Joseph R. Kaz is a young South Carolina based composer.  Joseph’s pieces have been preformed by many ensembles in the Horry-Georgetown County Area, such as the Indigo Choral Society, The Long Bay Youth Symphony, and various ensembles based out of Waccamaw High School.  Active in the area of Sacred Music, Joseph’s music has also been preformed by the choirs of Georgetown Presbyterian Church, Christ the King Episcopal Church, and Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church.  His music has also been preformed by the The University of Tennessee at Martin Marimba Choir,  The University of Memphis Marimba Choir, The Ithaca College Wind Dectet, the Ithaca College Contemporary Ensemble, The Ithaca College Chamber Winds, and various chamber groups out of Ithaca College.  In competition, Joseph's music has won many prizes including the 2011-2012 Jack Downey Composition Prize, the 2010 Texas Orchestra Directors Association Composition Contest, and the Metropolitan Wind Symphony's North American Composition Competition.  Joseph is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Music in Composition at Ithaca College where he is an active member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.  Joseph's primary teachers have been Dr. Jorge Grossman, Dr. Sally Lamb, and Dr. Dana Wilson.