He also co-founded the New Lens Concert Series with composer Juhi Bansal and cellist Kevin Krentz. New Lens aims to rebuild bridges between living composers and audiences by carefully juxtaposing masterworks with contemporary pieces which draw upon more traditional materials. Furthermore, New Lens does not reveal the program to the audience until after the pieces have been performed, thus negating many of the preconceptions tied to a composer’s dates. Launched in April 2012, New Lens’s second series took place late-April/early-May, 2013, with six shows by Panic Duo throughout California.
Holding degrees from the University of Michigan, the University of Miami, and the University of Californa – Davis, Garrett has also had the privilege of studying music theory at Florida State University and composition at institutions in Paris, Buenos Aires, Melbourne, and Rome, amongst others. He is a member of New Music USA and is represented by BMI. After choosing to forego an academic career to support the arts in non-profit work, he took a position at the Association of California Symphony Orchestras, where he remains employed.
A condensed version of his CV can be found here: CV_Shatzer_WebsiteApr2014