Paul Barsom's works are performed throughout the United States and abroad. He holds degrees from the University of Arizona and the Eastman School of Music. His composition teachers include Joseph Schwantner, Christopher Rouse, Warren Benson, John Corigliano, Jacob Druckman, Robert Morris, Robert Muczynski, and Samuel Adler. His composition output is varied, including orchestral, choral, and chamber music. He is the recipient of awards, grants, and fellowships from such organizations as Meet the Composer, American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, National Association of Composers USA, American Music Center, Alea III, and the Eastman School of Music. He teaches composition and electronic music at Penn State and his interests include all genres of popular and world music, which figure prominently in his composition and teaching. His works are published by Ringing Change Music and Lyceum Press. Recent works include Seventy Thousand Assyrians, commissioned by the Penn State Symphonic Wind Ensemble for the centennial of bands at Penn State in the year 2000; The Children of Jericho, commissioned by John Marcellus and the Eastman Trombone Choir and winner of the 1997 Ostrander Prize from Ithaca College; and Arctica, first in a series of works for electric guitar and other instruments.