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Jason Michael Gerraughty’s musical background began with horn lessons at the age of 9 and involvement in numerous school, local, and regional ensembles. At the age of 13, Gerraughty began studies in conducting and music theory with the director of a community band in his home state of New Hampshire, conducting pieces with the band throughout high school. He became interested in composing at the age of 15, and premieres with school and local ensembles led to attending The Hartt School in 2001, where he studied composition with Ingram Marshall, Robert Carl, and Stephen Gryc. Gerraughty graduated from the Hartt School in 2005. Gerraughty then went on to receive his master’s degree in 2009 at the University of Oregon, studying with Robert Kyr and David Crumb.
Enjoying collaboration with other artists from both within the spectrum of music as well as from other disciplines, Gerraughty has collaborated with The Hartford Art School Film Department, collaborating in a “Music Video Project” with students of Gene Gort. His most recent collaboration was as an inaugural member of the American Creators Ensemble at the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium, working with members of Fireworks New Music Ensemble and Beta Collide to premiere several composers works from all over the world. Gerraughty has also collaborated with So Percussion, who played with him as a member of the Pacific Rim Gamelan, the University of Oregon’s Balinese gamelan.
Gerraughty has been recognized amongst his peers for his composition, placing as a finalist in the 2007 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Awards, and earning the 2005 Edward Diemente Prize in Composition from The Hartt School. His piece, Interrobang, was selected from amongst submissions from composers at the 2007 Bowdoin International Music Festival for performance at Bowdoin’s Gamper Festival of New Music.
Currently, Gerraughty lives in New York, pursuing a PhD in Composition from Stony Brook University and teaching privately. His most recent project is TWEAK, for Wind Ensemble and Electronics, commissioned by David Vickerman and the Johns Hopkins University Wind Ensemble.