Jennifer Jolley, a DMA student in CCM’s Composition Department, and Jonathan Stinson, a composer/baritone studying in CCM’s Opera Department, are two of just five composers selected from across the country to compete in Atlanta Opera’s second annual 24 Hour Opera Project competition, running Jan. 20-21.

Jolley and Stinson will be randomly paired with selected lyricists and will be given twelve hours to write a seven-to-ten-minute opera scene. The completed pieces will then be assigned to a stage director, who will draft from a selected pool of singers, and the makeshift company will have eight hours to rehearse their scenes. The scenes will be performed and judged in a showcase-concert 24 hours after the project begins.

Compositions and performances will be judged by a panel of judges (including Ann Owens, former Executive Director of Houston Grand Opera), the audience and by the public via live webcast on Saturday, January 21 at 7 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the judge’s choice and audience favorite. Visit AtlantaOpera.org for more information about the competition.

About Jennifer Jolley
Jolley uses urban sounds and impressions to influence her work. In the past, her vocal work has been commissioned and performed by Kelley O’Connor and the Bard Orchestra under the direction of Nathan Madsen. Under the direction of Mark Gibson, CCM’s Philharmonia Orchestra will debut Jolley’s new orchestral work, Le monde du silence in April 2012. Jolley is also a Music Theory instructor at Northern Kentucky University.

About Jonathan Stinson
Stinson is building a promising career as a singer and composer. He is proficient in violin and trombone, and has degrees in voice from Oberlin Conservatory and Indiana University. Stinson has composed six song cycles and two operas which have been heard throughout the country to great acclaim.

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