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 Joseph Karz

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Recent Projects


Short Film

Written and animated by Zhangir 

Scored by Joey Karz

ca. 5 minutes


Released July 2024

Lost in Thought 

For String Quintet

Written for the Converge String Quartet

ca. 13 minutes


Premiered March 2023

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Cosmic Gardens

For Saxophone Quartet

Written for Cerus Quartet

ca. 7 minutes

Premiered March, 2024 

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Joseph Karz creates music that draws from contemporary classical, free jazz, film scores, and electronic dance music, culminating in an eclectic, genre fusing sound. As a sophomore in high school, Joey became a fellow in the Los Angeles Philharmonic Nancy and Barry Sanders Composer Fellowship Program, where his pieces were performed by ensembles such as the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Lyris Quartet, and the string instrumentalists of the L.A. Philharmonic. As a senior in high school, Joey was selected as a 2021 YoungArts finalist in classical music, and was a semifinalist for the 2021 United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts Award. Later that year, he was featured on NPR’s From the Top radio series, where his piece Binding Disunity premiered live on air. He has participated in summer programs such as the Yellowbarn Young Artist Program, Lake George Music Festival, NYU Summer Screen Scoring, and Boston University’s Tanglewood Institue. In addition to classical, Joey produces pop music with artists around campus and scores both student and professional films. Joey is currently a junior at the University of Michigan, where he is studying classical music composition in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

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