JP Merz is a composer from Janesville, Wisconsin. He is currently a Senior at Lawrence University, where he is pursuing a degree in composition under Joanne Metcalf and Asha Srinivasan. In addition to composing, he is particularly interested in music technology and free improvisation, and performs on guitar, viola and electronics with an eclectic variety of groups. His work, ten minutes, was selected as the 2013 Colorfield Festival call-for-scores winner and was premiered by the Colorfield Ensemble in Madison, WI. Other works have been read by the Lawrence Symphony Orchestra, the NOW Ensemble and the Lux Quartet and performed by the Lawrence University Percussion Ensemble. He is the recipient of the 2013 James Ming Scholarship in Composition.