Digital Music Systems Administrator (On Leave 2017-2018)
B.Mus. (Composition and Music Theory): The Catholic University of America
M.M. (Composition): Peabody Conservatory
M.M. (Computer Music): Peabody Conservatory
Composer Josh Armenta writes music of and about our time.
He finds inspiration in themes such as worker’s rights, urban tragedy, loss of life and the juxtaposition of the sacred and profane.
The recipient of several national and international awards, Josh’s music has been performed the United States and the European Union. In 2012, his two act opera, The City of God, which chronicles the life and death of David Koresh, was premiered at the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, DC. The libretto was noted by DC Theatre Scene as having “powerful stuff driven by a building drum beat that is unmistakably warlike,” while “the music…generated real emotion”.
Josh earned his Bachelor of Music degree in composition from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, where he studied conducting with Murry Sidlin, David Searle and Leo Nestor, and composition with Steven Strunk and Stephen Gorbos. Additionally, he holds two masters degrees in Music Composition and Computer Music Research and Technology from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he worked under the guidance of distinguished composers Michael Hersch and Geoffrey Wright.
His research interests include the sociological impact of public art in the developing world, algorithmic computational applications to composition, and traditional First Nations liturgy and sacred music.
During the 2017-18 Season, he is expecting performances of his music in Baltimore and San Francisco, as well as paper presentations in Paris and Portland, Oregon. A native Californian, he currently divides his time between Baltimore and Silicon Valley.