Gregory Youtz, Professor of Music at PLU, teaches composition, theory, history and courses in world music. He received his Doctorate in Music Composition from the University of Michigan in 1987 and received a Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. His compositions include two symphonies, a full-length opera, and numerous other works for orchestra, wind ensemble, choir, and chamber ensembles, and his prize-winning wind ensemble music is frequently heard in Europe, Japan and across North America. Professor Youtz is currently Director of the China Study Abroad Program at Pacific Lutheran University, and Director of the university’s Freeman Foundation Undergraduate Asian Studies Initiative grant. He travels frequently to China and Trinidad with student groups, and also leads tours to China for K-12 and university teachers.