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Jennifer Griffith moves between creative efforts as composer, pianist, and jazz vocalist. She composes “a wonderful tapestry of musical passion and humor,” says Mark Greenfest of The New Music Connoisseur. Currently Griffith is collaborating with playwright Dominic Orlando, acclaimed opera director Christopher Alden, and producers Stage|Time Collaborative on a new one-act opera Beautiful Creatures, about the politics and people in the environmental movement. Notable commissions include In E, for the 2008 Festival Non Sequitur, and “The Reed” (2010), a chamber oratorio, for the Grace and Spiritus Chorale of Brooklyn. Performances include her pocket opera Dream President (2008) and an excerpt from The X-Dresser in an evening of Opera After Hours, also directed by Christopher Alden; the Quintet of the Americas (Woodwind Quintet), and Women’s Work: New York Women Composers (her songs, Trails and Convalescence). Griffith has also written chamber works for Newspeak, Glass Farm, and Cygnus ensembles and her electroacoustic work Calling G.B. has been featured on 60×60-Dance concerts. Dream President was also presented at New York City Opera’s Showcasing American Composers in 2004, and again in an expanded version at the Manhattan School of Music’s Opera Theater opera previews in 2005. Griffith has been awarded the MacDowell Colony fellowship, and recently earned a doctorate degree in composition at the CUNY Graduate Center. She studied composition with Tomas Svoboda, Donald Wheelock, Thea Musgrave, David Del Tredici and Tania León. She sings jazz at NYC venues and is featured vocalist on saxophonist Steve Elson’s CD, Mott and Broome. Griffith’s electroacoustic work for The Tempest Project (“Who is Miranda?”) is forthcoming on Pogus records.

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