Chinese Studies Program

Greg Youtz 游子国

Greg Youtz 游子国

Professor of Music & Composer

253-535-7619 (office)



B.A./B.M. in Music/Composition, University of Washington, 1980

M.M. in Composition, University of Michigan, 1982

D.M.A. in Composition, University of Michigan

Areas of Emphasis

Music Composition

Director of PLU's Gateway Program in Chengdu, China


Born in 1956, Gregory Youtz received his B.M. in composition from the University of Washington in 1980 and his D.M.A. in composition from the University of Michigan in 1987. His principal teachers have included Leslie Bassett, William Bergsma, William Bolcom and William Albright. He was awarded a Charles Ives Award in 1984 from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and has received annual awards from ASCAP since 1990. His Scherzo for a Bitter Moon for band won the 1984 National Bandmasters Association contest and in 1990 his Fire Works for wind ensemble won the American Bandmasters Association Ostwald Award. A choral work If We Sell You Our Land based on the famous speech by Chief Seattle was the subject of a story on N.P.R.'s Morning Edition in 1987 and his subsequent opera Songs from the Cedar House based on the history and legends of Indian and White cultural interaction in the Pacific Northwest premiered in February of 1991 at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. He has received commissions from orchestras around Washington State, from Northwest regional new music ensembles, and other educational institutions. In 2001 he was honored with the "Composer of the Year" award by the Washington State Music Teachers' Association. His compositions include works for orchestra, band, choir, voice and chamber ensembles, and he is currently at work on a second opera: Cai Yan Fiery Jade based on a libretto by Chinese poet Zhang Er 张耳. Youtz’ wind ensemble music is performed regularly throughout North America, Europe and Japan. In 2008, The Five Changes: Concerto for Percussion and Winds was performed at Carnegie hall by the Oregon State University Wind Ensemble, and in 2010 The Monkey King for wind ensemble was performed by the Shanghai Wind Orchestra at the 2010 Shanghai World Exposition.