COMPOSER-IN-RESIDENCE, LUNART FESTIVAL 2018
Jenni Brandon (b. 1977) is an award-winning composer. Many ensembles perform her commissioned music both nationally and internationally. She enjoys engaging with performers and audiences, often giving talks about the business of music and the art of collaboration. As a conductor, she has led both church and community choirs and she makes guest appearances to conduct her works. She is also active as a mezzo-soprano and has sung with the Boston Pops, Pacific Chorale, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and at the Hollywood Bowl.
Her recent commissions and performances include We Are Joy, a piano concerto for choir and chamber orchestra premiered by the Long Beach Camerata Singers under the direction of Dr. Robert Istad. This work will soon be published by Pavane Publishing. Other current commissions include a bassoon concerto for Dr. Christin Schillinger (Ithaca College), a new soprano and oboe work for soprano Dr. Amy Yeung (University of Tennessee at Martin), as well as several other works for bassoon and oboe. She is in demand as a composer of music for double reeds, and her works have been featured on the International Double Reed Society conferences. Her works are published by Boosey & Hawkes, Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Graphite Publishing, TrevCo Music Publishing, Imagine Music, Jenni Brandon Music, and soon Pavana Publishing.
Recordings of her works appear on the Delos, Albany, Centaur, MSR Classics, and Longhorn Labels. Her CD, Songs of California: Music for Winds and Piano, was nominated for the 10th Independent Music Awards. Upcoming recordings of her works include Found Objects for reed trio recorded by the PEN Trio, Double Helix for bassoon and piano recorded by Christin Schillinger and Jed Moss, and a new solo bassoon work for Eric Varner. Jenni is the recipient of numerous other awards including the Sorel Medallion, the American Prize for Choral Composition, the Women Composers festival of Hartford International Composition Competition, and the Bassoon Chamber Music Composition Competition. She also teaches yoga in Long Beach, California, and owns Bloom Yoga which specializes in private, corporate, and prenatal yoga. Visit jennibrandon.com