Born in Calgary, Alberta in 1977 to Dutch immigrants, Inez S. McComas grew up in the small town of Labelle, Florida where her first interests in music began with learning to play the clarinet/saxophone. During her first year of college as a saxophone performance major, she began composition lessons as a side note. The note quickly became a whole new sound world of expression.
Since then she has received several commissions for her works including those from concert:nova and the Cincinnati Ballet, Bell(e) Collective, Tromboteam!, The Ottawa New Music Creators, and from distinguished soloists including Brad Edwards, Genevieve Clarkson and Russ Zokaites.
Her music has been performed across the United States of America as well as Canada, the Netherlands, France and Spain in multiple universities and festivals including the International Trombone Festival, World Saxophone Congress, the MusicX Contemporary Music Festival, Clarinetfest, the Frontwave New Music Festival, and the ArtSEEDZ Festival. Her music has been heard on Netherlands Public Broadcasting and she has been recognized through ASCAPlus.
Her teachers have included: Scott McAllister, Evan Chambers, Michael Daugherty, Erik Santos, Mara Helmuth, Michael Fiday and Joel Hoffman. She has earned degrees from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music (DMA), University of Michigan (MM), and Florida Southern College (BM).
She has taught at Wilberforce University, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Palm Beach Atlantic University. Currently, Inez S. McComas works as a free-lance composer. She lives in New York, NY with her husband and son.