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Jessica A. Hunt

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Education

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI (2016–)

Doctor of Musical Arts, Music Composition (in progress)

Regents Fellowship

DePaul University, Chicago IL (2014-2016)

Master of Music, Music Composition, with distinction

Columbia College Chicago, Chicago IL (2007-2009)

Bachelor of Music, cum laude, Music Composition & Piano Performance

Second City, Chicago IL (2008)

Completed the Music Director Training Program

Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL (2005-2006)

Undergraduate Music Composition

Notable Commissions

Colloquy (2016) – Gaudete Brass Quintet

Dragon Call (2014) – Gaudete Brass Quintet

Brass Chorales on Advent Themes (2013) – Gaudete Brass Quintet

anti[syn]thesis (2012) – Gaudete Brass Quintet

Brass Chorales on Christmas Themes (2010) – Gaudete Brass Quintet

Three Impromptus for Organ and Brass Quintet (2010) – Gaudete Brass Quintet

The Breakfast Club: The Musical (2010) – pH Productions

Lucid – an incidental score (2010) – Diamante Productions

Stafford & Hunt’s Cinderella (2009) – Christian Youth Theatre of Chicago

Celebration Columbia (2009) – Columbia College Chicago Jazz Ensemble

Three Movements for Brass (2008) – Gaudete Brass Quintet

Songs of Autumn (2007) – The Cathedral of St. John the Divine

 

Awards & Recognition

Awarded a Regents Fellowship for the pursuit of Doctoral Studies in Music Composition at the University of Michigan — 2016

Death Is… and Three Movements for Brass selected for performance at the Women Composers Festival of Hartford — 2016

Graduating class commission to compose Celebration Columbia for Columbia College Chicago’s 2009 commencement ceremonies — 2009

Ragdale Fellowship Nomination — 2008

William Russo Scholarship for Excellence in Music — four consecutive semesters, 2007-2009

Alumni Talent Scholarship, Illinois Wesleyan University — 2005-2006

Honorable Mention in composition, National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts (NFAA) National Arts Recognition and Talent Search (ARTS) — 2004-2005

Second Place, Washington Music Teachers Association Young Composers Competition — 2002

 

Publications & Broadcasts

R. Benjamin Dobey and the Gaudete Brass Quintet. (2010). I. Meditation, II. Romanza and III. Scherzo from Three Impromptus for Organ and Brass Quintet by Jessica A. Hunt. Conversations in Time – Original Music for Brass Quintet and Organ [Audio CD]. Pro Organo USA. Catalog No. 7242.

The Breakfast Club: The Musical excerpts broadcast on “24/7 Chicago”, NBC5 Chicago, April 11, 2010.

Nacht ohne Mond world premiere radio broadcast on “Northwest Previews with John Pittman,” Fresh Air, KBPS Portland Classical Music Radio, Portland, OR, 89.9 FM, May 15, 2003.

Nacht ohne Mond television broadcast on “Young Composers,” Episode #501 of Oregon Arts Beat, Oregon Public Broadcasting, September 18, 2003.

 

Other Selected Professional Experience

Note: please reference the concert music page for an extensive list of original compositions

Music Director – Legally Blonde the Musical (2015)

Dominican University, River Forest IL

Co-Music Director – The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (2015)

Dominican University, River Forest IL

Arranger & Music Director — The Solstice Ball (2014)

Que Sera Sera, Chicago IL

Vocal Arranger & Music DirectorAs You Like It (2014)

Dominican University, River Forest IL

Music DirectorThe Drowsy Chaperone (2013)

Dominican University, River Forest IL

*Music Director  –  The Mini Musical Project (2013)

Midwest New Musicals at Light Opera Works, Chicago IL

Rehearsal Accompanist / Vocal Assistant  –  Rent (2012)

Dominican University, River Forest IL

*Music Director  –  The Mini Musical Project (2012)

Midwest New Musicals at Light Opera Works, Chicago IL

**Music Director  –  My Dead Irish Mother  (2012)

Midwest New Musicals at Light Opera Works, Chicago IL

**Music Director  –  Tables Turn  (2011)

Midwest New Musicals at Light Opera Works, Chicago IL

*Music Director  –  The Mini Musical Project  (2011)

Midwest New Musicals at Light Opera Works, Chicago IL

Music Director/Actor  –  Child’s Play Touring Theatre  (2010)

Chicago, IL and various

Accompanist  –  The Lyric Opera’s Educational Outreach Program  (2010)

Chicago Lyric Opera, Chicago IL

*Composer  —  Cinderella by Stafford & Hunt  (2010)

Christian Youth Theater of Chicago, Chicago IL

*Composer  —  Lucid (2010)

Diamante Productions, Chicago IL

*Music Director/Composer  —  The Breakfast Club Musical (2010)

pH Productions, Chicago IL

Music Director/Composer  —  OLD  (2010)

Cupid Players, Chicago IL

Music Director/Composer  —  Understudies  (2010)

Cupid Players, Chicago IL

Head Music Director  —  pH Productions  (2009-2010)

Theatrical improv group, Chicago IL

**Music Director  —  Sincerely Yours (2009)

Philip Seward & the Writers’ Bloc Festival, Chicago IL

*Music Director  —  New Musicals For Kids season  (2009-2010)

Theatre Building Chicago, Chicago IL

*Music Director  —  On The Brink (at STAGES)  (2009)

Theatre Building Chicago, Chicago IL

Music Director  —  TBC benefit (2009)

Theatre Building Chicago, Chicago IL

Pianist/Celeste Player  —  Shostakovitch’s Fifth Symphony  (2009)

Chicago Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Chicago IL

*Music Director  —  The Mini Musical Project (2009)

Theatre Building Chicago, Chicago IL

Substitute Keyboard Player  —  Cupid Has a Heart On  (2009-2010)

Cupid Players, Chicago IL

**Music Director  —  40 is the new 15  (2009)

Theatre Building Chicago, Chicago IL

Music Director  —  Cinderella  (2008)

Chicago Women’s Charity Players, Chicago IL

Resident Music Director  —  Recapitulation  (2008–2009)

Theatrical musical improv group, Chicago IL

Copyist – for composer David Vayo (2006)

Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL

Composer and Sound Designer  —  Music Theater Workshop class  (2006)

Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL

Composer and Sound Designer  —  Measure for Measure  (2005)

Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL

 

* indicates world premiere

** indicates workshop reading of a new musical

† indicates sketch musical

Selected Teaching Experience

JHM Private Studio (2002 – present)

Individual coaching in Voice, Piano, Theory, and Composition (including notation software)

Dominican University (2012 – 2016)

Guest Artist, Music Director and Classroom Accompanist—working with students in the theatre department, specifically on aural, technical and interpretive skills and musicianship.

Child’s Play Touring Theatre (2010)

Classroom educator in music and drama in Chicago Public Schools and throughout East Coast

Second City Training Center (2009-2010)

Courses taught included:

Intro to Music Improv workshops in A-E track Improv classes

Vocal Basics

Voice for the Improvisor

Columbia College Chicago (2008 – 2009)

Specialized Sight Singing Teaching Assistant

Keyboarding Tutor & Keyboard Teaching Assistant

Illinois Wesleyan University (2006)

Counselor and Tutor for “Summer Music Composition Institute”

Prominent Teachers

Rick Baitz - Composition

*William Bolcom - Composition

Mike Descoteaux - Improv Piano

April Duvic - Voice

Dawn Harris - Voice

Christopher Hollingsworth – Voice

Sebastian Huydts – Piano

Christopher Wendell Jones – Composition

Ilya Levinson - Composition

Helen Murray - Piano

Seung-Won Oh – Composition

*Andrea Padova – Composition

Mario Pelusi – Composition

Phillip Seward – Composition

*Mark Anthony Turnage - Composition

David Vayo – Composition

Kurt Westerberg – Composition

*Master Class

Memberships & Affiliations

ASCAP

American Composers Forum

Access Contemporary Music

 

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