Born and raised in southeast Minnesota, composer and baritone J. A. J. Sedarski has enjoyed many musical experiences throughout his life including the MMEA All-State choir and multiple honors, conference, and festival choirs. As a vocalist, he placed Superior in multiple state and section competitions and second in the Rochester Music Guild Scholarship Competition.
As a young composer, his work has debuted in a production of The Vagina Monologues and by the MIVOS Quartet. In the spring of 2020, he was awarded the 2020 Composition Competition with Performance with Orchestra from the School of Music at Boston University for his work Variants for Orchestra. He is currently an undergraduate student at the school of music at Boston University studying Music Theory and Composition under Joshua Fineberg and is the Marketing Coordinator for the Juventas New Music Ensemble.
Working for the Juventas New Music Ensemble, the organization received multiple publication features including from the Boston Globe, Boston New Music Intelligencer, and more. In their 2020-2021 season entitled “Now More Than Ever”, gathered more than 10,000 livestream views and a feature from WGBH. The organization also received The American Prize Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music, 2019-20 in the professional division. The season continues with Wolcott Humphrey: Center Stage .
His current projects include his first opera entitled The Madman taken from the Parable of the Madman by Friedrich Nietzsche, his first album of piano music entitled Wading in the Water composed in his childhood, and a new work entitled Behind the Universe for the Juventas New Music Ensemble which will have its world premiere on March 20, 2021.
Besides music, his interests include spending time with his family and friends, being active, gardening, and the films of Danny Kaye.