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Justus Schlichting

Laguna Beach, CA

Justus Schlichting’s  juvenile writing appeared in the Federation of American Societies of Experimental Biology, Clinical Chemistry, Crawdaddy, Rolling Stone, Playboy, and Newsweek. Abandoning ad copy for computer code, he worked for seven University of California campuses, Cal State Los Angeles, the University of Nevada, the University of Washington, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA), Hughes Aircraft, and General Dynamics Corporation. He co-founded S&S Datalink, Inc. in 1996, creating systems that processed health insurance claims and patient records for non-profit public hospitals nationwide. He retired in 2014. Mr. Schlichting earned a B.A. from Oberlin College and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University.

A lifelong attendee of classical concerts, Mr. Schlichting studied trombone for six years with Frank Crisafulli, and composition with Olly Wilson.  He recently took up the cello, a humbling experience.  In 2012, he and his wife Elizabeth began commissioning new art music.  Since 2014, 120 pieces they supported have premiered, with another 80 still to come.   Completed projects include Shared Madness (32 short new works for solo violin written for Jennifer Koh), Hopscotch (an opera performed in 24 limousines cruising the streets of Los Angeles), Bridge to Beethoven (four new works paired with Beethoven’s piano and violin sonatas exploring musical identity), Anatomy Theater (an opera presenting the public execution and dissection of a British murderess), The Source (an oratorio about Chelsea Manning and Wikileaks), Josephine Baker: A Portrait (for the Ojai Festival), six pieces by emerging composers for the Eighth Blackbird Creative Lab, and violin concertos by Vijay Iyer and Daniel Bjarnason.  They are excited to support Cello Solos Today (12 pieces for intermediate cellists), LIgneous 4 (for marimba and string quartet), Jesse Jones: Persona Mechanica (piano concerto), and a cello quintet by Donald Crockett through New Music Connect.  He serves on the Steering Committee of New Music Connect, and on the boards of arco collaborative, inc.wild Up, and Yarlung Artists.  He and his wife wish to thank the following composers, whose work they have supported:

Samuel Adams
Julia Adolphe
Andy Akiho
Timo Andres
Matthew Aucoin
Artur Avanesov
Jean-Baptiste Barriere
Derek Bermel
Lisa Bielawa
Daniel Bjarnason
Bruce Broughton
David Bruce
Dan Caputo
Christopher Cerrone
Anthony Cheung
Danny Clay
Anna Clyne
Donald Crockett
Viet Cuong
Mario Davidovsky
Jonathan Dawe
Mario Diaz de Leon
Zosha Di Castri
Bryce Dessner
James Dillon
Fjola Evans
Gabriella Lena Frank
David Fulmer
Detlev Glanert
Philip Glass
Geoffrey Gordon
Michael Gordon
Mark Grey
Marc Andre Hamelin
John Harbison
Ted Hearne
Molly Heron
Anders Hillborg
Jeffrey Holmes
Armen Hyusnunts
Vijay Iyer
Jesse Jones
Gabriel Kahane
Artashes Kartalyan
Ashot Kartalyan
Phil Kline
Veronika Krausas
David Lang
Hannah Lash
Steve Lehman
Wei-Chieh Lin
Marc Lowenstein
David Ludwig
Tigran Mansourian
James Matheson
Missy Mazzoli
Matt McBane
Andrew McIntosh
Eric Nathan
Marc Neikrug
Andrew Norman
Carter Pann
Arvo Pärt
Michel Petrossian
Ellen Reid
David Rosenboom
Christopher Rountree
Kaija Saariaho
Esa-Pekka Salonen
Daniel Sedgwick
Caroline Shaw
Sean Shepherd
Noam Sivan
Tyshawn Sorey
Augusta Read Thomas
Anna Thorvaldsdóttir
Mark-Anthony Turnage
Martin Ulikhanyan
Julia Wolfe
Charles Wuorinen
Ashot Zohrabian