About the Composer
Described by Textura as “that rare composer whose music manages to be instantly listenable and emotionally resonant without any compromise to its sophistication,” Jennifer Bellor is a versatile composer whose music draws on a variety of influences, from progressive rock bands to jazz artists, singer-songwriters, and Bellor’s own studies of the violin, piano, French horn, and voice. Images, texts, and emotional experiences inspire her works, which are often characterized as melodic with jazz- and pop-influenced harmonies. Bellor’s music has been presented widely throughout the U.S. and abroad by musicians and ensembles such as the Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra, Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center, Clocks in Motion, American Composers Orchestra, Las Vegas Philharmonic, and at festivals and concert series including Finland’s Kaarina Music Week, Wuhan Chamber series, Ritsos Project art song concert in Greece, Carnegie Hall DCINY series, the International Horn Society Symposium in Montreal, among many others. Bellor has issued three albums: Stay (2016), Reflections at Dusk (Innova Recordings, 2019), and Oneira (Aerocade Music, 2022).
Bellor holds a special passion for melodic percussion writing, which she fostered as the resident Clock Shop Composer for the percussion quartet Clocks in Motion from 2018–2022. Cleveland Classical called her first of three quartets for this ensemble “arresting,” praising the “simple, yet detailed beauty of the sounds, some motoric, others melodic. Bellor writes ravishingly and imaginatively for percussion.” Her most recent album, Oneira, features this music, which Textura has described as “rousing and infectious. Her writing is more identified by an expressive personal signature than allegiance to a particular genre or tradition.” Her music video, Oneira, in collaboration with animator Christina A. Banna was featured on I Care if You Listen, in screenings at multiple festivals, as a finalist for Best Music Film at the Munich Music Video Festival, and as prizewinner of Best Fantasy at the 2023 Mad Monster Film Fest.
Some current projects include Noir for tenor sax, electric guitar, and orchestra to be premiered September 26 at Georgia Tech featuring jazz tenor saxophonist Daniel Juárez and electric guitarist Nat Condit-Schultz, and a new album of two new song cycles: Cuatro Canciones de Las Ultimas Horas for bass (Norman Espinoza) and piano (Bellor), and A Smile and a Sigh (soprano Olivia Yokers and electric guitarist Tasos Peltekis).
Bellor holds degrees from Eastman School of Music (PhD), Syracuse University (MM), and Cornell University (BA). She is Assistant Professor of Music Composition at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she is Artistic Director of the new music series, Nextet. For more information, visit www.jenniferbellor.com.
An opportunity to add to the rich history of flute and percussion chamber repertoire with a work by a noted living composer. The piece will be written at the level to be playable by both professional and college musicians. As such, there are two pricing points for contributors.
Professional - $100
Students - $40
Payments may be split in half; first payment is due 1/1/2024, second payment is due at delivery of the piece. Payments may be made via Venmo.
Instrumentation: flute and multi-percussion
Length: 7-10 minutes
Score: Delivered via email
The composition will be delivered electronically on July 1, 2024, and premiered that fall by the leaders of the consortium. Drs. Tegart and Wilson will have the first opportunity to record the work in the fall of 2024. Because of campus logistics, the fall premiere date will be finalized in spring, 2024. All consortium members will be notified of the dates as early as possible, and may program the work after the initial premiere. Consortium members will have a year of exclusivity to perform the work before it is made available for purchase in July, 2025.
How to Join
1. Submit the Consortium Google Form by clicking on any of the "Join Consortium" buttons on this page.
2. Submit Venmo Payment to @wilsonmarimba
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