Jay Hurst (b. 1989) is an Indiana-based composer of concert, film, and electronic music.
His musical world was influenced by an early interest in film and video game scores, which gradually grew to include a love of natural sounds and of the sounds of machinery and electronics. The focus in his work is on sculpting sound in space, with attention paid to the theatrical and the atmospheric elements of performance. His music has been performed by ensembles such as the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Indiana University Concert Orchestra, Indiana University New Music Ensemble, Tower Duo, and Square Peg Round Hole.
A recipient of the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award, Jay has also been commissioned from the Indiana University New Music Ensemble under conductor David Dzubay, has received the Indiana University Dean’s Prize in Composition, and was selected for the American Composers Orchestra Earshot New Music Readings. He has participated at the Brevard Music Festival as the composition program teaching assistant, and has taught courses in music notation, calligraphy, and counterpoint at Indiana University as an associate instructor.
Jay is currently completing his Doctoral degree in composition from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He also holds Master's degree in Composition from Indiana University and a Bachelor's Degree in Composition and Theory from Stetson University in DeLand, Florida. While in school, Jay studied with professors Claude Baker, Sven-David Sandström, P.Q. Phan, David Dzubay, Don Freund, Aaron Travers, John Gibson, Nathan Wolek, Sydney Hodkinson, and Manuel DeMurga. Jay is a member of ASCAP.