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Ismael Garza

HMP Compositions


Ismael Garza (b. 1994) is a composer, percussionist, and music educator.  Most recent compositional achievements include honorable mentions for the Percussive Arts Society composition competition with his work for Brass quintet and percussion quartet entitled Like Lead into the Sea (2017), and the International Percussion Institutes Call for Scores (2018) with his marimba solo entitled “Sing in me, Muse”. As a graduate of the University of North Texas Ismael has had the privilege to study under Christopher Deane, Paul Rennick, Jose Aponte, Jacob Thiede, and Michael Smith. Aside from his educational accomplishments Ismael is influenced by literature, history, science and the condition of human society, ideas and concepts in these subjects can be found in the output of his compositions.

Artistic and career pursuits of Ismael consist of expanding the musical repertoire of the percussion and orchestral world. As an advocate for music and its importance in global society Ismael believes everyone should have access to a quality musical education. He contributes to this pursuit of equity through his work as a teacher and as a composer.

 Should you have any questions regarding compositional works Ismael can be reached at esmieaau@gmail.com.