Composer of the Month February 2020: Jessie Montgomery

Jessie MontgomeryJessie Montgomery’s music is performed frequently around the world. As a composer, violinist, and educator, her works interweave classical music with elements of vernacular music, improvisation, and social justice. Born and raised on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Jessie’s parents took her to various rallies and performances, where interactions with activists and artists greatly influenced her creativity and advocacy. Since 1999 she has been affiliated with the Sphinx Organization, which supports young African-American and Latinx string players. She currently serves as composer-in-residence for the Sphinx Virtuosi, the organization’s professional touring ensemble. In the 2019–20 season, her new works are being premiered by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the National Choral Society, and ASCAP Foundation. The New York Philharmonic commissioned her for a work in their ‘Project 19’ concert series, and she is also working with Jannina Norpoth to reimagine Scott Joplin’s opera 'Treemonisha', produced by Volcano Theatre. A graduate of The Juilliard School and New York University, Jessie Montgomery is currently a graduate fellow in music composition at Princeton University. Her music is self-published.

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Listen to 'Strum' for String Quintet: