Harrison J. Collins (b. 1999) began composing at the young age of fourteen. Since then, he has made a name for himself across the United States as a skilled upcoming composer. He combines his musical studies in academic settings with years of self-teaching and a strong intuition to write music that challenges and connects to performers and listeners alike.
His works for wind ensemble and orchestra are published by Grand Mesa Music Publishers, C. Alan Publications, and Ars Nova Music. He is a winner of numerous composition competitions, including the Dallas Winds Fanfare Competition, the National Young Composers Challenge, the Austin Symphony Orchestra's Texas Young Composers Competition, and multiple Fifteen Minutes of Fame competitions held by Vox Novus- including one in which his work was selected for performance by the acclaimed West Point Band.
Harrison currently studies at Illinois State University with Dr. Roy Magnuson and Dr. Roger Zare, where he is seeking a degree in music composition and music education.
Harrison grew up in Little Elm, Texas. His primary interest in school was band, where he played both the bassoon and bass clarinet and served as a drum major for his high school marching band for two years. Harrison also participated in the theater program, where he served roles as both an actor and a technician in many plays and musicals. As a college student, Harrison remains active as a bassoonist in the Illinois State University band program. Harrison is an avid video gamer, animal lover, and eater of food.
Harrison has had his work performed throughout the United States by ensembles of all levels. He has been described by various established composers as having “very fine skills” and “impressive, natural writing”, as well as being “REALLY DAMN GOOD”. His wind ensemble work O rose of May was selected for performance by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Wind Symphony, conducted by Alex Kaminsky, and received its world premiere at the 2018 Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois.
Harrison is a proud member of the Millennium Composers Initiative. Information for this group can be found via the MCI Website.