Music Theory II
Upper Division Music Theory
Eastman School of Music, Ph.D.
Syracuse University, MM
Cornell University, BA
Works by Jennifer Bellor (b. 1983) have been featured in the United States and abroad at festivals and institutes including Aspen Music Festival, June in Buffalo, Cleveland Composers Institute of Recording, Buffalo Philharmonic Young Composers' Readings, and the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute. Her music has been presented by performing artists and ensembles including Cuong Vu Trio, Society for New Music Vision of Sound Series and Rising Star Series; Eastman New Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Percussion Ensemble, and Wind Ensemble; Volta Trio, University of Rochester Percussion Ensemble, Eastman in China tour, and many others.
Jennifer also enjoys collaborating with dancers, poets, visual artists, and actors. Some of her most recent performances include her piece Midnight Swim with dancers on the SoundExchange concert at the University of Rochester in 2012; her marimba piece Heat performed with improvisation by the Amphion Percussion duo in collaboration with hot glassmakers at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2011; her piece On Tap (Just tap it!), that has received multiple performances by the Volta trio and tap dancer Alex Dugdale in 2009-2011, and her song cycle Ophelia's Flowers that was commissioned by Just Poets in collaboration with poet E. Louise Beach in 2011.
Jennifer Bellor is currently a Ph.D student in music composition at the Eastman School of Music. She received a Master of Music at Syracuse University, and a Bachelor of Arts at Cornell University. Her principal teachers were David Liptak, Robert Morris, Andrew Waggoner, Sally Lamb, and Steven Stucky. She also studied with visiting composers in residence at Eastman such as Shulamit Ran and Yehudi Wyner, and with Sydney Hodkinson at the Aspen Music Festival as a Susan and Ford Schumann composition fellow. Recent composition prizes include Howard Hanson Orchestra prize in 2012, the Belle S. Gitelman Award in 2011 and the Bernard Rogers Memorial Prize in 2008 and 2009.
She is currently on the faculty at Nazareth College teaching composition, orchestration, and undergraduate music theory. In addition to teaching, she enjoys coordinating and producing concerts. Her most recent concerts include the Composers' Sinfonietta concerts at Eastman 2010-2011, and her upcoming showcase On Tap: Original Music with Dance that will be presented on the upcoming Fringe Festival 2012 in Rochester. She also acts as concert office Programs Coordinator at Eastman.
In addition to her composition studies, teaching, and administrative duties, she takes voice lessons from Katherine Ciesinski at Eastman, and performs her own music in addition to singing in the early music ensemble Schola Cantorum and performing contemporary works. She also holds the music director position at St Francis of Assisi in Bridgeport,NY and the assistant director/accompanist position at St. Mary's Church in Minoa, NY, where she directs choirs, accompanies, and cantors on a weekly basis.
Personal Webpage: jenniferbellor.com