The Nextet New Music series at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, released a podcast episode : Composer Spotlight featuring Jennifer Bellor:
On this episode co-hosted by Diego Vega and Zoe Conrad, I’m asked about my musical background and talk about current projects. Check it out! Zoe and I are also wearing Halloween costumes, since this episode was released the week of Halloween.
Another Nextet new music podcast episode released early November featured various Nextet team members in discussions related to Cross-genre music. Micaela Nielson (violist) and I are featured in the first conversation on this episode:
“A Song of Flight” performed by the Heartland Marimba Orchestra
Heartland Marimba arranged my song for soprano and piano to feature eleven performers (marimba, vibraphone, and glockenspiel). This was such a cool experience for me to hear this song reinvented by this group, and it has inspired me to think about how many more of my songs that can be adapted to fit a variety of instrumentations.
The performance features: Chad Beebe, Jaime Esposito, Josh Fulford, Hunter Gross, Tyler Marvin, Joe Millea, Jordan Nielsen, Ryan Pearson, Alyssa Resh, Matt Silverberg, and Lauren Teel.
Sky Bells was commissioned by the Henderson Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Alexandra Arrieche for premiere on their 2021 concert season.
There is also a version available for wind orchestra.:
for wind orchestra
Duration: 8 1/2 minutes
Wind Orchestra Instrumentation (same as wind ensemble plus harp and double bass):
Two Flutes – One Oboe – One English Horn – Two Bassoons – One Contrabassoon (optional) – Three Clarinets in Bb – One Bass Clarinet – One Contrabass Clarinet (optional) – One Soprano Saxophone – One Alto Saxophone – One Tenor Saxophone – One Baritone Saxophone – Three Trumpets in Bb – Four Horns – Two Trombones – One Bass Trombone – One Euphonium – Tuba – Double Bass (optional) – Harp (optional) – Piano – Timpani – Three Percussion
My first multi-screen music video collaboration! Linda Lister and Katie Leung are performing an excerpt of my song “Echo” from my song cycle “A Smile and a Sigh” (the soprano and piano version). They were going to perform it on the April 6th Nextet new music concert here at UNLV, but since the concert was canceled, I figured it would be fun to learn how to create multi-screen music videos. I spent the entire day putting this together, and learned so much! I can’t thank them enough for taking the time to record the excerpt!
I’m excited to share the video recordings of my piece Of Maker and Movement performed by Clocks in Motion percussion quartet. These are videos from their concert March 10th at UNLV on the Nextet new music series concert:
The NEXTET new music series concert Tuesday March 10th at 6pm will feature the Clocks in Motion percussion quartet. They will be premiering my new piece This We Have Now featuring Matthew Coley on hammered dulcimer. In addition, my piece Of Maker and Movement will be performed alongside works by Marc Mellits, Sergiu Cretu, and Adam Silverman.
“Neither a serialist nor a minimalist, she’s fashioned a personal style that’s easy to embrace; she’s also that rare composer whose music manages to be instantly listenable and emotionally resonant without any compromise to its sophistication.” – textura, Reflections at Dusk
I’m beyond thrilled to share this incredible review that was published today by textura! It goes in depth describing every piece on the album, and even gives a shoutout to my UNLV colleague Shawna Pennock for her “towering sax performance” in Indigo Nocturne, to the Clark High School Symphonic Strings for their performance (“impassioned outpourings”) of High Resolution, and to the Eastman Saxophone Project for playing with “immense feeling,” indicating a “magnificent climax at the eight-minute mark.” The music was described as “mesmerizing,” “lyrical,” and “haunting.”