Aaron Houston

Composer, 2018

Aaron Houston is a composer who collaborates with artists and musicians to create music that draws from the diverse influences of the American musical language for the everyday concert audience.

As a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Aaron has performed as a member of wind ensembles, orchestras, choirs, and jazz ensembles. His eclectic influences—from rock music to folk tunes, chorales, and everything in between—can be heard in his use of harmonies and intuitive melodic writing. Taking inspiration from Wagner and Guns N’ Roses, his composition Reconciliation (2017) juxtaposes a variety of these against each other before finding resolution in an ever-ascending statement of a Bach chorale.

Similarly, Macallaí(2016) utilizes the folk tune “Idumea” as an overpowering melody presented in the bass as the foundation of a work which also draws inspiration from the music of Pink Floyd and U2. Other compositions, such as Miles Away(2016) or Scuttle Buttin’(2018) have also drawn from blues and jazz sources such as Miles Davis and Texas Blues legend Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Growing up, Aaron lived in Mesquite, Texas before moving to Waco in 2010 to pursue a Bachelor of Church Music degree at Baylor University and later a Master of Music Composition degree where he studied with Scott McAllister. Currently, Aaron is pursuing his DM in Composition at Florida State University where he has studied with Stephen Montague, Ellen Taafe Zwilich, and the late Ladislav Kubik as the recipient of the Ellen Taaffe Zwilich Fellowship for orchestral composition.

Aaron was the winner of the 2015 Baylor Symphony Orchestra Composition Contest for his composition Macallaías well as a finalist for the 2016 Baylor Wind Ensemble Composition Contest.

For more information about Aaron, please check out his website.

Aaron Houston – Scuttle Buttin’
for oboe, clarinet, bassoon, two violins, viola, cello, double bass