Photo by Luis Escareño

Photo by Luis Escareño

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 is currently on the music theory faculty of Madonna University, a composition teaching artist with the Trade Winds Ensemble, works as an editorial assistant and copyist at the Gershwin Initiative, and 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 solo bassoon works for Jeffrey Lyman and Javier Rodriguez. 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. 

Passionate about advocacy and leadership, Brandon served on the U-M School of Music, Theatre and Dance Graduate Student Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, was PR Coordinator of CLUTCH New Music at The University of Texas, Composition co-chair for The Graduate Association of Music & Musicians at UT, and has served as the director of the Itch New Music Ensemble at Brevard Music Center. Brandon holds a doctoral degree in Composition and a Graduate Certificate in LGBTQ Studies at the University of Michigan. He holds 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.