Ayn Inserto

Composer Arranger Educator Conductor


Ayn Inserto is a groundbreaking composer who is emerging as one of the preeminent voices of her generation. She received her Masters of Music degree in Jazz Composition from the New England Conservatory in May 2001. She is a winner of the 2007 IAJE/ASCAP Emerging Composer Commission honoring Frank Foster, the 2003/04 and 2005/06 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers' Awards and has received various honors which include the Concord Pavilion Associates Marian McPartland Award, the Pacific Coast Jazz Festival Most Outstanding small jazz ensemble, and the 1999 Best Original Composition award at the Billy Higgins Jazz Festival. She was picked by Bob Brookmeyer to study jazz composition as his protege.

Her music has been performed at the Berklee Performance Center, 1999 and 2008 IAJE Conferences, California State University of Hayward Jazz Festivals, Reno Jazz Festival, Billy Higgins Jazz Festival, New England Conservatory of Music, Brown University, Montreux Jazz Festival , the Umbria Jazz Festival, the Zeitgesit Gallery/Lily Pad, McGill University, Jazz at Lincoln Center Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, 2008 Terni Jazz Festival, La Pietra in Florence, Italy, the 2008 Sant'; Elpidio Jazz Festival in Porto San Giorgio, Italy and the 2009 Fano Jazz Festival in Fano, Italy.

Ayn has been commissioned by ASCAP/IAJE, Madison Technical College, Amherst College, Cal State University East Bay, Los Medanos College, Foxboro High School, Harvard Jazz Band, Marin Catholic High School and Fairfield High School, and by George Garzone to arrange his music featuring him as a soloist with jazz orchestra. In March 2008, she was invited as a guest artist by the Colours Jazz Orchestra led by Massimo Morganti to give a 3-day seminar on composition and arranging, and to conduct the jazz orchestra in a concert of her music. She was invited a second time to Italy in July 2009 to teach a master class at the Arcevia Jazz Seminar and as a guest artist with the Colours Jazz Orchestra. Her band was also invited to perform at the 2017 Jazz Education Network Conference with special guests John Fedchock, George Garzone and Sean Jones.

She currently resides in Boston, is an associate professor in Jazz Composition at Berklee College of Music and teaches privately in Massachusetts. She released her first album, Clairvoyance, featuring Bob Brookmeyer and George Garzone in 2006. Her second album, Muse, was released February 2009, featuring George Garzone. Her third album, Home Away From Home, was recorded by the Colours Jazz Orchestra in Fano, Italy, and released in June 2014. Her fourth album is scheduled to be released in September 2018 on Summit Records and will feature George Garzone, Sean Jones and John Fedchock.