BIOGRAPHY

    Aaron Gomez, a San Antonio native, attended the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) where he received his Bachelor's degree in Music Composition. Gomez studied under Dr. Ethan Wickman, Dr. James Balentine, and Professor James Syler. 
   In conjunction with his studies in composition at UTSA, Gomez began to study conducting with Maestro Terence Frazor privately and was mentored by Dr. Eugene Dowdy, former Director of Orchestras at UTSA. 
 
 After graduating from UTSA, Gomez decided to continue his education at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. Gomez received a master's degree in music composition and a master's degree in orchestral conducting. Under the tutelage of Dr. Martha Horst, Dr. Roger Zare, and Dr. Roy Magnuson, Gomez completed his composition degree in the spring of 2019 and his conducting degree in the spring of 2020 under the mentorship of Dr. Glenn Block. In the spring of 2020, Gomez became a Fulbright Grant recipient and will be working in Taiwan with the National Taiwan University of the Arts for the year 2021. His research includes learning about the Traditional Chinese music discipline and its modernization by Chinese music contemporary composers. 
 
  As a composer, Gomez has had readings and performances of his works by ensembles including the UTSA Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Dal Niente, the ISU Concert Choir, Opus '17 Quartet, ...and friends ensemble among others. Gomez was awarded the Reed Holmes Composition Award in the spring of 2015 and was the winner of the Texas Orchestra Directors Association Composition Competition in the summer of 2017.
   As a conductor, Gomez has rehearsed and conducted both large and small orchestral ensembles performing works by composers including Tchaikovsky, Saint-Säens, Brahms, Stravisnky, Bizet, Gomez, Beethoven, Dvořák, and Mozart as well as staged musical and operatic productions. During his time at ISU, Gomez served as assistant conductor to Dr. Glenn Block as well as Orchestra Manager for the ISU Symphony Orchestra. 

   Not only a composer and conductor, Gomez has also been playing the cello since he was nine years old and has studied under cellists Ken Freudigman, Lachezar Kostov, Dan Zollars, Ryan Murphy, and Dr. Adriana Ransom. Gomez has performed in various orchestras and ensembles in Texas and Illinois including The Orchestra of the Incarnate Word, Symphony Viva, Opus '17 , the Illinois State University Symphony Orchestra, the Illinois Valey Symphony Orchestra, the "...and friends" chamber ensemble, and the San Antonio Chinese Orchestra. 

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