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Josh Armenta

Mexico City, MX            

Chicano composer Josh Armenta writes music of and about our time.

He finds inspiration in themes such as worker’s rights, urban tragedy, loss of life and the juxtaposition of the sacred and profane.

The recipient of several national and international awards, Josh’s music has been performed in the United States and the United Kingdom. He has received commissions from organizations such as Indianapolis Opera, the Peabody Institute, the Great Noise Ensemble and the Music Makers of London, and performers such as harpist Jordan Thomas, Sam Bessen (french horn), and Taylor Boykins (mezzo-soprano).

Currently an advising adjunct faculty member at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Josh has presented papers and works at the International Computer Music Conference, the Aspen Composers Conference, and the New York Electroacoustic Music Festival, and guest-lectured at institutions such as the University of Nebraska, the Peabody Institute, the Catholic University of America, and the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in Karachi, Pakistan. He has contributed source code to the Lilypond Project and assisted on several recordings.

Josh earned his Bachelor of Music degree in composition from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, where he studied conducting with Murry Sidlin, David Searle and Leo Nestor, and composition with Steven Strunk and Stephen Gorbos. Additionally, he holds a Masters of Music in Composition from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Michael Hersch, and a Masters of Music in Computer Music Research and Technology, where his thesis was directed by Geoffrey Wright.

He lives and works in Mexico City where he is currently pursuing advanced studies in the Nahuatl language at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. In the 2019-2020 season he is expecting premieres and performances in Chicago, Baltimore, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Indianapolis and Washington, DC.

Sonetos del amor oscuro (2018)

Great Noise Ensemble
Joshua Diaz, Tenor
Blair Skinner, Conductor

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Articles August 27 2019 | By Josh Armenta
The Aftermath

When your life falls apart, you learn to build a new one. Likewise, when your vision collapses, you learn to see things through a different lens. Josh Armenta has used...

Articles August 21 2019 | By Josh Armenta
Admitting I Had A Problem

After struggling with depression and anxiety, Josh Armenta tried adjusting his lifestyle and even moved to a new city, hoping that the changes would help alleviate these problems and allow...

Articles August 13 2019 | By Josh Armenta
Finding Myself in an Alternate Reality, or 12 months on Sand Hill Road

When composer Josh Armenta took a job in Silicon Valley to pay the bills, he quickly felt completely disconnected from his field and craft. However, after opening his mind to...

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