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Justin Writer is a composer of modern solo, chamber and large ensemble works. Writer’s music is performed by professional and university ensembles throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico, South America, and Southeast Asia. His music is published by Cimarron Music Press, Media Press, Alea Publishing, Echelon Music Press, and Fatrock Ink. Fantasia and Five Images From Early Earth can be heard on Duo Avanzando's debut CD. Fantasia can be heard on Ascend from the Society of Composer Inc. CD series. Writer is currently Professor and Area Coordinator of Composition and Theory at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. 

Awards, honors, and special performances include multiple ASCAP Plus awards, SEAMUS National Conference (2022, 2024), 2022 ISB/David Walter Composition Competition Honorable Mention, 2018 ITEA Super Regional (Madrid), 2018 World Saxophone Congress, International Trombone Festival (2019, 2021, 2022), International Society of Bassists 2017 Conference, European Bass Festival (2016), US Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Workshop (2017), SCI National Conference (2011, 2017, 2020), International Trumpet Guild (2015, 2016), CMS South Central Chapter (2009, 2023), International Viola Congress (2014), International Tuba/Euphonium Conference (2012, 2019), International Tuba/Euphonium South Central Regional Conference (2011, 2017, 2023), North American Saxophone Alliance (2012, 2017), Chicago Bass Festival (2012), SCI Region 6 Conference (2010, 2019, 2020), CMS National Conferences (2010, 2011, 2021, 2023), winner of the Wichita State University Contemporary Music Festival Competition (1999, 2000), winner of Levande Musik’s Live Elevator Project (2008), Voxnovus 60X60 Midwest Minutes Mix (2006), work selected for 2009 Nashville Sound Crawl, work selected for the University of Nebraska at Kearney New Music Festival (2007), work selected for the Seventh International Festival of Contemporary Art, Mexico, 2000, Finalist - 1997 BMG National Young Composers Competition, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Kappa Kappa Psi.

Writer received his D.M.A in Composition from the University of Oklahoma, his M.M. in Theory/Composition from Wichita State University, and a B.M.E. from Pittsburg State University (Kansas). Dr. Writer’s principal composition teachers include Marvin Lamb, Walter Mays, Robert Deemer, Katherine Ann Murdock, Evan Hause, and Stephen Andrew Taylor.