UCF Music Department
Alexander Rex Burtzos

Alexander Rex Burtzos

  • Assistant Professor

Alexander.Burtzos@ucf.edu
4078236139
Office Hours: By Appointment
Campus Location: PACM230

Alex Burtzos is a composer and conductor whose music has been performed across four continents. Alex has collaborated with some of the world's foremost contemporary musicians and ensembles, including JACK Quartet, Yarn/Wire, loadbang, ETHEL, Jenny Lin, RighteousGIRLS, and many others. His work often incorporates elements of the 20th Century avant-garde, jazz, rock, metal, and hip-hop alongside or against classical/preclassical structures and sounds, justifying these juxtapositions with a great depth of musical ideas and extra-musical knowledge.  Alex’s music takes as its basis and provides commentary on a diverse array of subject matter, from early colonial history to recent events, from Shakespeare’s tragedies to naughty text messages.  His unique approach has earned him accolades and awards from organizations around the world.

Alex is the founder and Artistic Director of ICEBERG New Music, a New York-based composers' collective dedicated to increasing the stylistic and demographic diversity of contemporary classical music. He is also conductor of and composer-in-residence for ShoutHouse, a New York City chamber orchestra comprised of classical, hip-hop, and jazz musicians. With ShoutHouse, he has conducted over 30 world and regional premieres since 2014.

Alex's research interests include recursive musical structure, cross-stylistic analysis, ear training pedagogy and American music in the 20th Century. Prior to joining the UCF faculty in 2018, he taught at Stevens Institute of Technology, Ramapo College of New Jersey, and Manhattan School of Music.

Education

  • D.M.A. in Composition from Manhattan School of Music (2016)
  • M.M. in Composition from Manhattan School of Music (2012)
  • B.M. in Composition from Loyola University New Orleans (2008)

Research Interests

- American Popular Music

- American Music in the 20th Century

- Music Perception and Cognition

Awards

2018 "The Ear" Composition Competition (Winner)

2018 I-Park Foundation Residency

2018 NOCO/Spectri Sonori Composition Competition (Honorable Mention)

2018 Rapee Sagarik Composition Prize (Finalist) 

2018 MotoContrario Composition Competition (Winner)

2017-18 Noree Performing Arts Composer-In-Residence

2017 ASCAP Plus Award

2017 Belvedere Chamber Music Composition Competition (Grand Prize Winner)

2017 TUTTI Festival Call for Scores (Winner)

2016 Verdant Vibes Call for Scores (Finalist)

2016 Symphony No. 1 Call for Scores (Finalist)

2015 Society for New Music Brian Israel Award (Winner)

2015 ASCAP Morton Gould Award (Finalist)

2015 ensemble mise-en Call for Scores (Winner)

2015 Secret Opera Call for Scores (Winner)

2015 Dynamic Music Festival Call for Scores (Winner)

2015 Florida State Festival of New Music Call for Scores (Winner)

2014 ASCAP Morton Gould Award (Finalist)

2013 Jordan Berk Award for Saxophone Composition (Winner)

Courses

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
10669 MUC2104C Composition Ⅱ Face2Face M,W 10:30AM - 11:30AM Not Online
No Description Available
10670 MUC3105C Composition Ⅲ Face2Face M 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
10672 MUC4106C Composition Ⅳ Face2Face M 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
10616 MUC5112 Composition Ⅴ Face2Face M 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
10618 MUC6251 Composition Ⅵ Face2Face M 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
10316 MUS2360C Intro to Music Technology Face2Face M,W 5:00PM - 6:15PM Not Online
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
80136 MUC1101C Composition Ⅰ Face2Face M,W 10:30AM - 11:20AM Not Online
No Description Available
80326 MUC3105C Composition Ⅲ Face2Face M 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
80713 MUC4106C Composition Ⅳ Face2Face M 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
80742 MUC5112 Composition Ⅴ Face2Face M 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
80531 MUC6251 Composition Ⅵ Face2Face M 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
81353 MUT4311 Orchestration Face2Face Tu,Th 4:30PM - 5:45PM Not Online
No Description Available
81354 MUT5316 Orchestration Face2Face Tu,Th 4:30PM - 5:45PM Not Online
No Description Available

No courses found for Summer 2018.

No courses found for Spring 2018.

No courses found for Fall 2017.

Updated: Sep 10, 2018

Music Department • College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Central Florida
Phone: 407-823-2869 Fax: 407-823-3378 • E-mail: ucfmusic@ucf.edu