Composer Biography and Photos

Travis M. Ramsey (b. 1979) graduated from the University of Southern Maine School of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education in 2003. He earned his Master of Music in Music Education degree, also in Music Education, from Boston University in 2011. His master's thesis was Validity in Composition: The Ability of Fourth Grade Composers to Audiate Composed Melodies.

Travis splits his time between teaching and composing. He works as music teacher at the Marion Cross School in Norwich, Vermont and as a composer-mentor for Music-COMP (formerly the Vermont MIDI Project). He has been commissioned to write band music for the Hartland (VT) Elementary School Band; the Cape Elizabeth (ME) High School Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band, and the Casco Bay Concert Band (Gorham, ME). His orchestral music has been commissioned by the Wellesley (MA) Symphony Orchestra. Travis's music for chorus has been commissioned by the Choral Art Society (Portland, ME); the University of Southern Maine Chorale (Gorham, ME); the Hanover (NH) High School Footnotes select choir; and Ensemble Zephyrus (Sharon, VT). In addition to commissioned works, his catalog of over fifty publications has been performed extensively in Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, and his home state of New Hampshire.

Several of Travis's commissions have been partially funded through the MLC New Music Project, a non-profit organization that allows ensembles to commission community-driven works on a shoestring budget.Visit

His work composing music for the USM Theatre department's 2002 production of The Good Woman of Setzuan earned an award for Best Student Sound Design. His composition Be With Me Still was a finalist in the Meistersingers 2010 choral composition contest. Travis is an ASCAP member and a three-time recipient of the ASCAP-Plus award (2012-2014).

List of Compositions

Photos by Gisela Ramsey, 2010