Jeffrey Nytch has built a diverse career as a composer, teacher, performer, arts administrator, and consultant. He has also run a small business, co-founded a non-profit service organization in Houston, performed a wide range of repertoire as a vocalist, and served as PNME’s Managing Director from 2003-2007. In 2009 he joined the faculty of The University of Colorado-Boulder, where he serves as Director of the Entrepreneurship Center for Music, one of the leading programs of its kind.
A native of Vestal, New York, Jeff completed a dual Bachelors degree in music and geology at Franklin and Marshall College, and went on to earn Masters and Doctoral degrees in composition from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. His compositional catalogue comprises a wide range of works that have been performed by major artists at venues throughout the United States and Europe, including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Soho Arts Festival, MoMA, the Luzerne Chamber Music Festival, the Breckenridge Music Festival, and many others. He’s also been commissioned four times by PNME, most recently his “Notturno,” accompanied by the art of Pittsburgh artist Val Cox. His music has been recorded by the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony with Richard Stoltzman and conductor Gerard Schwarz, and by George Manahan and the New York Chamber Symphony. The recording of his Clarinet Concerto was listed among the Best Classical Discs of 2002 by Gramophone magazine. Recent projects include his Symphony No. 1: Formations, inspired by the geology of the Rocky Mountains and co-commissioned by the Boulder Philharmonic and the Geological Society of America (2013), and his first string quartet, Seize the Sun: Fantasy on Icarus, premiered at Carnegie Hall by the Carpe Diem String Quartet (2017). He is currently working on a violin concerto for Edward Dusinberre of the Grammy-winning Takács Quartet.
Teaching is another big passion of Jeff’s. Before his appointment at The University of Colorado, he held teaching posts at Carnegie Mellon University, the American Festival for the Arts, and Franklin & Marshall College. He is now a leading figure in the emerging field of arts entrepreneurship, teaching and lecturing across the country at numerous institutions including the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, the University of Michigan, the Manhattan School of Music, Northwestern University, Arizona State, Michigan State, and many national conferences and workshops. He has recently been selected as a keynote speaker at the First International Conference on Music Entrepreneurship in Oslo, Norway. His book, The Entrepreneurial Muse: A classical musician’s guide to entrepreneurship will be released by Oxford University Press later this year.