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Eyes of the World Are Upon You, The

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Jennifer Jolley (photo: Tina Gutierrez)

Jennifer Jolley

General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 11:05
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: ADJ-ective New Music
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental ($350.00)   |   Score Only (print) - $45.00


Full Score
C Piccolo I-II
Flute I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II-III
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV-V-VI
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone I-II
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum (2)
  • Chimes
  • Siren, high
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Last summer I read an article in the New York Times entitled “Texas Lawmakers Pass a Bill Allowing Guns at Colleges,” which stated that “students and faculty members at public and private universities in Texas could be allowed to carry concealed handguns into classrooms, dormitories, and other buildings...” In a grim coincidence the article also noted that the new campus carry law would go in effect on the fiftieth anniversary of the University of Texas [UT] Tower Shootings.

This chilled me.

UT Austin was the scene of the nation’s first campus mass shooting. On Monday, August 1, 1966, Charles Whitman murdered his mother and wife, then climbed to the top of the University of Texas Tower and fired his first shots just before noon. The killing spree went on for ninety-six minutes until Whitman was gunned down; seventeen people were killed.

It has been almost fifty-one years since this shocking event, and many things have changed. There are now campus police forces, and significant improvements to mental health services were also made in the aftermath of the shooting. The UT Tower Shooting is both a tragic living history, as well as a celebration of resilience. As stated by the UT Austin President Gregory L. Fenves at the Tower Memorial Rededication, “We will never eliminate the memory of the horror that consumed this campus on August 1, 1966. Nor should we try. But by focusing on the good -- on the stories of the heroes and lives of the survivors here with us this afternoon -- we can finally begin to remember and endure our burden of the past.”

This piece is a celebration of life: to those who died that day, but also to those who survived.

The Eyes of the World Are Upon You was commissioned for the University of Texas Wind Ensemble by the Alpha Tau Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) Wind Ensemble (Christopher Knighten, conductor) - 22 November 2021
  • Purdue Fort Wayne Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Daniel Tembras, conductor) – 5 December 2019
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Sarah McKoin, conductor) – 25 November 2019
  • State University of New York, Potsdam, Symphonic Band (Brian K. Doyle, conductor) – 21 November 2019
  • University of South Carolina (Columbia) Wind Ensemble (Cormac Cannon, conductor) – 19 November 2019
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Indiana, Penn.) Wind Ensemble (Timothy Paul, conductor) – 10 November 2019
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Symphonic Band (Andrew Trachsel, conductor) – 26 September 2019
  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Thomas Caneva, conductor) – 20 September 2019
  • Illinois State University (Normal) Wind Symphony (Anthony C. Marinello, conductor) – 27 April 2019
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Symphonic Winds (Emily Threinen, conductor) – 6 March 2019
  • Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisc.) Wind Ensemble (Matthew Arau, conductor) – 24 February 2019
  • Concordia College (Moorhead, Minn.) Band (Peter Haberman, conductor) – 10 February 2019
  • University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College-Conservatory of Music Wind Symphony (Kevin Michael Holzman, conductor) – 6 February 2019
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Concert Band (Courtney Snyder, conductor) – 5 December 2018
  • The Hartt Wind Ensemble (West Hartford, Conn.) (James Jackson, conductor) – 2 November 2018
  • University of Miami (Coral Gables) Frost Wind Ensemble (Robert Carnochan, conductor) – 28 October 2018
  • Florida State University (Tallahassee, Fla.) Symphonic Band (Patrick Dunnigan, conductor) – 8 October 2018
  • Texas Woman's University (Denton) Wind Symphony (Carter Biggers, conductor) – 6 October 2018
  • University of Nebraska (Lincoln) Wind Ensemble (Carolyn Barber, conductor) – 3 October 2018
  • University of Texas, Austin, Wind Ensemble (Jerry Junkin, conductor; Jonathan Gunn, clarinet; Brian Lewis, violin) – 18 March 2017 (CBDNA 2017 National Conference, Kansas City, Mo.) *Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • The Horizon Leans Forward…, compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 370.
  • Jennifer Jolley website Accessed 20 March 2017
  • Perusal score
  • 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.