BIO

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Composer Jennifer Bellor writes music that is inspired by personal experiences, text, and imagery. Her music has been presented by Washington National Opera, American Composer’s Orchestra JCOI Readings, Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra, Las Vegas Philharmonic, UNLV Wind Orchestra, ShoutHouse, Florida State University Festival of New Music, Eastman New Jazz Ensemble, Ritsos Project, Elevate Ensemble, and many others in the US and abroad. Bellor’s music draws on a variety of influences, evidenced in her debut album “Stay,” which is a melting pot of different music styles largely based on poetry. Stay was featured on NewMusicBox’s 2016 Staff picks, and it was praised as having the ability to “maintain a highly individual identity without needing to take refuge in pre-post-genre musical silos” (Frank J. Oteri, NewMusicBox). Her composition Chase the Stars has been recognized not only for its “dazzling eclecticism” combining opera, hip hop and jazz, but also for her singing. No Depression’s Stacey Zering proclaimed: “Bellor’s gorgeously haunting vocals hypnotizes in Chase the Stars like a seemingly innocent mermaid who will later capture you with no intentions of bringing you back.” In addition to Stay, Bellor’s self-released EP Songs in the Dark, jazz single Midnight Swim and most recent single O Soothest Sleep have been digitally released and available on iTunes, Amazon Spotify, among others.

Bellor’s music has been heard at festivals and conferences including the Missouri State University Composition Festival, Neon Museum Artist Residency, Aspen Music Festival, June in Buffalo, Florida State University Festival of New Music, Hildegard Festival, Women Composers Festival of Hartford, Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute, Rochester Fringe Festival, and Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative, which her opera Duffy’s Cut and was praised as showing a “flair for full-bodied, operatic sound” (Washington Post), and for “using contrasting rhythms and clever harmonies to an intriguing effect” (Huffington Post).

Bordello Nights commissioned by the UNLV Wind Orchestra received its France premiere June 2016 at the Festival des Anches d’Azur in La Croix Valmer featuring jazz saxophonists Eric Marienthal and Colin Gordon, pianist Mitch Forman, bassist Kevin Axt, and drummer Bernie Dresel. It was recorded by Klavier Records and praised as being a “terrific piece of big band jazz.” (Henry Fogel, Fanfare Magazine) and “evoking smoky erotic haunts in New Orleans” (Huntley Dent, Fanfare Magazine).

Currently, she is working on a new concept album inspired by the poem “To Sleep” by John Keats. Each song with original lyrics is titled with a snippet from the poem and is about the concept of sleeping to experience other realities. “Lulling Charities” was inspired by and set to the 1919 animated silhouette film “Das Ornament des verliebten Herzens” by Lotte Reiniger. “O Soothest Sleep” has also been featured in a music video produced by Zen Ritual Creative Services, LLC made possible by a Nevada Arts Council Jackpot grant. Additionally, her instrumental composition Skylark Lullaby will be recorded and featured on the album.

Born and raised in Northern NY, Bellor earned a PhD in music composition at Eastman School of Music, a Master of Music degree in composition at Syracuse University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in music at Cornell University. The 2016 winner of The American Prize for her composition Chase the Stars, Bellor also has received awards by Elevate Ensemble for Moments Shared, Moments Lost, IAWM Judith Lang Zaimont prize for Skylark Lullaby, Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra Composition prize for Noir, and a Downbeat Award for Midnight Swim. Her primary composition teachers included David Liptak, Bob Morris, Andrew Waggoner, Sally Lamb-McCune, and Steven Stucky. She is currently Visiting Lecturer at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she teaches courses in music composition and theory. Please visit www.jenniferbellor.com.

SHORT BIO

Composer Jennifer Bellor writes music that is inspired by personal experiences, text, and imagery. Her music has been presented by Washington National Opera, American Composer’s Orchestra JCOI Readings, Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra, Las Vegas Philharmonic, UNLV Wind Orchestra, ShoutHouse, Florida State University Festival of New Music, Eastman New Jazz Ensemble, Ritsos Project, Elevate Ensemble, and many others in the US and abroad. Bellor’s music draws on a variety of influences, evidenced in her debut album “Stay,” which is a melting pot of different music styles largely based on poetry. Stay was featured on NewMusicBox’s 2016 Staff picks, and it was praised as having the ability to “maintain a highly individual identity without needing to take refuge in pre-post-genre musical silos” (Frank J. Oteri, NewMusicBox).

Born and raised in Northern NY, Bellor earned a PhD in music composition at Eastman School of Music, a Master of Music degree in composition at Syracuse University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in music at Cornell University. The 2016 winner of The American Prize for her composition Chase the Stars, Bellor also has received awards by Elevate Ensemble for Moments Shared, Moments Lost, IAWM Judith Lang Zaimont prize for Skylark Lullaby, Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra Composition prize for Noir, and a Downbeat Award for Midnight Swim. Her primary composition teachers included David Liptak, Bob Morris, Andrew Waggoner, Sally Lamb-McCune, and Steven Stucky. She is currently Visiting Lecturer at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she teaches courses in music composition and theory. Please visit www.jenniferbellor.com.