A native of California, Jennifer Conner did her early compositional studies at the University of California Irvine where she was a Regents scholar receiving undergraduate degrees in Music, Dance and Fine Arts Interdisciplinary. While there she was awarded the Presidential Fellowship Grant for the performance of her music. She completed her Masters and Doctoral work at the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying under Donald Erb. She also studied with New York composer George Tsontakis and participated in the Aspen Music Festival Center for Advanced Compositional Studies under Bernard Rands. Her Orchestra music has been performed by the Cleveland Orchestra, Oregon, Akron, Canton and Grand Rapids Symphonies, and over the past few decades she has had both national and international performances by numerous soloists and chamber ensembles including Panaramicos, Solaris, The Cleveland Chamber Collective, Myriad, and Epicyle New Music Ensemble. Her organ work, A Teller of Tales has been released by Capstone Records “Telling Tales” CD, and on the Pro Organa CD “American Organ Music” with Tom Trenney. Her choral Anthem, “My Peace” is recorded on the Church of the Covenant’s “American Music” CD, and her Christmas Anthem “Quiet Promise” is included on the 2012 Christmas recording “Carols for Quire from the Old and New Worlds 2”. Jennifer Conner teaches theory and composition at the Cleveland Institute of Music and is head of the Suzuki music theory program there. She is also on the faculty at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory. She is author of the theory curriculum, Foundations in Music, which is used by teachers and institutions both in Cleveland and beyond. She has been a frequent adjudicator of young composition competitions for both MTNA and OFMC. Dr. Conner is a member of ASCAP, and her works are published through Imaginings Publishing.
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