Greg Simon is a doctoral student at the University of Michigan. He holds a B.A. from the University of Puget Sound and an M.M. from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and has studied composition with Kristin Kuster, Daniel Kellogg, Carter Pann, and Robert Hutchinson. He has also studied with Kevin Puts and Robert Aldridge at the Brevard Music Institute, where he was awarded a fellowship. Prior to doctoral study, Greg served on the faculties of the University of Colorado and the Metropolitan State College of Denver.
Greg’s works have been performed by the California Band Directors’ Association All-State Symphonic Band, the Fifth House Ensemble of Chicago, and the Playground Ensemble of Denver, among many others. He has presented work at conferences for the World Saxophone Congress, the College Band Directors’ National Association, the Society of Composers, Inc. and the North American Saxophone Alliance, as well as being featured in radio and digital broadcasts from Pendulum New Music and WFMT. Greg’s compositions have received awards and honors from ASCAP, CBDNA, California State University at Bakersfield, the Fifth House Ensemble, the Pacific Chorale, and the University of Colorado.
An accomplished jazz trumpeter, Greg has performed and collaborated with celebrated Denver-area jazz artists like Jeff Jenkins, the Jodi-Renee Band, and Nat Wickham. Greg is active in promoting new music for trumpet and for improvising musicians; his repertoire includes new works by Greg Bartholomew, Liz Comninellis and Hunter Ewen. In his spare time, Greg enjoys hockey, microbrews, and short stories. www.gregsimonmusic.com