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Jennifer Jolley, D.M.A.

 Jennifer Jolley
Instructor of Music Composition
University of Southern California Thornton School of Music
Bachelor of Music, Music Composition
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
Master of Music, Music Composition
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
Doctorate of Musical Arts, Music Composition

About Jennifer

Jennifer Jolley (b. 1981) is a composer, conductor, and professor. Her work is founded on the belief that the pleasures and excesses of music have the unique potential to engage political and provocative subjects. Addressing a range of topics such as climate change, #MeToo, feminist history, and the abuses of the Putin regime, Jolley strives to write pieces that are equally enjoyable and meaningful.

Jolley’s works have been commissioned and performed by ensembles worldwide, including the Dallas Winds, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Central Ohio Symphony, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, and Quince Ensemble. Her music has been featured in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Rivera Court at the Detroit Institute of Arts, and Žofín Palace. A future piece commissioned by the U.S. Navy Band will premiere at the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) Conference in Gwangju, South Korea, in Namhansanseong Art Hall.

Jolley received degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. She is now an Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition in the Department of Music, Multimedia, Theatre, and Dance at Lehman College in the Bronx and was a Fulbright Scholar to Egypt in 2023. She has been a composition faculty member at Interlochen Arts Camp since 2015.

  • Scholarship and Publications
    • "Hope is a Thing of Feathers" featured on the upcoming album Bespoke Songs
    • Questions to Heaven, featured on an upcoming album by The Central Band of the Canadian Armed Forces
    • "Lilac Tears" featured on the album Timothy McAllister & Liz Ames: Project Encore, Vol.1
  • Awards and Fellowships
    • 2023 New York State Council on the Arts Grant Awardee
    • 2023 Opera Grants for Women Composers: Discovery Grants Recipient
    • 2023 Fulbright Scholar to Egypt

B.M., Music Composition - University of Southern California Thornton School of Music

M.M., Music Composition - University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

D.M.A., Music Composition - University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM)