Jennifer Bellor, Composer


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Jennifer Bellor
is a versatile composer whose works have been presented by Washington National Opera, American Composers Orchestra, Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra, Clocks in Motion, Transient Canvas, Wuhan Philharmonic Chamber Series, Las Vegas Philharmonic, Lviv Philharmonic, ShoutHouse, Florida State University Festival of New Music, Missouri State University Composition Festival, Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival, Eastman New Jazz Ensemble, Eastman Saxophone Project, ensemble A/Tonal, Elevate Ensemble, and many others in the US and abroad. Bellor’s music draws on a variety of influences, evidenced in her self-released debut album Stay (2016), which is a melting pot of different music styles largely based on poetry. Her second album “Reflections at Dusk” was released by Innova Recordings in November 2019. 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. Her primary composition teachers included David Liptak, Bob Morris, Andrew Waggoner, Sally Lamb-McCune, and Steven Stucky. She is on the music composition faculty at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and artistic director of the new music series Nextet. Please visit her website, www.jenniferbellor.com.

ALBUMS
Reflections at Dusk (2019)
- innova recordings
Stay (2016)
self-released
Songs in the Dark (2017)
EP - self-released


Reflections at Dusk (2019)
"She really must like twilight, sunset, dusk because she understands the magic of that time of day. Be sure to check this out." – AArbor, KFJC 89.7FM
Stay (2016)
"ability to maintain a highly individual identity without needing to take refuge in pre-post-genre musical silos.” - NewMusicBox

Compositions

Cerulean Twilight (2018) for violin, cello, harp, percussion, and double bass
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Released by innova recordings November 2019
Amethyst Sunset (2019) for 2 pianos and 2 percussion
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released by innova recordings November 2019
High Resolution (2019) for big band
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Skylark Lullaby (2014) for saxophone choir
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Skylark Lullaby was commissioned by the Eastman Saxophone Project under the direction of Chien-Kwan Lin, and premiered at the 2014 North American Saxophone Alliance Conference at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. It received additional performances at Eastman, and was selected for performance by the FSU SaxoChoir at the 2015 Florida State University Festival of New Music. This is a recording by the Eastman Saxophone Project.