S. Anthony Amstutz has had several performances of original compositions performed across the United States. Some of his recent significant performances of such compositions include: As Lady from Her Door, a song cycle for voice, flute, and piano, performed at the SCI Region VI Conference in Manhattan, Kansas by faculty musicians at Kansas State University in March 2010; Antiphonal Fanfare and Waltz, for trumpet duet, commissioned by the Center for the Study of American Ideals and Culture, premiered at Constitution Day Concert in Tucson, Arizona in September of 2011; Tumamoc Hill, for woodwind quintet, commissioned by Dr. Michael Rosenzwieg at the College of Science, University of Arizona. The piece was premiered at The Old Library on Tumamoc Hill in Tucson, Arizona in January of 2012 in celebration of Arizona's centennial anniversary; and Postcards from Chicago, four movements for brass quintet, premiered by students of the University of Arizona School of Music in February of 2013.

Dr. S. Anthony Amstutz began studying music as many do, in the public school system where he aspired to be a typical choir/band geek playing several different instruments. In search of a far more encompassing and challenging musical atmosphere, he supplemented his musical training by singing in community and church choirs, and studying voice, piano, clarinet and cello privately. There, he was exposed to chamber music literature, opera, art song, and particularly oratorio.

Amstutz received his Bachelors of Music in Music Composition from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana in 2007 and his Masters of Music in Music Composition from Ball State University in 2009.

Though his degrees are in music composition, Amstutz continued to perform and study voice during his matriculation at Ball State. He studied voice with Dr. Mei Zhong and Dr. Craig Priebe and performed frequently with BSU Opera. He appeared in scene studies as John Falstaff from Nicolaiís Merry Wives of Windsor as well as the title role in Donizettiís Don Pasquale. He also performed the role of Monostatos in a full production of Mozartís Die Zauberflöte as well as Nireno in Handelís Giulio Cesare. As a faculty member, he served as an assistant director in a BSU Opera production of Líamico Fritz in 2010. Amstutz co-authored a childrenís opera based on the works of Gilbert and Sullivan with University of Central Missouri faculty member, Dr. Carla Jo Maltas; The Three Little Pigs from School received over a dozen performances by the BSU Opera outreach program in Indiana and Ohio.

Amstutz has held numerous college assistantships and adjunct positions in Indiana and Arizona teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in music theory, aural skills training, orchestration, and 20th century music analysis. He recently gave a paper presentation, Love Letters, Mystic Visions, and Religious Sensuality in the Music of Hildegard of Bingen, at the AMS-Rocky Mountain Chapter Musicology Conference in Flagstaff, Arizona in April of 2013.

Amstutz is very appreciative of the composers with whom he has studied, including Keith Kothman, Jody Nagel, Michael Pounds, Vera Stanojevic, Thomas Wells, and Daniel Asia. Amstutzís music is often characterized as artfully awkward and full of character with an emphasis on melody and theme. He has composed choral works, various chamber pieces, art songs, and other small ensembles. His work often explores the relationship between music and location. This topic has been seen more evident in his more recent pieces.

Amstutz graduated with a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Music Composition with a minor in music theory from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona on Friday, May 16, 2014. He currently lives in Eaton, IN.

Compositions

Shakti



Piece for saxophone and piano. Performed by Om Shrivastiva and Damion Mead.


Alone



Art song with poetry by Edgar Allan Poe. Performed by Kellen Lawrence.


Tumamoc Hill



Woodwind Quintet inspired by the scientific nature preserve just west of downtown Tucson. This piece was commissioned by the College of Science, University of Arizona. It was premiered in January 29, 2012 by the Graduate Woodwind Quintet on site unto of Tumamoc Hill.


Postcards from Chicago: Cloud Gate



Postcards from Chicago is a collection of four pieces for brass quintet each inspired and named after a location found in the city of Chicago, IL. Cloud Gate is an outdoor public sculpture by artist, Anish Kapoor. It is located in Millennium Park and is commonly known by its nickname, the bean.