Joe Jaxson is a student at James Madison University studying for his B.M. in Composition. Joe pursues versatility in writing within numerous styles and genres ranging from Contemporary Classical to Cinematic Film Scoring.
"Music to me means expressing the things that intrigue me; to find and elicit the emotions I experience and to be able to convey those emotions into the music I write." - Joe
Joe was named an honorable mention in the Young Composers Competition – JMU 37th Contemporary Music Festival at the high school division in 2017 for his brass quartet, “Tranquil, Pulse, and Drive!”. In 2018, his wind ensemble piece, “Fanfare and Celebration” was selected for recognition at the VMEA (Virginia Music Educators Association) Composition Festival during its annual conference. Joe's piece, "Fanfare and Overture for Orchestra" was recently selected by the USC Student Symphony Orchestra 2020 Call for Scores as one of its winners for their upcoming season. During the summer of 2020 Joe has participated in NYU's FIlm Scoring Workshop where he worked with successful Film and TV composers Mark Snow and Michael A. Levine. Joe was also selected as one of the ten composers for the modern chamber group "Five by Five's" 2020 Call for Scores and Ideas. For the summer of 2021, Joe has been accepted to attend the SPLICE Institute which features a variety of workshops focusing on music technology.
In addition to composing, Joe takes pleasure in arranging music. In August 2020, Joe arranged the instrumental for the newly released single, "Rooftop" by recording artist, Georgia Saunders.