Jenni Brandon (b. 1977) is an award-winning composer, conductor, and mezzo-soprano who enjoys engaging with performers and audiences, often giving talks about the business of music and the art of collaboration. She 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. She was the composer in residence for the 2018 inaugural season of the LunART Festival in Madison, Wisconsin, where her chamber and choral music was featured throughout the festival. She also gave talks on the art of collaboration and worked with emerging composers in her workshop “From Page to Stage”.
Her recent commissions and performances include We Are Joy, a piano concerto for choir and chamber orchestra with poetry by Oliver Mayer and soon to be published by Pavane Publishing. Her new American Musical Hybrid “Three Paderewskis” with book by Oliver Mayer is the winner of the 2017 Paderewski Cycle sponsored by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and is being developed into a one-act show. Upcoming commissions include a bassoon concerto for Christin Schillinger as well as the Akropolis Reed Quintet, a new work for mezzo-soprano, bassoon, and harp for bassoonist Darrel Hale, and solo oboe work for Lindabeth Binkley to premiere and record on her upcoming CD that features Jenni’s chamber music for the oboe.
Recordings of her works appear on 16 CDS on the Delos, Albany, Centaur, MSR Classics, Blue Griffin, and Longhorn labels. Her works are published and distributed by Boosey & Hawkes, Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Graphite Publishing, TrevCo Music Publishing, Imagine Music, J.W. Pepper, and Jenni Brandon Music. Visit www.jennibrandon.com.