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Jillian Whitaker

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Jillian Whitaker


Jillian Whitaker (b. 1992, Iowa) is an American composer and saxophonist.

Ms. Whitaker is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in music composition/theory. Her time there culminated in a live presentation of her film music as part of her thesis entitled Listening to Movies: The Emotional Response of an Audience in Correlation with Film.

Ms. Whitaker moved to Los Angeles in 2015 to begin working with composer Assaf Rinde. With a background in violin, jazz and classical saxophone, piano, world percussions, and conducting, her experience as a performer and her broad musical perspective bring a unique and expansive flavor into Jillian’s music.

She has written and conducted original scores for a number of film projects by award-winning directors. Since living in Los Angeles, Jillian has written multiple trailer tracks, worked as a session musician, and has assisted on a number of film and television projects.

Jillian is also a widely known and award-winning composer in the concert world. She has seen a great deal of success writing original music for her main instrument, the saxophone, and has had her pieces performed across the United States and Europe. She has written for a wide range of other instruments and ensembles and continues to receive commissions and performances of her music around the world.

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