.M.A. in Music Composition from the University of Michigan, and since then I have held faculty positions in music and the liberal arts at the University of Michigan, Appalachian State University, Western Michigan University, Madonna University, and Washtenaw Community College.

My research interests include heavy metal music, gender studies, engraving music manuscripts, music theory pedagogy, and the music of obscure composers with minority identities (i.e. women, people of color, and members of other historically oppressed populations).

I am also an award-winning composer whose original vocal, instrumental, and electronic works are regularly performed across the country and internationally. And, I serve as the co-founding Executive Director of ÆPEX Contemporary Performance, a nonprofit concert presenting organization whose mission is to share the music of rarely performed and underrepresented twentieth and twenty-first century composers from around the world with audiences across the state of Michigan.


2015 – D.M.A. in Music Composition, University of Michigan

2012 – M.M. in Music Composition, University of Michigan

2010 – B.M. in Music Composition (magna cum laude), Rice University


TBD – “Opportunity and Urgency: A Case for Including Digital Humanities Courses in Graduate Music Curricula”, in The Digital Futures of Graduate Study in the Humanities, University of Minnesota Press

2020 – “Centuries of Silence: Vicente Lusitano and Classical Music’s Selective Memory”, VAN Magazine https://van-us.atavist.com/vicente-lusitano


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