Jessica A. Hunt
Jessica A. Hunt’s music has been played in concert by some of today’s finest ensembles and soloists, including the Gaudete Brass Quintet, the Fear No Music Ensemble, Palomar, Oliver Brewer, Richard Hoskins, Jonathan Ryan, and R. Benjamin Dobey, and in readings by members of the International Contemporary Ensemble and Dal Niente. Her concert commissions include Dragon Call for brass quintet and narrator (2014), Brass Chorales on Advent Themes for brass quintet (2013), anti[syn]thesis for double antiphonal brass quintet (2012), Three Impromptus for Organ and Brass Quintet (2010) (released on the CD “Conversations In Time” on the Pro Organo label), Christmas Suite (2010) and Three Movements for Brass (2008) all commissioned by the Gaudete Brass Quintet, Celebration Columbia for string quartet and jazz ensemble (2009) commissioned by Columbia College Chicago for the 2009 Commencement Ceremonies, and song cycle Songs of Autumn (2007) commissioned by the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City for a celebration of the poet Robinson Jeffers. She is particularly interested in the intersection of music and drama, especially in works engaging with the interpretation of text. Her current works-in-progress include Thurso's Landing, an opera in two acts based on the epic narrative poem of the same title by Robinson Jeffers, and a series of works for trombone and piano for trombonist Paul Von Hoff which explores the rhetoric, identity and question of "tune." She is currently studying with Kurt Westerberg, Christopher Wendell Jones and Seung-Won Oh at DePaul University and expects to receive her Master of Music degree in Music Composition in 2016. Mrs. Hunt is a member of both ASCAP and the American Composers Forum.