Greg Simon

Greg Simon


Greg Simon

Assistant Professor of Composition (Concert; Jazz; Commercial), Area Head Composition
D.M.A. University of Michigan, 2015
M.M. University of Colorado Boulder, 2010
B.A. University of Puget Sound, 2007

Greg Simon is Assistant Professor of Composition (Concert/Jazz/Commercial) in the Glenn Korff School of Music. He also serves on the composition artist-faculty at the Brevard Music Center.

Dr. Simon’s works have been performed by ensembles and performers around the country, including Alarm Will Sound, the Fifth House Ensemble, the Playground Ensemble of Denver, and the California All-State Symphonic Band. He has presented work at conferences for the American Band College, the College Band Directors’ National Association, the World Saxophone Congress, and the North American Saxophone Alliance, as well as being featured in radio and digital broadcasts from Pendulum New Music and WFMT. Dr. Simon was recently named the winner of the National Association of Composers/USA (NACUSA) 37th Annual Young Composer's Competition; other awards and honors include the Brehm Prize in Choral Composition from the University of Michigan, the POLYPHONOS national commission from the Esoterics, and first prize in the TorQ Percussion Quartet’s first annual Composition Competition, with further recognition from the Pacific Chorale, the Fifth House Ensemble, and CBDNA, among others. Dr. Simon has been a featured composer at the Mizzou International Composers’ Festival and was the young composer-in-residence for the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings. His music is published by Hal Leonard; and recordings are available from the Blue Griffin, Equilibrium, Open G, Fifth House, SMS Classical, and Terpsichore labels, as well as in the Naxos of America catalogue.

As a jazz trumpeter, Dr. Simon studied with Bill Lucas, Ellen Rowe, and Brad Goode. Among his performance credits are appearances with the Greenville Jazz Collective, the Rhythm Society Orchestra, and the Jodi-Renee Band. He is an active proponent of new music for improvising musicians; among his credits as featured soloist are appearances in world premieres from composers Stephen Rush, Michael Theodore, and Hunter Ewen.

Dr. Simon's duties at UNL include teaching applied composition; courses in composition, jazz, and music history topics; and overseeing the GKSOM's Flyover New Music Series. Prior to his appointment at UNL, he taught at Concordia University Ann Arbor, the Metropolitan State University of Denver, and the University of Colorado. 

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