Garrett Schumann is an award-winning American composer based in Ypsilanti, MI where he lives with his wonderful wife, Shana, and their beloved cat, Frankie. Over the last few years, Garrett has focused on creating new works for a wide variety of instrumentations, including collaborations with the Chicago-based chamber ensemble Latitude49, the Akropolis Reed Quintet, percussionist Andres Pichardo of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and percussionist Christopher Sies. Garrett’s most recent projects include scoring NYC-based director Cosmo Carlson’s upcoming short film The Derby, and composing a series of songs – setting the poetry of several exciting, young living poets – for violist Michael Hall and mezzo-soprano Megan Ihnen, the first part of which they premiered over the summer. In 2015, Garrett teamed up with Michigan-based conductor Kevin Fitzgerald to found ÆPEX Contemporary Performance, a concert presenting organization specializing in bringing the world’s best new music to audiences in their home state of Michigan. Garrett currently serves as ÆPEX’s President and Executive Director, and is enthralled with the potential of this organization to make Michigan’s music-loving public more excited for contemporary music and the creativity of living composers than ever before. Garrett received his DMA in Music Composition from the University of Michigan in 2015, also received his masters from UM in 2012, and attended Rice University as an undergraduate student. Garrett currently teaches composition and other music courses at Western Michigan University and Madonna University (Livonia, MI).