About

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Frank Nawrot (b. 1989) is a composer, guitarist, and music educator from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Currently, Nawrot is pursuing is Doctorate of Musical Arts in composition at the University of Kansas.

Nawrot received his Master of Music Composition degree from Central Michigan University in 2015 under the tutelage of David Gillingham and Jay Batzner. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree at Grand Valley State University while studying composition with Bill Ryan and classical guitar with Carlos de la Barrera.

Nawrot’s music has been performed at numerous venues and locales including: ArtPrize, St. Cecilia’s Music Center, George and Barbara Gordon Gallery, Northern Illinois University, Henderson State University, Bowling Green State University, in Hong Kong, in NYC and the Broad Art Museum-. He has presented his research on composition pedagogy several conferences including several SCI conferences. He presented his research on African-American minimalist composer Julius Eastman at the Fifth International Conference on Minimalist Music in Finland.

In the past, Nawrot has been an adjunct faculty member at Delta College and Mid-Michigan Community College where he taught courses on the History of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Music Appreciation and Contemporary Guitar Techniques. Nawrot has maintained a studio of private guitar, bass, piano, and drum students at various points throughout his career

Nawrot’s goals are to be a responsible artist by bringing attention to issues he feels pertains to the betterment of society through his art and providing quality education to members of his community. His research interests are composition pedagogy, minimalism, and rock ‘n’ roll.

Nawrot’s progressive-rock band, Absinthe, strove to bring together art music and pop music. His contemporary classical group, Duo Insurgent, strives to perform uncompromising art music that is accessible to a wide audience. Duo Insurgent commissions and performs new works by living composers.