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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 prose 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 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,  over 135 pieces they supported have premiered, with another 90 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, violin concertos by Vijay Iyer, Daniel Bjarnason,  and Pierre Jalbert, In Pursuit of Flying (piano concerto by Hannah Lash for Jeremy Denk and the SPCO), and Limitless (seven composer-performer and violin  duets).  

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), a cello quintet by Donald Crockett, Fanm D’Ayiti by Nathalie Joachim, and Octet by Eve Beglarian through New Music Connect.  He serves on the Steering Committee of New Music Connect, and on the boards of 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, Richard Barrett, Jean-Baptiste Barriere, Eve Beglarian, 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, Toshio Hosokawa, Armen Hyusnunts, Vijay Iyer, Pierre Jalbert, Nathalie Joachim, Jesse Jones, Gabriel Kahane, Artashes Kartalyan, Ashot Kartalyan, Mike Kelley, Phil Kline, Veronika Krausas, David Lang, Hannah Lash, Steve Lehman, Wei-Chieh Lin, Marc Lowenstein, Wang Lu, David Ludwig, Tigran Mansourian, James Matheson, Missy Mazzoli, Matt McBane, Andrew McIntosh, Qasim Naqvi, Eric Nathan, Marc Neikrug, Andrew Norman, Carter Pann, Arvo Pärt, Michel Petrossian, Brendon Randall-Meyers, Ellen Reid, David Rosenboom, Christopher Rountree, Kaija Saariaho, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Vahram Sargsyan, Daniel Sedgwick, Caroline Shaw, Sean Shepherd, Noam Sivan, Tyshawn Sorey, John Steinmetz, Augusta Read Thomas, Anna Thorvaldsdóttir, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Martin Ulikhanyan, Julia Wolfe, Charles Wuorinen, Du Yun, Ashot Zohrabian