Works for Solo, Duet, Trio, Quartet, Quintet, Large Ensembles, Choral Works, Vocal Works
Goldfish Songs – for solo Flute/Alto Flute+ (2008)
These four solo movements look at four different types of fancy goldfish, including Pearlscale, Celestial, Ryukin, and Lionhead. (JB 117)
Three Desert Fables– for solo oboe (2010)*
The three movements tell of the symbiotic relationships found in the harsh desert environment, from Joshua trees found in the Mojave Desert and the Yucca moth, to the Ocotillo and the Bee, and the chuckwalla and the rock. (JB125)
*Recorded by Laura Medisky on the CD “Personalities” – Centaur Records (CRC 3163)
In The City At Night – for solo English Horn* (2008)
This solo piece explores the quiet at dusk, the lights blinking on once dark has fallen, and the adventures at night in a city. (JB 116)
*Recorded by Ryan Zwahlen on his CD “In the City at Night”
Chansons de la Nature pour la Clarinette – for solo Bb clarinet+ (2003/revised 2006)
The clarinet sings the ‘songs of nature’ in these seven short character pieces loosely based on Aesop’s fables, from the shimmering stars, to the tortoise and the hare, to the slippery serpent.
Starry Night – for solo Bb Clarinet
Commissioned by Los Angeles clarinettist Virginia Costa Figueiredo this three-movement work explores the starry skies, the beauty of the night, and dreaming at the sight of stars.
Stardust for solo E-flat clarinet (2014)
Duration: 8 minutes – 4 movements
Each movement is inspired by great American songwriters of the 1920’s through the 40’s including Arlen, Rodgers and Hart, and Hoagey Carmichael.
Pleistocene Epoch: The Great Ice Age for solo bass clarinet+ (2009)
Composed during the composer’s residency with the Vientos Trio in Los Angeles, this piece tells the story of the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles and the extinct animals found that roamed the area over 10,000 years ago. Four movements. (JB 121)
Colored Stones for solo bassoon (2014)
Duration: 8 minutes – 3 movements
This three movement work tells of three colored stones – Smoky Quartz, Lapis Lazuli, and Tiger’s eye and their mystical, spiritual, and healing properties. Winner of the 2014 Bassoon Chamber Music Composition Competition.
Compostela for solo bassoon (2017)
Duration: 18 minutes – one movement
This work tells the story of the pilgrimage along The Camino Francés, the most popular of the pilgrimage routes through Spain that lead to Santiago de Compostela. The bassoon narrates what we may see and hear along this path, how we may feel, and what we discover about ourselves as we take this personal journey. In one movement, this work has several sections that highlight locations and important items along the way. Commissioned and recorded by Eric Van der Veer Varner.
The Dreams of Birds – for alto flute and piano (2011)*
This piece explores what birds might dream and the journey into their world of flying. (JB 128)
*Recorded by Jenni Olson- alto flute and Bryan Pezzone-piano on the CD “The Dreams of Birds” on the Delos label (2012)
On Holt Avenue – for oboe and piano+ (2006)
Four movements (I. Morning Coffee II. The Lemon Tree III. That Mockingbird…
IV. Daisies) about daily life on Holt Avenue in Los Angeles. (JB 113)
The Lemon Lily Waltz – for oboe and piano (2011)
Duration 5 minutes
A simple a beautiful waltz that tells the story of the Lemon Lily that grows in the mountains of Idyllwild, California.
Cumulonimbus: The King of Clouds for B-flat clarinet and piano
The story of the cumulonimbus cloud – the biggest cloud of all.
Double Helix for bassoon and piano
Commissioned by bassoonist Christin Schillinger, this work is inspired by the sculpture of the same name by sculptor Susan Hawkins.
Tide Pools for bassoon and cello (2017)
Tide Pools for bassoon and cello: This duet for bassoon and cello tells the story of the tide pools of Southern California, the ebb and flow between high and low tide, and the stories of the creatures that lie in the tide pools.
The Wildflower Trio – for oboe, bassoon, and piano (2004)*
Commissioned to celebrate the life and environmental work of Lady Bird Johnson.
5 movements based on images of nature. (JB 111)
*Recorded by Rebecca Henderson-oboe, Kristin Wolfe Jensen-bassoon, and Robert Freeman-piano on Rebecca Henderson’s CD “Gobo” on Longhorn Music lable (2012)
Found Objects: On the Beach – for oboe, B-flat clarinet, and bassoon (2013)
Jenni’s work for Reed Trio tells of finding objects on the beach – from tumbled stones to sea glass; from driftwood to black feathers on the sand and the seashells that populate the beach as far as the eye can see.
The Sequoia Trio for oboe, B-flat clarinet, and bassoon+ (2008)
Duration 13 minutes
Composed during the composer’s residency with the Vientos Trio in Los Angeles, this six-movement work tells the stories of the giant Sequoia Trees as inspired by the words of John Muir. (JB 119)
Spider Suite – for oboe, B-flat clarinet, and bassoon (2009)
Duration 13 minutes
Commissioned by the California Association of Professional Music Teachers for the February 2010 State Conference, this piece takes the listener through the life and adventures of a spider. Five movements about spinning webs, capturing prey, and starting the cycle all over again the next day. (JB 122)
Sea Quartet for oboe, B-flat clarinet, bassoon, and piano+ (2009)
Commissioned by the L.A. Musical Salon in 2009, this piece captures the beauty of the sea as inspired by the Pacific Ocean and trips to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California. (JB 120)
Meditations for violin, viola, cello, and piano (2012)
Commissioned by the Central4 Piano Quartet, this work draws inspiration from Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5. Five Movements.
Double Concerto for Oboe and Bassoon with piano and percussion (2013)
This piece tells the story of our Galaxy, of the great unknown and what lies beyond, and where we belong within this vastness of space. Chamber version with optional percussion. This work is also available with Wind Symphony.
Five Frogs for woodwind quintet+ (2003)
Duration 15 minutes
This delightful woodwind quintet gives each player the chance to portray part of a frog’s daily routine, from swimming to lazing on the lily pad to catching bugs. Five Frogs is light-hearted but challenging and musically rich.
Windependence Chamber Ensemble, Master Level. This edition: M051801954. Boosey & Hawkes Chamber Music. Published by Boosey & Hawkes (HL.48018979).
Quintet with Narrator
The Woman with the Unfathomable Eyes for narrator, flute, clarinet (Bb and A), violin, cello, and piano (2010)
Mystery. Intrigue. Murder…A 1940’s Los Angeles detective and the woman with the unfathomable eyes. It’s only a matter of time before he finds out her true motives in this noir-style piece, but will it be too late?(JB 129)
Choral Music – Women’s Choir
Breakable for SA choir and piano (2015)
Duration 5 minutes
Poetry by Annabelle Mosely – this work explores the delicacy of human nature through the delicate nature of a sand dollar. To be Published by Graphite Publishing – available soon.
This Perfect Beauty for SSA choir, flute, piano (2015)
Duration: 6 minutes
Poetry by Amy Lowell – tells that we are all unique and perfect. To be published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing in 2016.
Vive la Liberté for two-part treble choir, flute, percussion(optional), piano (2007)
Vive la Liberté was commissioned to celebrate the life of the Marquis de Lafayette and his constant belief in liberty and freedom for all people. Also available for SATB choir.
We Are Home for SSAA choir, percussion, piano (2014)
Duration: 5 minutes
Commissioned by Vox Femina Los Angeles under the direction of Dr. Iris Levine and premiered on March 22, 2014 in Zipper Hall in Los Angeles. Words compiled by Jenni and taken from the words, poems, and stories of the women of Vox that tell the story of what home means to each of us.
A Universal Dream for SSAA choir, percussion, and piano (2010)
Duration: 5 minutes
Commissioned by Sister Singers Network for the 2010 SSN festival in Chicago. This work tells of a universal message of liberty and freedom – a better life for all, and a chance to be heard. Published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing.
Dancing Naked at the Edge of Dawn for SSAA choir, percussion, and piano (2009)
Duration 10 minutes
3 Movements – Commissioned by the women’s choir Sistrum under the direction of Meredith Bowen, this work tells of dancing naked, letting go of fears, and being true to yourself.
SATB a cappella
The Peace of Wild Things for SATB (2013)
Duration: 6 minutes
The Peace of Wild Things for SATB a cappella with text by Wendell Berry tells of finding solace in the natural world when life becomes complicated and worrisome.
The Giver of Stars for SATB (2011)
Duration: 5 minutes
This work tells of joy and pleasure, sensuality, and beauty almost too much to behold. Commisioned by the Young New Yorkers Chorus under the direction of Michael Kerchner.
At Night for SATB (2008)
Tells of the wind singing through the trees, a wild, tumultuous night, and the freedom of the onward sweeping wind.
Earth Grown Old for SATB and piano (2004)
Duration: 5 minutes
Poetry by Christina Rossetti tells of the mysteries of the Earth beneath the snow, and the beauty of the coming spring.
Make Music Sweet for SATB choir and piano (2010)
Duration 9 minutes
Make Music Sweet for SATB choir and piano is a three-movement work which uses the poetrry of James Joyce from his collection Chamber Music. These three movements speak of love and nature, of cool valleys, and speaking to the heart.
Vive la Liberté for SATB, flute, percussion, and piano(2007)
Vive la Liberté was commissioned to celebrate the life of the Marquis de Lafayette and his constant belief in liberty and freedom for all people. This version is slightly expanded and more difficult than the version for two-part treble choir.
The Dark Hills for SATB choir, oboe, piano (2009)
Duration: 4 minutes
The poetry of The Dark Hills by Edwin Arlington Robinson offers a beautiful picture of evening settling on the hills, or of the quiet that comes at that moment just before dark falls completely over the land.
Large Choral Works
Tonight a Stolen Moment for SATB choir, String quartet, percussion (2012)
Duration approx. 8:30 Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Poem by Bobbi J. Nicotera.
This work tells the story of an immigrant family displaced from their home and forced to move to a new land. With only the stars in the skies to keep their memories, they will add new memories as they embark on their new life.
We Are Joy for Piano Concerto with choir and chamber orchestra (2015)
Duration: 25 minutes
This work celebrates discovering what joy means, in all poems, all songs, and that we are joy. Original poetry by Oliver Mayer and commissioned by the Long Beach Camerata Singers for their 50th anniversary celebration in 21015. (Coming soon!)
Love Songs for soprano and oboe (2014)
Duration: 23 minutes
Multi movements (may be performed as one work or choose any combination of movements). The texts – translations of Native American words – I chose to tell a story of the Native American woman – a story that she might tell to her child while she rocked the child to sleep.
Dog Tales for soprano, flute, clarinet, piano (2009)
Duration: 15 minutes
Dog Tales tells the stories of beloved family dogs, but truly speaks to the universal theme of relationships, both with our pets and world around us. Often sweet and funny, these touching pieces are a testament to the love for man’s best friend and how these relationships positively affect us each day.
Dig for soprano and piano (2009)
“Dig (Chloe)” comes from the larger work Dog Tales for soprano, flute, clarinet, and piano, and tells the amusing anecdote of one dog’s need to bury her owner’s items in the back yard while waiting for her to return. Sung in the style of a “torch song,” this piece works well as a fun and light addition to any vocal recital.
Imperceptible for soprano and piano (2004)
“Imperceptible” is a collection of ten translated Japanese poems by Kenneth Rexroth woven together into a single work to tell the story of one woman’s wait for her lover, her loss and grief, and her questioning of the delicate human heart.
Sun Songs for soprano, English horn, cello, piano (2013)
Duration: 17 minutes
The 3 texts for Sun Songs comes from translated text of the North American Indians. I thought these three texts fit together well in telling a story of honoring the sun and nature for what it does, from bringing beautiful colors to the sky to giving us food and life.
Large Ensemble without Voice
Double Concerto for Oboe and Bassoon with Wind Symphony (2013)
This piece tells the story of our Galaxy, of the great unknown and what lies beyond, and where we belong within this vastness of space. This work is also available as a chamber work with piano and percussion.