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Jennifer Bellor

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Jennifer Bellor


Jennifer Bellor (b. 1983, Massena, N.Y.) is an American composer, performer and educator.

Dr. Bellor earned a Ph.D. in music composition at Eastman School of Music, a Master of Music degree in composition at Syracuse University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in music at Cornell University. Her primary composition teachers included David Liptak, Bob Morris, Andrew Waggoner, Sally Lamb McCune, and Steven Stucky.

Dr. Bellor is a versatile composer whose works have been presented by Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center, American Composers Orchestra, Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra (SWOJO), Las Vegas Philharmonic, and many others in the U.S. and abroad. Her music draws on a variety of influences, evidenced in her debut album Stay (2016), which is a melting pot of different music styles largely based on poetry. Bellor also has received awards for her jazz/cross-genre compositions Midnight Swim (2013 DownBeat) Noir (2014 SWOJO), and Chase the Stars (2016 The American Prize).

Currently [2021], she is the composer-in-residence for the percussion quartet Clocks in Motion, and is working on her first of four quartets that will be completed over the three-year residency. Additionally, current projects include a new work for mezzo-soprano and alto saxophone for Megan Ihnen and Alan Theisen, for the AdZel Duo, and her second album, which will feature her most recent piece Cerulealina for strings, percussion and harp. Her composition Crystalline was recently selected for performance on the 2018 Music Now Festival held at Indiana State University.

Works for Winds


  • The Horizon Leans Forward..., compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 257.
  • Jennifer Bellor website Accessed 5 September 2018