Joshua Groffman’s music draws on experiments in time and form, a background as a performer of rock, jazz, and art music, and a strong sense of the specificity of place. His works have been performed by groups including the American Composers Orchestra, Ensemble Laboratorium, Vital Opera, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, New York New Music Collective, Poné Ensemble for New Music, Delaware Valley Chorale, Ars Musica Chorale, Duo 231, Bard College Vocal Arts Program, and the Indiana University Contemporary Vocal Ensemble and selected for performance at the Aspen Music Festival, June in Buffalo, SEAMUS National Conference, Florida State University New Music Festival, Cal State Fullerton New Music Festival, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Midwest Composers Symposium, and the 60×60 VoxNovus East Coast Mix. Current projects include Unfinished, a new opera commissioned by Vital Opera, written in collaboration with poet Sarah Heady, as well as a commission for Fordham University’s Voices Up! concert series.
Groffman (b. 1984) graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University in 2007, where he completed double majors in music and history. While at Cornell, he studied composition with Roberto Sierra and Steven Stucky and piano with Xak Bjerken and Malcolm Bilson. Groffman holds Doctor of Music (2012) and Master of Music (2009) degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he studied composition with Sven-David Sandström, P.Q. Phan, Claude Baker, Aaron Travers, and Don Freund and computer music with Jeffrey Hass and John Gibson. He is currently Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and has taught previously at Sarah Lawrence College, the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University, and the Jacobs School of Music. A native of New York’s Hudson Valley, he is founder of One Quiet Plunge, a group devoted to the promotion and performance of new music in that area.