List of Works

“quite engaging…joy-filled!” – Michael Barone, host of NPR’s “Pipedreams”

“…a fine composer with a great lyric gift” – Johanna Keller, music critic and former editor of Chamber Music magazine

“Jessica A. Hunt’s songs are creative crowd-pleasers” – Chicago Reader

“absolutely STUNNING” – playwright and director Braden Lubell

“…smart and fun” – TimeOut Chicago

With a unique sensibility for combining experimental techniques with accessible aesthetics, Jessica A. Hunt creates a sonic world in which both the casual listener and the classical connoisseur can find common footing. Shows featuring Hunt’s stage music have been performed to sold out houses in multiple theaters in Chicago, and have been featured in the Wall Street Journal and on NBC television. Hunt’s concert music has been heard from coast to coast, including Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York City, broadcast on FM radio and PBS television, distributed on the Pro Organo label, and played by some of today’s finest ensembles and soloists, including the International Contemporary Ensemble, Oliver Brewer, Dal Niente, the Fear No Music Ensemble, R. Benjamin Dobey and the Gaudete Brass Quintet. Some of her concert commissions include works for the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra (The Eagle Tree, 2018), Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings (And So I Looked To The River, 2018), the Michigan Lighthouse Landmark Legacy Project (Three Brass Fanfares, 2018), the Gaudete Brass Quintet (Colloquy, 2016; Dragon Call, 2014; Brass Chorales on Advent Themes, 2013; anti[syn]thesis, 2012; Brass Chorales on Christmas Themes, 2010; Three Impromptus for Organ and Brass Quintet, 2010; and Three Movements for Brass, 2008), the Palomar Ensemble (Inside Outside, 2014), the Columbia College Chicago Jazz Ensemble (Celebration Columbia, 2009), and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City (Songs of Autumn, 2007). Equally at home writing for piano, brass, winds, and strings as she is setting text for solo or ensemble voice, Hunt imbues her compositions with an idiomatic expertise that performers and listeners alike can recognize.


Selected List of Concert Works:

Large Ensemble

  • The Eagle Tree (2018) for symphony orchestra
  • Thurso’s Landing – Symphonic Suite (2016) for symphony orchestra
  • on a Desert Valley (2015) for 15 players (large chamber winds)
  • Celebration Columbia (2009) for jazz ensemble (big band) and string quartet

Opera & Opera Scenes

  • Thurso’s Landing (Work began in 2012) for 5 principals, TTTTBBBB chorus, and chamber orchestra (follow along with the process on the Opera Blog!)
  • Life Is All A Dream, from Act II Scene i of Thurso’s Landing (2018) for tenor, baritone, bass-baritone, TTTTBBB chorus, and piano
  • I Have Seen Dawn with You, from Act I Scene ii of Thurso’s Landing (2017) for soprano, tenor, and piano
  • The Nightwatch (2017) for baritone, violoncello and piano
  • Death Is… from Act II Scene iv of Thurso’s Landing (2015) for soprano and piano
  • Something is Wrong in this House, excerpt from Vanya and Helena (2009) for mezzo-soprano, baritone, clarinet in Bb, violoncello, and piano

Theatre, Film & Musical Theatre

  • Inside Outside (2014) - a new live score for silent film “Nervous Person”
  • Stafford & Hunt’s Cinderella (2010) – two-act musical
  • The Breakfast Club: The Musical (2010) – two-act musical
  • OLD (2010) – sketch musical
  • Understudies (2010) – sketch musical
  • Lucid (2010) – incidental music for play
  • The Mystery of Madam Pearl (2009) – one-act musical
  • Etchings (2007) – score for short film
  • The Station (2006) – one-act musical
  • Measure for Measure (2005) – incidental music for play

Chamber Ensemble

  • Three Brass Fanfares (2018) for brass quintet
  • Images of Guemes (2018) for string quartet
  • And So I Looked To The River (2018) for string quartet
  • Colloquy (2016) for brass quintet
  • Taraxacum (2014) for mixed chamber quintet
  • Inside Outside (2014) for mixed chamber sextet
  • Dragon Call (2014) for brass quintet, optional narrator, and optional audience participation
  • Brass Chorales on Advent Themes (2013) for brass quintet
  • anti[syn]thesis (2012) for antiphonal double brass quintet
  • Christmas Suite (2010) for brass quintet
  • Three Impromptus (2010) for organ and brass quintet
  • Toccata for Piano Quartet (2009)
  • Four Modern Miniatures for Piano Quartet (2009)
  • Three Movements for Brass (2008) for brass quintet
  • Il Capitano e Columbina (2008) for chamber orchestra
  • Astri Orion (2007) for string quartet
  • Piano Trio No. 1 (2004) for violin, violoncello, and piano
  • Reim der Wellen (2004) for chamber orchestra
  • Nacht ohne Mond (2003) for piano, marimba, and string trio

Electronic Media

  • In This America (in progress) for fixed media
  • This is a Test of the Emergency Emotional Overload System (2017) for fixed media, optional projections, and actor
  • Respiration (2014) for live electronics and breather
  • (also see the incidental scores for Lucid (2010), Etchings (2007), and Measure for Measure (2005)

Solos and Duos (Vocal)

  • I Have Seen Dawn with You, from Act I Scene ii of Thurso’s Landing (2017) for soprano, tenor, and piano
  • Death Is… from Act II Scene iv of Thurso’s Landing (2015) for soprano and piano
  • Songs of Autumn (2007, rev. 2014) for baritone and piano
  • Parker Poesies (2009) for mezzo-Soprano and piano
  • Levis 501s (2009) for tenor and piano
  • Sonnets from the Portuguese XXIV (2007) for mezzo-soprano and piano
  • Gibt Mir (2006) for soprano and piano

Solos and Duos (Instrumental)

  • Meditation (2014) for trombone and piano
  • Three Etudes (2008) for piano
  • Schema (2007) for violin and piano
  • Eridani by Moonlight (2005) for violoncello and piano
  • Theme and Comic Variations (2005) for violoncello and piano
  • Elegy (2002) for piano


  • Listening (2016) for SSAATTBB chorus and soprano soloist
  • A Late Walk (2005) for SATB chorus and piano
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