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Jenni Brandon

Long Beach, CA         

Jenni Brandon is a composer and conductor, creating music in collaboration with other musicians and artists. She writes music that is beautiful and lyrical, telling stories through memorable musical lines often influenced by the collaborator’s story, nature, and poetry.

She has been commissioned to write music for soloists, chamber ensembles, concertos, opera and orchestra. Her music appears on over 20 albums, and has been awarded the Sorel Medallion, American Prize, Paderewski Cycle, Women Composers Festival of Hartford International Composition Competition, and Bassoon Chamber Music Composition Competition among others. Her works are published and distributed by Boosey & Hawkes, Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Graphite Publishing, TrevCo Music Publishing, Imagine Music, J.W. Pepper, and June Emerson. She also runs her own publishing company, Jenni Brandon Music, which publishes and distributes her works.

As a conductor she often conducts her own works and works by living composers. She conducted her one-act opera 3 PADEREWSKIS in the Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center in 2019, as well as at the Aula Nova Akademii Muzycznej w Pozaniu in Poznan, Poland. She also presents workshops and talks on collaboration and the business of music, striving to create a supportive environment where collaboration leads to an exploration of ideas.

She received her undergraduate degree in Music Composition at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. She then received her Master’s degree in Music Composition from the University of Texas at Austin. She did doctoral work at the University of Southern California.

When she is not making music, Jenni is often on her yoga mat, either practicing or teaching yoga. Jenni also loves walking her dogs and travelling with her husband to snorkel in tropical waters. Visit jennibrandon.com to learn more.

Great Sand Dunes for Flute and Marimba

Great Sand Dunes tells the story of the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in Colorado. Boasting the largest sand dunes in North America, this diverse landscape is portrayed by the colors and timbres of the flute and marimba. This work is in one movement with sections:
I. Star Dune – Main Dune Mass
II. Sabkha: Salt Flat
III. Sand
IV. Stream: Surge Flow
V. The Great Sand Dunes

Iva Ugrcic – flute
Matthew Coley – marimba

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America Belongs to Us for SATB Choir and Flute Orchestra

Music by Jenni Brandon
Poem by Oliver Mayer
Performed by the Congressional Chorus of Washington, DC and the Columbia Flute Orchestra
Conducted by Jenni Brandon

America Belongs to Us explores the idea of the immigrant – coming from another country and growing roots in America, the land of opportunity for all. Leaving behind all that they know, they move to an unfamiliar country, often leaving family, friends behind, to hopefully make a better life for themselves and for the generations to come.

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3 PADEREWSKIS: An Opera in One Act (Selection)

At his grave, we meet three versions of Paderewski (one of them female): Ignace the virtuoso pianist/composer, Jan the politician/founder of the Polish nation, and Paderewski the éminence grise/Paso Robles winemaker.Sifting through a lifetime of memories far too large for any one person, they summon the ghost of Antonina, their beloved long-dead first wife. A compassionate opera about a man who changed the world through his music and passion for life, whose memory instructs our own moment of political and moral crisis.

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