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Described as “gorgeously ethereal” by City Newspaper and “beautifully haunting” by the Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra, works by composer Jennifer Bellor blend contemporary jazz, classical, and rock styles. Her works have been performed by national and international organizations such as Washington National Opera, Lviv Philharmonic, Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival, June in Buffalo, Eastman New Jazz Ensemble, Eastman Wind Ensemble, Eastman Saxophone Project, UNLV Wind Symphony, California State University East Bay Wind Orchestra, UNLV Jazz Ensemble, Florida State University Festival of New Music, Hildegard Festival, Ritsos Project in Greece, A/Tonal Ensemble, Mivos Quartet, and many others in the United States and abroad. She has been recognized for both her concert music and jazz, with awards including a 2015 IAWM Judith Lang Zaimont prize for Skylark Lullaby, 2015 American prize finalist for Uprising, 2014 Seattle Women’s Jazz Composition prize, and a 2013 Downbeat Award for Midnight Swim. Additionally, her opera Duffy’s Cut that was commissioned by Washington National Opera and premiered at the Kennedy Center November, 2013 was praised as showing a “flair for full-bodied, operatic sound” (Washington Post), and for “using contrasting rhythms and clever harmonies to an intriguing effect” (Huffington Post).

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Judges from the Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra Composition Contest considered her piece “Noir,” “really beautiful and haunting,” and “reminiscent of Ornette’s collaboration with Howard Shore for the film Naked Lunch.”

Her opera “Duffy's Cut” (2013) was praised as showing a “flair for full-bodied, operatic sound,” (Washington Post), and “using contrasting rhythms and clever harmonies to an intriguing effect” (Huffington Post).

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Visiting Lecturer in Music Composition and Theory at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Courses include undergraduate theory and aural skills, counterpoint, analysis, group composition and private lessons. Willing to teach students at all levels. Offers private lessons ($50/hour) if student can come to UNLV or if it is through skype: Composition Theory/Aural skills


Albums by Jennifer Bellor


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