Justin Weiss

Justin Weiss
Cohort Year: 2019
Advisor(s): Augusta Read Thomas
Research Interests: Fragility, Perception, Phenomenology of Sound
Education: BM, Oberlin Conservatory of Music; MA, Royal Academy of Music (London)


Justin Weiss is a Chicago-based composer whose music engages with fragility, liminality, and their intersections with lyricism. Justin’s music has been performed by Vertixe Sonora, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the CHROMA Ensemble, Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, Encore Wind Ensemble, and Colin Currie. Justin has received awards and recognitions from YoungArts, ASCAP, Encore Wind Ensemble, and Tribeca New Music.

As a conductor, Justin has performed with the Oberlin Sinfonietta and Contemporary Music Ensemble, soundSCAPE Sinfonietta, and has premiered dozens of new works internationally. Justin studied conducting with Tim Weiss (Oberlin) and Sian Edwards (Royal Academy).

Justin completed his undergraduate studies at Oberlin Conservatory of Music with a degree in Music Composition and a minor in Music Theory and received a Master’s in Composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Justin is currently a PhD Fellow in Composition at the University of Chicago where he studies with Augusta Read Thomas.