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’s compositions have recently been performed by the New York Festival of Song, Miami Frost Wind Ensemble, sTem Trio, Trade Winds Quintet 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 forthcoming projects include a commission for the Contemporary Undercurrent of Song Project (Princeton, NJ) and, in the summer of 2017, a collaboration with Trade Winds Quintet where he will develop a composition-focused series of workshops with the organization RefugeeOne and its partner schools (Chicago, IL). Brandon has received honors from American Composers Orchestra, National Federation of Music Clubs, ASCAP, University of Oregon, and Belvedere Chamber Music.
Beyond the concert hall, Brandon has composed for independent film, musicals, and contemporary plays. Also active as a professional bassoonist, he recently Brandon co-founded the Emblems Quintet, a professional woodwind quintet committed to education, performing overlooked repertoire, and commissioning new works.
Brandon is a Graduate Student Instructor in Music Theory at the University of Michigan where he is a doctoral candidate in Composition and a Graduate Certificate student in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies through the U-M Department of Women's Studies. 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. Passionate about advocacy and leadership, Brandon recently served on the U-M School of Music, Theatre and Dance Graduate Student Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and has served as the director of the Itch New Music Ensemble at Brevard Music Center, PR Coordinator of CLUTCH New Music at The University of Texas, and was Composition co-chair for The Graduate Association of Music & Musicians at UT (GAMMA-UT) in 2014.