Jennifer Jolley

From Wind Repertory Project
Jennifer Jolley (photo: Tina Gutierrez)


Jennifer Jolley (b. 1981, Bellflower, Calif.) is a composer and sound artist influenced by urban environments and nostalgia.

Originally from Los Angeles, Dr. Jolley was an assistant professor of music at Ohio Wesleyan University. She earned both her D.M.A. and M.M. at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music and her B.M. at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.

Jennifer's work draws toward subjects that are political and even provocative. She is the co-founder of North American New Opera Workshop (NANOWorks Opera), a chamber opera company devoted to developing and staging short contemporary operas by emerging North American composers, and also authors Why Compose When You Can Blog?, a web log about contemporary composing.

Dr. Jolley joined the composition faculty of the Texas Tech School of Music in 2018 and has been a member of the composition faculty at Interlochen Arts Camp since 2015. She teaches various music composition courses including computer music programming and sound art. In 2023 she moved to Lehman College where she is assistant professor of music theory and composition in the Department of Music at Lehman College in the Bronx ,and was a Fulbright Scholar to Egypt in 2023.

Works for Winds

Adaptable Music

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  • Jennifer Jolley website Accessed 20 March 2017
  • Kirk, Daniel, and Jennifer Jolley. "Lichtweg/Lightway." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 12, Compiled and edited by Andrew Trachsel, 563-569. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2021.
  • The Horizon Leans Forward…, compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 369.
  • Leung, Erik Kar Jun. '"Face, Honor, and Family: The Crossroads of Asian Culture and a Career in Music."
  • Wallace, Jacob. "The Eyes of the World Are Upon You." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 12, Compiled and edited by Andrew Trachsel, 759-766. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2021.