Eris DeJarnett (b. 1995, ey/they) is a nonbinary American composer and educator.
Eris holds an MFA from the Performer-Composer program at CalArts and a BM in theory and composition from Arizona State University. Eir primary teachers include Mattie Barbier, Nicholas Deyoe, Tim Feeney, Kotoka Suzuki, and Jody Rockmaker.
DeJarnett is an interdisciplinary narrative artist and educator, working with music, text, and movement to examine power structures, community, and queerness within and beyond the performing arts and academia. Hailed as having “a keen affinity for vulnerability, in both eirself and others,” eir musical catalog explores sexual assault, rape culture, trauma, gender, and recovery, often centering the human voice amidst soundscapes of experimental and noise-based practices. Eris’s work also emphasizes the importance of personal development at the performer’s own pace -- musically and in life -- and as such they regularly work with student musicians and developing performers to craft pieces that suit their individual needs.
Eris’s work as an educator has included teaching trumpet, composition, popular music history, and technology-centered career strategies at the postsecondary level. Beyond their institutional service, they also teach a variety of musical and queer identity topics via their Discord server and Twitch channel. Ey has given guest lectures for a range of audiences, including at SUNY Potsdam, Arizona State University, and Brass Out Loud. Eris also engages in policy and structural analysis on their website via the written word and as a consultant for a variety of performing arts organizations.
Works for Winds
- Eris DeJarnett, personal correspondence, 3 May 2022
- Eris DeJarnett website Accessed 3 October 2019