TODA Composition Contest
String Orchestra - 2017

Aaron Gomez

Our sincere congratulations to Aaron Gomez, winner of this year’s Composition Contest for his piece “Flight”! Our recipient was born in Laredo TX and moved to San Antonio at the age of five. He began his musical training as a cellist under the tutelage of John Thornton at Stevenson Middle School. Years later Aaron studied piano under Dr. Mark Camann. During his high school years, Aaron studied conducting with Dr. Eugene Dowdy and after graduating, Aaron continued his studies under the mentorship of Maestro Terence Frazor. Aaron attended the University of Texas at San Antonio where he received his Bachelors degree in Music Composition. At UTSA, he studied  composition with Dr. Ethan Wickman, Dr. James Balentine and Professor James Syler. Aaron has been awarded with the Reed Holmes Composition Award.

Aaron has been playing the cello for thirteen years and has studied under San Antonio Symphony principle cellist Ken Freudigman, Bulgarian cellist Lachezar Kostov, cellist Dan Zollars and cellist Ryan Murphy. Aaron plays in various orchestras and ensembles in San Antonio, including the San Antonio Chinese Orchestra and Opus'17 String Quartet.