Indiegogo Campaign for Jen Bellor’s Debut Album!

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As many of you know, I am a composer who is passionate about producing music that crosses boundaries between contemporary classical, jazz, rock, and hip hop. I write music for big band, opera, large ensemble, small ensemble, dancers and artists. I have enjoyed so many wonderful opportunities along the way collaborating with talented musicians and artists from diverse musical and artistic backgrounds.


I was raised in Northern NY and became a classically-trained performer focusing on violin, French horn, piano, and voice. As an undergraduate at Cornell University, I began pursuing composition. This project will encompass and enhance my composition of the music, and my performance as a vocalist.

My passion to bring musicians from various backgrounds together started with musical relationships created with friends and colleagues back when I was studying at Eastman School of Music. In 2009, The New Jazz Ensemble Director Dave Rivello approached me about writing a piece for his ensemble, and I was inspired and encouraged to take pieces that I wrote for a classical ensemble and create alternate versions. I was hooked; creating music that incorporates improvisation with my style of music was exactly what I wanted to do artistically. I experimented with different styles and instrumentation, and continued on an exciting path collaborating with musicians who were equally enthusiastic with what I was doing.

This is an mp3 of a recording from a performance of a piece originally written for jazz players, then arranged to combine both jazz and classical: jazz trumpet, string quartet, vibraphone, piano, bass, and drums. Jazz trumpet player Mike Kaupa approached me about writing this piece for him and his colleagues at Eastman School of Music in 2012. This piece is titled “Out of the Shadows”:

Currently residing in Las Vegas, while teaching at UNLV, I have another opportunity for my growth as an artist; sharing ideas and collaborating with and getting to know the musicians. Last May, in a discussion with a fellow composer, I was introduced to the short story by Charles Baudelaire titled, “The Generous Gambler”, and encouraged to create a concept album based loosely off the story. While envisioning what my own concept album would be, I re-listened to some influences of mine such as Wax Tailor and Pink Floyd. I revised older pieces, composed new ones, and incorporated compositions like “Out of the Shadows”. The album will be a tour through different levels of her own faults and desires. This is a recording from the first rehearsal of “Familiar Stranger” involving UNLV musicians.

This summer was spent composing and planning out how, when and where I will record. I will be using both the UNLV and Eastman studios to record. After rehearsals , December 4-6 will be the days I will record with UNLV musicians. Over winter break I will be traveling to Rochester, NY in order to record with Eastman musicians the pieces that involve jazz improvisation. The pieces have varied instrumentation, ranging from smaller ensemble pieces featuring soprano, piano, electric guitar and bass, to larger ones that feature voice, string quartet, woodwinds, percussion and a rapper.

Creating an album has been a longtime dream of mine, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to share and create my music with such wonderful musicians here in Las Vegas and in Rochester, NY. In order to complete this album, I need to make sure that I have the necessary funding for: time in the recording studios, mixing, and fair compensation for the talented performers taking time to prepare and record my music.

Please help me in making my dream a reality by contributing in any way you are able, whether it be by donation or sharing with your friends on social media.

Please visit this link for more details on how to support my album!
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Performance of “Remember” by UNLV Chamber Chorale

Remember (2012, rev. 2015) for SATB chorus and piano

This is a live performance of “Remember” (2012) by the UNLV Chamber Chorale under the direction of David Weiller; Jae Ahn-Benton, piano. They performed this at Ham Hall, University of Nevada, Las Vegas on October 20, 2015.

Remember for SATB and Piano, pg. 1

by Christina Rossetti

Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.
Remember me when no more day by day
You tell me of our future that you plann’d:
Only remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel then or pray.
Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
For if the darkness and corruption leave
A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.


“Chase the Stars” for big band on SoundCloud

I uploaded the audio recording of the premiere of my new big band piece to SoundCloud this morning and wanted to share! This piece is titled Chase the Stars and has two versions. The original version was written for the ensemble ShoutHouse (for soprano, MC, flute, clarinet, string quartet, vibes/glock, piano, electric guitar, bass, and drums). Then I wrote this version for big band that features Jorge Machain on trumpet, and conducted the premiere of it with the UNLV Jazz Ensemble 1 at Ham Hall, University of Nevada, Las Vegas:

American Prize Finalist in Band/Wind Ensemble Division

Excited to be included as a finalist in the American Prize band/wind ensemble division! Congrats to all of the…

Posted by Jennifer Bellor, composer on Wednesday, September 16, 2015

ShoutHouse premiere of “Chase the Stars” in NYC, December 11

Happily putting the finishing touches on my new piece "Chase the Stars" for soprano, MC, flute, clarinet, string…

Posted by Jennifer Bellor, composer on Sunday, September 13, 2015

SCI Composer of the Day: Jennifer Bellor for September 7

Excited to be the SCI "Composer of the Day" for Monday, September 7th! Thanks, SCI!

Posted by Jennifer Bellor, composer on Sunday, September 6, 2015

American Prize Semi-Finalist for Band and opera compositions!

Yay! =) I feel so honored and excited to just find out that I have been selected as a semi-finalist for my compositions …

Posted by Jennifer Bellor, composer on Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Bordello Nights (2015) for wind ensemble featuring jazz band

Finally completed the finished draft of Bordello Nights (2015) for wind orchestra and jazz band! I heard a condensed version of the rough draft at the UNLV wind orchestra readings in early May, which was a great opportunity for me to figure out what worked and what didn’t when writing for a large ensemble that features a small jazz band. I learned a lot, and the piece is now expanded into a 17 minute composition that features three themes throughout. I’m very excited to hear the next reading of the piece, especially with the jazz players!

Here are some score excerpts:

Bordello Nights pg 3Bordello Nights pg 7Bordello Nights pg 22

“Midnight Swim” for soprano sax, piano, electric guitar, bass, drums

For my first album project this year, I decided to not only compose new pieces for the album, but also revise older ones. This piece Midnight Swim (2012) had multiple versions, but I was only really happy with the one that I had written for big band featuring soprano saxophone. I decided to create a new version of the piece with the instrumentation, and cannot wait to hear a premiere of this! This chamber version is for soprano saxophone, piano, electric guitar, electric bass, and drums. The sax and drums part both require improvisation, and the other three parts are optional improv. The sax part can also be performed by another player, such as clarinet or even violin if the player enjoys improvising.

Here are a few score excerpts:

midnight swim pg. 3Midnight Swim pg 9midnight swim pg 15

Skylark Lullaby awarded 2015 IAWM Judith Lang Zaimont Prize

So excited to share that my composition "Skylark Lullaby" (2014) for saxophone ensemble was awarded the Judith Lang…

Posted by Jennifer Bellor, composer on Thursday, July 30, 2015