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. Recordings of her works appear on the Delos, Albany, Centaur, MSR Classics, and Longhorn labels. Her works are published by Boosey & Hawkes, Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Graphite Publishing, TrevCo Music Publishing, Imagine Music, and Jenni Brandon Music. Jenni is the recipient of numerous 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.
Her recent commissions and performances include We Are Joy, a piano concerto for choir and chamber orchestra premiered by the Long Beach Camerata Singers and soon to be published by Pavane Publishing. Her new American Musical Hybrid “Three Paderewskis” with libretto by Oliver Mayer is the winner of the 2017 Paderewski Cycle sponsored by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute of Poland and will be developed into a one-act show. Jenni was the the composer-in-residence for the inaugural season of the 2018 LunART Festival in Madison, Wisconsin as well as a visiting composer at the University of Tennessee-Martin. Upcoming commissions include a bassoon concerto with Reed Quintet for Dr. Christin Schillinger and the Akropolis Quintet, a soprano and oboe work for Dr. Amy Yeung, a new work for mezzo-soprano, bassoon, and harp for Dr. Darrel Hale, and a horn and piano piece for Steven Cohen to record and premiere.
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. She is also a certified yoga teacher (E-RYT 500, RPYT), and seeks ways to combine the benefits of yoga with the art of making music. She creates yoga workshops and practices that explore supporting the musician as a whole, and is the co-founder of the Embody Music Project, bringing together the modalities of Alexander Technique and Yoga.