Jennifer Bellor, Ph.D.
Coordinator, Composition; Assistant Professor-in-Residence, Composition; Artistic Director, Nextet
Described as "evocative" (Jazz Weekly), "lyrical," and "mesmerizing" (textura), the music of Las Vegas-based composer Jennifer Bellor has been presented by Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center, American Composers Orchestra, Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra, Wuhan Philharmonic Chamber Series, Las Vegas Philharmonic, Lviv Philharmonic, Transient Canvas, ShoutHouse, UNLV Wind Orchestra, Clocks in Motion, Sonic Cluster Duo, Eastman New Jazz Ensemble, Eastman Saxophone Project, Elevate Ensemble, and many others in the US and abroad.
Bellor's recent album “Reflections at Dusk” was released by Innova Recordings November 2019, and showcases instrumental music inspired by the Nevada sunsets. The album has been described as “crepuscular,” “mystical,” and “magical.” Textura stated, “She's also that rare composer whose music manages to be instantly listenable and emotionally resonant without any compromise to its sophistication.” The album with many of the works written for harp and percussion, has been described as “crepuscular,” “mystical,” and “magical,” and many of these tracks have been featured on radio shows including Marvin Rosen’s Viva 21st Century marathon, “Feminine Fusion,” Society for New Music’s “Fresh Ink,” among others.
Her music draws on a variety of influences, evidenced in her self-released debut album Stay (2016), which is a melting pot of different music styles largely based on poetry. Stay was featured on NewMusicBox’s 2016 Staff picks, and was praised as having the ability to “maintain a highly individual identity without needing to take refuge in pre-post-genre musical silos.” Her composition Chase the Stars received acclaim not only for its “dazzling eclecticism” combining opera, hip hop and jazz, but also for her singing. It was awarded The American Prize (2016) in the orchestral category.
Born and raised in Northern NY, Bellor earned a PhD 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. She is on the music composition faculty at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and artistic director of the new music series Nextet. Please visit her website www.jenniferbellor.com.