Jenni Brandon (b. 1977) is an award-winning composer whose music has been commissioned and performed around the world, including Zankel Hall in Carnegie Hall.
Among the ensembles that have commissioned, performed, or recorded her works include Voices of Ascension, The Singers-Minnesota Choral Artists, UT Arlington Wind Symphony, Banda Sinfónica Municipal de Madrid, Musical Arts Quintet, Yale Glee Club, Ceora Winds, Young New Yorkers Chorus, Vox Femina, and the Sundance Trio. Recordings of her music appear on the Delos, Albany, Centaur, Blue Griffin, and Longhorn labels, and her CD Songs of California: Music for Winds and Piano was nominated for the 10th Independent Music Awards.
Jenni Brandon is the recipient of the American Prize for Choral Composition, winner of the Women Composers Festival of Hartford International Composition Competition, and the Sorel Medallion. Her work for solo bassoon, the winner of the 2014 Bassoon Chamber Music Composition Competition, is a required competition piece for the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Bassoon Competition and Symposium in January 2016 at the Colburn School in Los Angeles.
Besides publishing her own works with Jenni Brandon Music, she is also published by Boosey & Hawkes, Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Graphite Publishing, TrevCo Music Publishing, and Imagine Music Publishing.
Also active as a conductor and mezzo-soprano, Jenni has led choral ensembles for 11 years. She has performed as a choral singer with the Boston Pops, Pacific Chorale, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and at the Hollywood Bowl, working with conductors such as Nicholas McGegan, John Alexander, and John Williams.
Her current commissioned projects include a piano concerto with choir and chamber orchestra for the Long Beach Camerata Singers, a work for Flute Choir and SATB choir for the Holland Chorale and West Michigan Flute Ensemble, a work for bassoon and piano for bassoonist Christin Schillinger. Choral commissions include a work for Graphite Publishing and the Bowling Green State University women’s choir.
When she is not writing music or performing, she is teaching yoga as a registered yoga teacher (e-RYT 200, RYT 500, RPYT) in Long Beach, California.
Jenni received her B.M. Composition from West Chester University, M.M. Composition from UT Austin and graduate work at the University of Southern California.