Aaron Houston (b. 1991) composes music that lives where the energetic soul of rock, folk music, and more collides with his classical training in unexpected ways to create what Ellen Taaffe Zwilich has labeled as a "strong voice in composition" and reviews have said "[feels] alive and tangible to the audience" (Tallahassee Deomcrat).
Upcoming Projects include a new work for percussion ensemble in collaboration with Sam Houston High School in Arlington, Texas; a fixed media work for film and dance with choreographer Tim Glenn to explore perspective and context in the perception of layered movement. His recent work, Midway to Midtown (2019), merges the influences of Texas Blues legend Stevie Ray Vaughan with "brilliant orchestration" (George Tsontakis) and was premiered by David Alan Miller and members of the Albany Symphony Orchestra. Inspired by the idea of story-telling, this work blends Aaron's background as a Texas Blues guitarist witha developed craft and contrapuntal writing. Other projects include Americana Soul (2019) - a virtuosic work for unaccompanied viola featuring the sounds of American folk music and premiered by violist Brian Bires as an encore with the Gewandhaus Akademisches Orchester in Leipzig, Germany; Jam and Toast (2018) for solo horn based on the sounds of Motown funk commissioned by Parker Nelson; Delirium Nocturnum (2019) - written for Fifth House Ensemble as a response to the destruction from Hurricane Michael on the Florida Panhandle; and a new work for orchestra inspired by the story of Prometheus.
Aaron's music has been commissioned and performed by ensembles including: Albany Symphony Orchestra (NY), Fifth House Ensemble in Chicago, the Univesrity Symphony Orchestra at Florida State University, Baltimore Choral ARts Society in Maryland, violist Brian Bires, the Baylor Symphony Orchestra and more with performances in Germany, Brazil, and across the United States. His compositions have been honored as an award nominee by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a finalist for the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, winner of the 2020 Dallas Winds Fanfare Composition Contest, winner of the 2020 Civitasolis Call for Reed Quintet Miniatures, finalist for the Verdant Vibes 2019 Call for Scores, finalist for the 2016 Baylor University Wind Ensemble Composition Contest, and winner of the 2015 Baylor University Orchstra Composition Contest. He has been accepted to or participated in the 2020 MusicFest Aberystwyth in Wales, U.K., the 2019 São Paulo Contemporary Composers Festival, the 2019 Albany Symphony (NY) "Orchestrating for the 21st Century" workshop and "First Draughts" New Music Reading session with Christopher Theofanidis, the 2019 RED NOTE New Music Festival at Illinois State University, the 2019 Festival of New Music at FSU, the 2018 Fresh Inc Festival in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the 2016 Charlotte New Music Festival in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the 2016 Atlantic Music Festival held at Colby College in Waterville, Maine.
Aaron studied with Scott Mcallister at Baylor University where he received his BM in Church and MM in Composition. He earned his DM in Composition and Theory from Florida State University where he studied with Stephen Montague, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Clifton Callender, and the late Ladislav Kubik as the recipient of the 2017-2018 Ellen Taaffe Zwilich Fellowship for Orchestral Composition. He served as the 2019-2019 Outreach Officer for the Society of Composers, Inc. at Florida State University and the 2019-2020 President of SCI at FSU.