Justin Giarrusso is a composer of contemporary art music appealling to diverse audiences. He writes in chamber, operatic, choral, and orchestral genres. His music is characterized by light textures and is driven by formal structure. Giarrusso’s works frequently involve collaboration across artistic fields and incorporates interdisciplinary thought.
Recently, "A World Apart" was produced by NANOWorks Opera and "If It’s Not Baroque…" was premiered by the Florida State University New Music Ensemble. Justin has been a winner of the Lexington Philharmonic’s New Music Experiment, the Mu Phi Epsilon Original Composition Contest, the Manhattan Choral Ensemble’s New Music for New York Composition Competition, and the Huntsville Youth Orchestra's First Annual Young Composers’ Forum Composition Competition; and a finalist for the 2012 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards.
He is a graduate of Florida State University, the University of Louisville, and Ohio Wesleyan University, where he received a D.M. in Music Composition, an M.M. in Music Composition, and a B.A. in Music Theory, respectively. He has studied composition under the guidance of Clifton Callender, Steve Rouse, Jennifer Jolley, Clint Needham, and Jason Bahr.