Hi, I’m Drew Swatosh (they/them) an autistic, non-binary composer, vocalist, and engraver based in Vancouver, WA. I come from a background in arts-integrated education and write music that’s informed, interdisciplinary, and eclectic.
I most often compose vocal music including art songs, opera, and choral music, but projects have included some chamber music, electroacoustic music, and an in-progress wind ensemble work. Some of my work writing for singers includes how to write for singers who identify as trans/non-binary.
I use composing as a means of processing the world around me which includes social justice, intersectional feminism, climate change, and grief. One of my favorite things is working with performers during the compositional process and integrating their musical and non-musical interests into the work.
As a singer, I advocate for repertoire by historically excluded composers and enjoy singing both solo and choral repertoire. Here are some of my favorite works I have sung.
Feel free to reach out with any questions, a friendly hello, or to discuss a potential collaboration and I look forward to being in touch!
| April 23, 2023
Performer: Studio Recital, Lisa Neher’s Voice Studio; April 23rd, 2023 3pm; Lisa Neher Voice Studio, Portland, OR, Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination Required
| May 7, 2023
Performer: Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Portland Symphonic Choir, directed by Dr. Alissa Deeter, with the Portland Youth Philharmonic, directed by David Hattner, May 7, 4:00pm; Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, OR
| July 15, 2023
Composer/Performer: The Rocking Chair, Cascadia Composers: In Good Hands, July 15 TBD; Portland State University Lincoln Hall, Portland, OR
| Sept. 30, 2023
Composer/Performer: Big Mouth Society: Queer & Dear, September 30th, 2:00pm & 7:00pm; Portland Center Stage’s Ellen Bye Studio, Portland, OR