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

“Burning Light” for soprano, piano, electric guitar, bass, and drums

Finished a new piece recently, and wanted to share! Burning Light is written for soprano, piano, electric guitar, electric bass and drums. The music is a revised version of my older piece titled The Distant, and the text is from Emily Bronte’s Poem “Ah! Why, Because the Dazzling Sun.” I love this poem, and used a few stanzas from this same poem before in an earlier piece I composed in 2009 titled Stars. I used the two final stanzas for this piece:

“O Stars and Dreams and Gentle Night;
O Night and Stars return!
And hide me from the hostile light
That does not warm, but burn—

That drains the blood of suffering men;
Drinks tears, instead of dew:
Let me sleep through his blinding reign,
And only wake with you!”

I hope to premiere the piece this fall. In the meantime, here are a few score excerpts:

Burning Light - pg 3Burning Light pg 10Burning Light pg 12

Jazz@Eastman – Past, Present, and Future

Honored to be featured as a composer along with composers/arrangers Julian Tanaka and Gabe Condon on this episode of…

Posted by Jennifer Bellor, composer on Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Finished a new piece! “Familiar Stranger” for soprano and ensemble

Finished a new piece, and can’t wait to continue working on more composition projects! This composition Familiar Stranger is for soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion, and electric bass using some text from Baudelaire’s “The Generous Gambler.”

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