Brandon Scott Rumsey is a composer, bassoonist, and teacher based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His compositions emphasize harmony, rhythm, texture and orchestrational color and frequently explore themes of love, nature, and conversation. Brandon teaches music theory and music management at Madonna University, is a composition teaching artist with the Trade Winds Ensemble, works as an editorial assistant and copyist at the Gershwin Critical Edition, and is the artistic director and bassoonist of the Emblems Quintet.
Brandon’s compositions have recently been performed by the Contemporary Undercurrent of Song Project (Allie Porter, Amy Petrongelli, and Zach Pulse), New York Festival of Song, Miami Frost Wind Ensemble, sTem Trio, Trade Winds Ensemble at the Umoja Centre in Tanzania, Boston New Music Initiative, Luna Nova Music, and the Eugene Contemporary Chamber Ensemble. His recent composition for wind ensemble, Wanderlust, was premiered in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia by Jason Noble the Scarsdale Wind Ensemble. Exciting upcoming projects include a collaboration with Trade Winds Ensemble where he will develop a composition-focused series of workshops with the organization RefugeeOne and its partner schools (Chicago, IL), a work for Tony Arnold and Third Angle New Music (culminating piece for the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music), and a solo bassoon work for Jeffrey Lyman. Brandon has received honors from the Universities of Michigan, Oregon, and Texas, American Composers Orchestra, National Federation of Music Clubs, ASCAP, and Belvedere Chamber Music.
Beyond the concert hall, Brandon has composed for independent film, musicals, and contemporary plays. Active as a bassoonist, he recently co-founded the Emblems Quintet, a woodwind quintet/artist collective committed to education, inclusive- and equity-conscious programming, and performing exciting overlooked repertoire.
Rumsey holds a DMA in composition from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree in composition from The University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s degree in composition from University of Oregon. His influential teachers include Evan Chambers, Kristin Kuster, Robert Livingston Aldridge, David Dzubay, Dan Welcher, David Crumb, and Robert Kyr.
Representative Works:: Faces (2013), Blueprints (2013) Walk the Earth (2013) Scores for these works also online at ISSUU
Oregon Connection: Brandon's career in Oregon involved collaboration with Eugene theater groups for which he composed incidental music. He wrote scores for The Very Little Theatre's productions of "The Ruby Sunrise" and "The Clean House". He also wrote original music for Lord Leebrick Theatre's production of "Eurydice". (Updated by OCW)