Jeffrey Nytch comes to the Entrepreneurship Center for Music having built a diverse career as a composer, teacher, performer, and arts administrator. For 15 years he has continually developed his entrepreneurial skills through creating commissioning opportunities, establishing residencies with community organizations, and building relationships with patrons. He has also run a small business, helped found a non-profit service organization in Houston, performed a wide range of repertoire as a vocalist, and served six seasons as Managing Director of The Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble (“PNME”), one of the nation’s premiere new music ensembles.
A native of Vestal, New York, Nytch completed a bachelors degree at Franklin and Marshall College (Lancaster, Pennsylvania), studying with John Carbon, and earned Masters and Doctoral degrees in composition from the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University (Houston), under the guidance of Composer-in-Residence Paul Cooper. He has also studied with Donald Erb at Gunther Schuller’s Schweitzer Institute of Music in Sandpoint, Idaho.
Hailed by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as “both impressive and satisfying,” Nytch’s music comprises a wide range of works that have been performed at venues throughout the United States and Europe, including Lincoln Center, the Soho Arts Festival, The Festival at Sandpoint, the Luzerne Chamber Music Festival, the Marktoberdorf International Chamber Choir Competition, and the Breckenridge Music Festival. His compositions have been performed by such artists as Richard Stoltzman (clarinet), Ann Labounsky (organ), the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the Ahn Trio, Verge Ensemble, the National Repertory Orchestra, the New York Chamber Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, the Boulder Philharmonic, and the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra. Nytch has received numerous grants, awards and commissions, including First Prize in the American Festival for the Arts American Composers’ Competition, a Creative Artist Grant from the Cultural Arts Council of Houston, and awards from ASCAP, the Ithaca College Choral Composition Competition, The Morton Gould Composers’ Competition, “Meet the Composer,” the American Music Center and the Mellon Foundation. Nytch’s music has been recorded by the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Robert Black, the Seattle Symphony with Richard Stoltzman and conductor Gerard Schwarz, and by George Manahan and the New York Chamber Symphony. He recently premiered his first symphony, subtitled "Formations." This work, inspired by the geology of the Rocky Mountains, was co-commissioned by the Boulder Philharmonic and the Geological Society of America.
During his tenure with The Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Nytch partnered with Artistic Director Kevin Noe to introduce an innovative new approach to presenting contemporary chamber music, incorporating movement, theatrical lighting, spoken word, video, and costumes to create a unique “theater of music.” The new format resulted in a 600% increase in attendance in five years, as well as a doubling of the organization’s budget. He still serves as President of PNME's Board.
Since leaving PNME, Nytch has held a variety of teaching posts, including Artist Instructor at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Music and Visiting Assistant Professor at Franklin & Marshall College.
In addition to teaching and composing, Nytch is in frequent demand as a speaker on arts entrepreneurship and a consultant to small arts organizations. He has delivered lectures and master classes at the Manhattan School of Music, Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, the University of Minnesota, Baylor University, and others. In his consulting business he uses entrepreneurial principles to create a unique approach to strategic planning.
In his off time Jeff enjoys gardening, bowling, hiking, and fine food and wine. He is an atrocious golfer but still tries to play when he can.