Cole Masaitis is a guitarist, pianist, writer, recording engineer, producer, dancer, and composer of his own music along with original soundtracks. Cole is a published Staff Writer at the University of Mary Washington Blue and Gray Press, and has experience in booking concerts, performing live music, composing musical works, and audio production.
His piece Phantoms of Autumn, on the SoundCloud player below was presented at the Electroacoustic Barn Dance at the University of Mary Washington alongside composers and technicians from around the world. Cole’s music was accepted into the Spring 2017 and Spring 2016 UMW Undergraduate Symposium for both audio engineering and original composition, he presented his own original music at Fairmont State University where his music was featured on West Virginia radio, and also presented at West Virginia University. Cole is also currently writing music for the original documentary Mother to Earth. His music has been described as “haunting, bittersweet, and nostalgic”.
He studied composition under Dr. Mark Snyder and guitar under Bruce Middle. During the past few years, he performed alongside the White House Band as guitarist with the UMW Jazz Band, and he also performed at the “South of the Border” concert with guest conductor Lucía Zicos in the UMW Guitar Ensemble. Cole also performed as guitar and synth on two original compositions by Austin O’Rourke at the Electroacoustic Barn Dance and at Virginia Tech.
He also enjoys learning piano, singing (or something like that), and listening to video game music. When he’s not working on music, he can be found writing, inhaling coffee, playing Super Smash Bros., and learning to break dance.