Josiah Tayag Catalan is a Filipino-American who was born in New York City and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He holds a degree from Sacramento State, School of Music in Music Theory and Composition, where he studied with Stephen Blumberg and Leo Eylar and violin with Anna Presler and Ian Swensen. In 2012, he was chosen to represent the music department by composing a piece for the annual One World Initiative campaign, in which selected students and faculty engage, lead, and raise awareness in the community around a central global issue. In 2013, he was awarded Best Composition in the Festival of New American Music’s Student Composer’s Competition. His music has been played by performers such as the Empyrean Ensemble, Chris Froh, Lucy Fitz Gibbon, and the Atlantic Festival Contemporary Ensemble. Josiah’s recent compositional interests are varied and diverse and use several musical styles while exploring a wide range of topics from our human experiences, from social issues to natural phenomena.
Presently, Josiah is pursuing his Ph.D. in music theory and composition at the University of California, Davis. He has studied composition with Sam Nichols and is currently studying with Kurt Rhode. Several premieres of his compositions are scheduled for 2017 and 2018, including a piece for flute and piano, harp and electronics, solo violin, and the Lydian String Quartet.