Aaron Houston composes music that lives where the energetic soul of rock, folk music, and more collides with his classical training to in unexpected ways to create what Ellen Taaffe Zilich has labeled as a "strong voice in composition" and reviews have said "[feels] alive and tangible to the audience" (Emily McCarthy).
His recent work, Midway to Midtown (2019) merges the influences of Texas Blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan with "brilliant orchestration (George Tsontakis) and was premiered by David Alan Miller and the Albany Symphony Orchestra. Other projects include Americana Soul (2019) for unaccompanied viola featuring a virtuosic expression of American folk music, Delirium Nocturnum (2018) for Fifth House Ensemble which responds to the destruction from Hurricane Michael, and a current project for full orchestra inspired by the story of Prometheus.
Aaron grew up playing guitar and trumpet in Mesquite, Texas before moving to Waco in 2010 to pursue a Bachelor of Church Music degree at Baylor University and later a Master of Music Composition degree where he studied with Scott McAllister and worked to incorporate his love of Texas Blues and jazz into his voice as a composer. Currently, Aaron is pursuing his DM in Composition at Florida State University where he has studied with Stephen Montague, Ellen Taafe Zwilich, Clifton Callender and the late Ladislav Kubik as the recipient of the Ellen Taaffe Zwilich Fellowship for Orchestral Composition. This has allowed him to focus his time by working closely with the orchestras at FSU while composing a work for FSU's University Symphony Orchestra.
Aaron has been accepted to or participated in the 2020 MusicFest Aberystwyth in Wales, U.K., 2019 São Paulo Contemporary Composers Festival, the 2019 Albany Symphony (NY) "Orchestrating for the 21st Century" workshop and "First Draughts" New Music Reading session, 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. His music has been premiered by members of the Albany Symphony (NY) led by David Alan Miller, Fifth House Ensemble in Chicago, the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, the AMF Contemporary Ensemble, the Baylor University Men's Choir, Lagan Percussion, and the Baylor Symphony Orchestra as the winner of their 2015 Composition Contest for his composition Macallaí, and many others.