Christopher Alan Schmitz (b. 1972) is Professor of Theory and Composition at the Townsend School of Music, Mercer University. His solo, chamber, and ensemble works are performed internationally and recorded on Navona Records and Beauport Classical. Scores are published and distributed by C. Alan Publications, Cimarron Press, Opus Music Publishers, and Cherry Classics. Recent awards and honors have come from the Alabama Orchestra Association (winner), Sammy Nestico Award (winner), Ithaca College International Jazz Competition (runner-up, professional composer division), Music Teachers’ National Association (two commissions), and The American Prize (2022 runner-up, professional wind ensemble composer division; 2021 finalist, professional orchestra composer division). Schmitz holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition from the University of Texas at Austin.