Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble

Theatre of Music

40 Years Strong! 



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 was Managing Director of PNME 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.

A native of Vestal, New York, Nytch completed a dual bachelors degree in geology and music from Franklin and Marshall College, and earned Masters and Doctoral degrees in composition from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. His principal teachers include John Carbon and Paul Cooper. He has also studied with Donald Erb and participated in master classes with Ross Lee Finney, Christopher Rouse, and Samuel Adler.

Hailed by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as "both impressive and satisfying," Nytch’s music comprises a wide range of works that have been performed at venues throughout the United States and Europe, including Lincoln Center, the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Soho Arts Festival, The Festival at Sandpoint, MoMA, the Marktoberdorf International Chamber Choir Competition, and the Breckenridge Music Festival. His compositions have been performed by such artists as Richard Stoltzman, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the Ahn Trio, the National Repertory Orchestra, the New York Chamber Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, the Binghamton Philharmonic, and the Colorado Symphony. Nytch has received numerous grants, awards and commissions, and has released recordings with 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. Most recently, this Symphony No. 1: Formations, inspired by the geology of the Rocky Mountains, was co-commissioned by the Boulder Philharmonic and the Geological Society of America, receiving its premiere in the Fall of 2013.

In addition to composing and teaching, Nytch serves as a strategic consultant to arts organizations and works with educational institutions seeking to develop or begin entrepreneurship programs. As a national leader in the emerging field of arts entrepreneurship, he has lectured and conducted workshops at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, The Manhattan School of Music, Western Michigan University, The University of Minnesota, Louisiana State University, Baylor University, Arizona State University, and many others. His forthcoming book, The Entrepreneurial Muse: Rethinking the classical music career, has recently been accepted by Oxford University Press for a 2017 release.