Drew Swatosh is a composer originally hailing from Vancouver, Washington. Coming from a background in arts integrated education, they strive to create connections within their music, whether through the inclusion of programmatic/extra musical elements; collaborating with other composers, musicians, and artists; and/or combining different musical styles and compositional techniques. Their compositions include chamber works, vocal/choral pieces, arrangements of Brazilian music, and electroacoustic/electronic works. Drew has been commissioned by the Glacier View Junior High Concert Choir, Vancouver School of Arts and Academics Focus Orchestra and Focus Jazz Band, and guitarist Ciyadh Wells.
As a composer, Drew has studied with Elizabeth Ackerman, Dave Averre, Bill Whitley, Carlos Velez, and Kevin Walczyk. They hold a two degrees in music composition from Western Oregon University, a Bachelor of Music (2015), and, upon completion of their secular requiem, a Master of Music (2019). Drew has participated in many different master classes with composers including Martin Bresnick, Dave Metzger, Chen Yi, Gabriel Prokofiev, and Lisa Neher. Beyond master classes, Drew has participated in the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium and the Fear No Music Young Composers Project. For their SATB setting of the Poem In Flanders Fields by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, Drew won 1st place in the Washington State Music Teachers Association Young Composers Project for the 11th grade division. Drew’s pronouns are they/them and their last name is pronounced “SWAH-tahsh.”