Jennifer Jolley

Jennifer Jolley

Congratulations to DMA composition student Jennifer Jolley, the winner of the 2011 CCM Orchestra Composition Competition! This annual competition involves several CCM composition students whose works are initially given readings by the Philharmonia. Then, a panel of judges chooses one composer to write a new orchestral work for the CCM Philharmonia for a performance during the following season.

Jennifer’s new piece will be conducted by Professor Mark Gibson and the other piece on the program (a year from April) will be the 8th symphony of Bruckner.

Jennifer Jolley is originally from Southern California and currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. She received her bachelor’s degree at USC’s Thornton School of Music and is currently pursuing a doctorate at CCM. Her composition teachers include Stephen HartkeFrank TicheliJoel HoffmanMichael Fiday and Douglas Knehans.

Recent commissions include “Laments by the Sea” written for mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor and the Bard Orchestra under the direction of Nathan Madsen, “Motordom” for Xavier University’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble under the direction of Matthew Westgate, and “The Aquarium” as part of a collaboration commemorating Saint-Saens’s “Carnival of the Animals” for Cincinnati’s concert:nova ensemble. Jolley was recently awarded the 2011 Louis Rockwood Grant Award from UC’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) for her sound composition/installation entitled “Press Play.”

Recent performances include: the AccentX and MusicX festivals, Bard College, CCM Chamber Players, concert:nova, Lake Champlain Waldorf School, Midwest Composers Symposium, New Music Hartford, University of Texas at Austin, the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble, and Xavier University.

Jolley also authors “Why Compose When You Can Blog?,” a web log about contemporary composing. She teaches theory and orchestration at CCM and private composition lessons.

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