Arkansas-born composer Wayne Eastwood wrote his first song when he was ten years old. All-in-all, he thought the whole thing pretty easy work, so he spent his formative years teaching himself music theory, vocal production, and composition. On arriving at university, he was fortunate to find professors willing to clean him up and provide him with a portfolio sufficient to interest Ned Rorem in tutoring him.

He sang and conducted for a time in New York City, but finding school easier than working for a living, he returned regularly to university studies. He holds an undergraduate degree in voice, a master’s degree in composition, and a Ph.D. in conducting from the College of Music, the University of North Texas. The university enclosed a note with his diploma informing him that they had changed the locks on the conservatory doors and he should get a life.

Eastwood has worked as the Director of Choral Activities for universities in Texas, taught graduate courses in California and Ohio, and spent a term at the University of Łodz, Poland, lecturing on the dangers of American music. He is married to a pastor and lives in an 1885 Victorian held together by paint and inertia.

His music appears regularly in the programs of university choruses and standing choirs across the country. The Philippine-based Ateneo Chamber Singers performed a set of his choral works on their recent world tour, to outstanding reviews and a few screams for diplomatic immunity. His love is more thicker than forget recently won the New York Choral Consortium’s inaugural Sing New York! Festival prize.

He continues to be an important voice in contemporary music composition. He is represented by PROJECT : ENCORE™ and has served as Featured Composer for Schola Cantorum on Hudson, Composer in Residence for the Shafley Ensemble and the Arlington Singers, and Composer Not in Residence for the San Francisco Choral Artists. Eastwood is also the Creative Consultant of the New Music Initiative for Project : Encore, a review of contemporary choral literature. He collects Pogo first editions, vintage LPs, and patterned paper towels that he stuffs into the cracks in the walls of his house.

love is more thicker than forgetVoicing: SATB  Optional Accompaniment: Organ  Performance Length: 3:15  Notation: Standard  Text Source: E. E. Cummings  Language: English  Descriptive Terms: Love, Overcoming, Triumph  First Performance: Jun 15, 2011: NY Choral Consortium Choral Convergence Chorus, Deborah Simpkin King, St. Paul the Apostle, 9th avenue and W. 59th St, NY, NY Text Setting Composer’s Notes Source for Scores (P:E 82/84)
The Joy of Our Heart Is CeasedVoicing: SATB  Accompaniment: Unaccompanied  Performance Length: 4:44  Notation: Standard  Text Source: Lamentations 5  Language: English  Seasonal/Liturgical Uses: Lent, Passiontide, Yom Kippur  Descriptive Terms: Forget, Holocaust, Lamentation, Mourning, Sorrow  First Performance: Apr 12, 2009: San Francisco Choral Artists, Magen Solomon, St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church, San Francisco, CA Text Setting Composer’s Notes Source for Scores (P:E 82/85)
Life and ArtVoicing: SATB  Accompaniment: Unaccompanied  Performance Length: 4:04  Notation: Standard  Text Source: Emma Lazarus  Language: English  Descriptive Terms: Art, Life, Love, Mystery, Sacrifice  First Performance: Mar 30, 2014: San Francisco Choral Artists, Magen Solomon, St Gregory of Nyssa, San Francisco Text Setting Source for Scores (P:E 82/270~2015-Q1)
Final LitanyVoicing: SATB/SSA/TTB by movement  Solo(s): Soprano, Bass, Narrator  Accompaniment: Piano, Cello, Clarinet, Timpani  Performance Length: 38:40  Alternative Notation: Some alternative notation and improvisatory elements  Text Source: Emily Dickinson, Death Row Inmates, Psalm 51, Book of Common Prayer, Clement of Alexandria, Ordinary of the Mass, Johan Franck  Language: English  Seasonal/Liturgical Uses: Easter, Lent, Memorial Services  Descriptive Terms: Forgiveness, Freedom, Future, Healing, Hope, Overcoming, Reconciliation, Redemption, Regret, Remorse, Resurrection, Salvation  First Performance: May 19, 1996: Schola Cantorum on Hudson, Deborah Simpkin King, St. Michael Church, Jersey City, NJ, USA Text Setting Composer’s Notes Source for Scores (P:E 82/83)