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Jennifer Bellor

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Jennifer Bellor composes a career in music

BellorVisiting Assistant Professor
Office: A-93

Departmental Responsibilities:
Music Theory II 
Upper Division Music Theory

Eastman School of Music, Ph.D.
Syracuse University, MM
Cornell University, BA

Works by Jennifer Bellor (1983) have been featured in the United States and abroad at festivals and institutes including the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute readings in New York City, Aspen Music Festival, June in Buffalo, Cleveland Composers Institute of Recording, Buffalo Philharmonic Young Composers’ Readings, and the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute, and have been presented by ensembles including the American Composers Orchestra, Cuong Vu Trio, Society for New Music Vision of Sound Series and Rising Star Series, Eastman New Jazz Ensemble, Eastman Wind Ensemble, Eastman Chamber Percussion Ensemble, Volta Trio, University of Massachusetts Amherst Wind Ensemble, University of Rochester Percussion Ensemble, Eastman in China tour, Rochester Fringe Festival, and many others. She received a 2013 DownBeat Outstanding Performance award for her composition Midnight Swim for big band in the original composition/orchestrated work category at the graduate college level. Additional composition awards include the Bernard Rogers Prize (2013) for her operatic composition Christabel, Howard Hanson Orchestra prize (2012), the Belle S. Gitelman Award (2011) and the Bernard Rogers Memorial Prize (2008) and (2009) at the Eastman School.

Jennifer received her Ph.D in music composition at Eastman School of Music, a Master of Music degree in composition at Syracuse University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in music 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 the Eastman School such as Shulamit Ran and Yehudi Wyner, and with Sydney Hodkinson at the Aspen Music Festival  as a Susan and Ford Schumann composition fellow. 

Currently, Jennifer is composing a 20-minute opera, commissioned by the Washington National Opera American Opera Initiative, for a fall premiere at the Kennedy Center. She is also Visiting Assistant Professor at Nazareth College where she will continue teaches classes in music theory and composition. 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.

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