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About

Edgar Girtain (b.1988) is a composer of contemporary classical music originally from the the United States.

Critically acclaimed (New York Times, Denver Post, Mid Sussex Times) Edgar writes “immediately captivating” music that is internationally recognized by professionals and amateurs alike. His formal training began at Ithaca college in 2006, where he studied with Dana Wilson and Sally Lamb. Later he earned his B.M. in Music Education from Rutgers University. Graduate studies took him briefly to Princeton and Rutgers, where he studied with Tarik O’ Regan, Robert Aldridge, and Charles Fussell, eventually earned an M.A. in Music Composition.

Between 2012 and 2016, Edgar worked as a freelance musician in New York, holding posts as a church organist at Trinity Episcopal Church in Allendale and Holy Trinity Luteran Church in Garfield, a school teacher at Northern Highlands Regional High School, and as piano instructor at the Mason Gross Extension Division.  In this time he collaborated with groups such as the Women’s Choir at Northwestern University, members of the American Brass Quintet, the Imperial College Sinfonietta in London, the Arapahoe Philharmonic in Denver, the New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra, the Wind Ensemble at Caldwell University, The Tri-State Brass Society, and the Russian Chamber Choir of New York to name a few.

In 2016 Edgar began teaching and composing at The American School, a private catholic school in Puerto Montt, Chile, where he now lives and works with his wife Cristina and daughter Gretchen.  He frequently gives community concerts as a collaborative keyboardist and arranger with his sextet, FERDEX, as well as a conductor with his choir, The American Choir.

In 2019 he began a PhD program in composition with David Felder on scholarship at SUNY Buffalo. In 2019 he also assumed direction of La Casa de las Artes for the Universidad Austral de Chile in Puerto Montt, where he conducts the Symphonic and Chamber Choirs, in addition to maintaining a piano and composition studio.