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. During his time at UTSA, Gomez was awarded the Reed Holmes Composition Award in the spring of 2015 by the UTSA Department of Music. Additionally, Gomez was the winner of the Texas Orchestra Directors Association Composition Competition in the summer of 2017.
   In conjunction with his studies in composition, Gomez began to study conducting with Maestro Terence Frazor and was mentored by Dr. Eugene Dowdy, former Director of Orchestras at UTSA. Gomez had previously studied with Dowdy when he was a student at Sandra Day O'Connor High School through an Independent Study and Mentorship program. 
 
 After graduating from UTSA, Gomez decided to continue his education at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. Gomez is currently enrolled as a graduate student at Illinois State University receiving 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 finished his composition degree in the spring of 2019 and will be finishing his conducting degree in the spring of 2020 under the mentorship of Dr. Glenn Block. 
 
  As a composer, Gomez has had readings and performances of his works by ensembles like the UTSA Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Dal Niente, the ISU Concert Choir, Opus '17 Quartet, ...and friends ensemble among others.  
   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. 

   Gomez is not only a composer and conductor. Gomez has been playing the cello since he was nine years old and has studied under cellists Ken Freudigman, Lachezar Kostov, Dan Zollars, and Ryan Murphy. 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. Gomez also teaches cello privately and for the Community School of the Arts in Normal, Illinois. 

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