Described as a “new music ninja” by the Hartford Advocate, Jessica Rudman is a composer, theorist, and teacher based in Connecticut. Her works have been performed by groups such as the International Contemporary Ensemble, the Cadillac Moon Ensemble, The Omaha Symphony’s Chamber Orchestra, the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, and the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra. She has received awards from SCI/ASCAP, Boston Metro Opera, the College Music Society, the International Alliance for Women in Music, and others. Jessica is a 2019 Connecticut Artist Fellow, with support from the Connecticut Office of the Arts, which also receives funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
Jessica composes music that unifies extended techniques with clear melodic development and narrative structures to create a unique and personal emotional expression. She believes that the ability to reach one’s audience and elicit an emotional response is of extreme importance in our current social, economic, and political environment.
As a theorist, she has presented at conferences across the United States and abroad on topics ranging from Ancient Greek scales to the music of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. As a teacher, she has served on the faculty at Baruch College, Central Connecticut State University, and the Hartt School. She is currently the Director of the Young Composers Project and the Chair of the Creative Studies Department at the Hartt School Community Division.