Biography

Described by Conductor Lowell Graham as “Just an incredible composer” and “a very sincere creative artist” by composer Chen Yi, Colorado based composer, musician and educator, Dylan Fixmer, is a genuine and passionate artist whose works reflect his diverse music career.

Classically trained at University of Colorado and Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Fixmer’s music is inspired by the beauty of nature and the human spirit, and draws upon a multitude of musical styles and traditions from Western Art Music to Rock n’ Roll, Jazz to Irish Trad, Electronic to Raga, and Bluegrass to Hip-hop.

Recent works include commissions and premiers from Ópera Guanajuato, the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra, the Front Range Chamber Players, the Crested Butte Music Festival, The Burroughs, Towards a Shining Light, Old Machines Duo, UCHealth, the University of Texas – El Paso and the University of Northern Colorado Faculty Recital Series.

Fixmer is currently the Composer in Residence for the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra who premiered his Concerto for Violin: In Memory of Terri Sternberg with violinist Sarah Off, “which received a rapturous reception when it was performed” (The Times of London) on September 24, 2022.

As a multi-faceted and imaginative composer, Fixmer writes for multifarious contexts from orchestral and traditional solo and ensemble work, to theater, choir, film, and narrative including the soundtrack for the audio book “Adventures of a Mystic Warrior” by Robert Rocco D’Ordine, and author Craig Child’s multi-media production “Dark Night”.

Fixmer’s Four Portraits for Strings was selected as Editor’s Choice by J.W. Pepper in 2023 and his music has been featured internationally on Colorado Public Radio Denver and CPR Classical, Radio Classique – Paris, The Times of London, and Le Figaro.

An active and dynamic performing artist, Fixmer currently performs with his band “Traditionish”, in addition to various solo and ensemble performances. He has appeared with artists from Glen Valez and Loire Cotler to Blackie O’Connell and Cyril Cyril O Donoghue to Gao Hong, and in performance venues from the Montrose Pavilion and Boettcher Hall to The IBar Ranch. He has recorded numerous albums including Embodying Rhythm Marimba Ensemble’s “Music for Everyday Life”, Traditionish “Traditionish”.

As an educator, Fixmer is currently Adjunct Faculty of Music Composition at the University of Northern Colorado. He has served as Associate Instructor of Music and “First Voices” Choir Director at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and previously taught Music History at the Early College Academy in Greeley, K-8 general music, jazz band, and drama at Hotchkiss K-8 School, K-4 general music at Highland Elementary School, and as a faculty member at the Mt. Blanca Music Conservatory in Colorado.

Academic Qualifications

  • MME - Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (2017)
  • BME - University of Colorado, Boulder (2010)

Commissions & Awards

  • J.W. Pepper - Editor's Choice Award 2023: "Four Portraits for Strings"
  • Weld Community Foundation commission: "Seven Symphonic Portraits: A Weld County Reflection" (2023)
  • Laramie County Community College commission: "Bells of the Winter Range arr. for Wind Band" (2023)
  • UCHealth commission: "A First Breath" (2023)
  • Through Lines Interdisciplinary Series Grant commission: "Wilde" (2024)
  • North Fork High School commission: "Spare Change" for wind band (2022)
  • Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra commission: "Bells of the Winter Range" (2021)
  • Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra commission: "Burroughs Overture" (2021)
  • Sarah Off commission "Alone" for solo violin (2020)

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Featured Works/Titles

  • Four Portraits For Strings

    By: Dylan Fixmer

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  • Bells Of The Winter Range

    By: Dylan Fixmer

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