James Fusik, Assistant Professor of Woodwinds
Dr. James Fusik has garnered numerous accomplishments worldwide. Fusik has commissioned and/or premiered many works by composers including Karlheinz Stockhausen, Marilyn Shrude, Walter Mays, Nathan Davis, Christopher Cerrone, Robert Honstein, Ryan Carter, Ravi Kittappa, Juan-Camilo Hernandez Sanchez, and artist Matthew Barney. Fusik’s performance honors include Co-1st prize at the 2011 Stockhausen Courses and Concerts-Kurten (GER), advancing to the semi-finals of the 5th Adolphe Sax competition in Dinant (BEL), and 1st prize in the 2010 Richardson competition (USA). He has also been named a winner of the Concerto Competitions of Central Michigan University, Bowling Green State University, and the staff Competition of Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.
Recent performances venues have included Eastman School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, (le) Poisson Rouge, Central Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, the Contagious Sounds and Permutations series in NYC, and the New Music Festivals of Ball State and Illinois State University.
Dr. Fusik is a founding member of the Color Field Ensemble, a group of musicians dedicated to the promotion of contemporary music to all areas of society. Since 2009 they have produced a yearly festival of contemporary music in Madison, WI, as well as their own commissioning and performing throughout the nation.
Fusik currently serves as Assistant Professor of Woodwinds at Minot State University (ND), and has previously taught at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. He has degrees from Bowling Green State University (M.M., DMA), and Central Michigan University (B.M. Theory/Composition, B.M.E. Music Ed), with studies under John Sampen, John Nichol, Marilyn Shrude, David Gillingham, and José-Luis Maurtua.