Hispano-American 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 United Kingdom. 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”.
Also a conductor, author, software developer, and speaker, from 2011-2013, Josh served as Director of Music at the Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family in Washington, DC. His article “Colonial Nationalism in the Music of William Billings” was published in the Fall 2011 issue of The Choral Journal. He has presented papers and works at the International Computer Music Conference, the Aspen Composers Conference, and the New York Electroacoustic Music Festival, among others.
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 a Masters of Music in Composition from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Michael Hersch, and a Masters of Music in Computer Music Research and Technology, where he studied with 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 and lectures in Karachi, Paris, and Portland, Oregon. A native Californian, he currently divides his time between Baltimore and Silicon Valley.