Winner of 2020 LMF Composition Challenge "COVID-19: Through a Pandemic"
𝙏𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙖𝙬𝙖𝙧𝙙 𝙞𝙨 𝙨𝙥𝙤𝙣𝙨𝙤𝙧𝙚𝙙 𝙗𝙮 𝙐𝙣𝙞𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙍𝙚𝙖𝙡𝙩𝙮 𝙂𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙥 𝙖𝙨 𝙥𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙖𝙣𝙩𝙝𝙧𝙤𝙥𝙮 𝙖𝙥𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙖𝙘𝙝 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙨𝙪𝙥𝙥𝙤𝙧𝙩𝙨 𝙖𝙧𝙩 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙢𝙪𝙨𝙞𝙘 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙢𝙪𝙣𝙞𝙩𝙮.
Lisker Music Foundation is thrilled to announce Garrison Gerard (b.1994) and his original composition "Discourse", as the winner of the 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟎 𝐋𝐌𝐅 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐠𝐞 - 𝐂𝐎𝐕𝐈𝐃 𝟏𝟗: 𝐓𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐚 𝐏𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐦𝐢𝐜. Garrison is an American composer of electroacoustic and concert music. Characterized by dramatic gestures and moments of arresting luminosity, his music is an exploration through intimate sound worlds. His work builds on multiple traditions spanning from spectralism, modernism, and minimalism as well as reaching back to the classical canon and renaissance music.
His music has been presented internationally with performances by groups such as [Mod]ular Ensemble, Fort Worth
Symphony, and Nu Atmospheres Ensemble. An ardent collaborator, he has been commissioned by ensembles and soloists such as Andrew Cook, Spencer Byrd, the Avenue C Project, Atelier Piano Quartet, and Amorsima String Trio. In 2020 Gerard served as Artist-in-Residence of Padre Island National Seashore—he recorded sounds across the island and incorporated them in multiple pieces exploring the biomes and environmental impact of society along the coast of Texas.
Gerard completed his Masters degree in Music Composition from the University of North Texas and received a Bachelors in Piano from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of North Texas in Denton, where he serves as a composition teaching fellow.