"JERICHO is by far the most imaginative, unusual and successful work I have ever performed in 33 years of conducting.”
—Dr. Richard Fischer
Concordia University Chicago
"RAHAB is one of the most moving, intense, and exciting compositions I have had the privilege of conducting. The story, music, surround-sound acoustics, and audience participation are compelling."
—Dr. Jeffrey Doebler, Valparaiso Univ.
"Powerful Work of Beauty, Struggle, and Hope"
"Dr. Grady Butler, one of the students who went to jail with Dr. King in 1960, was in attendance and was simply effusive in his praise [of Stirrin' in the Water]. Thank you for this powerful work of beauty, struggle, and hope."
— Dr. Michael Moore, conductor
Conductor Christopher Wilkins on the 2016 premiere of
Ayers-Myricks' There's A Stirrin' In The Water
Ayers' Beneath Suspicion wins First Prize from Opera Kansas.
Michigan Philharmonic performs Ayers' The Passion of John Brown
Winner of the American Prize for orchestral composition
Jesse Ayers named "Honored Artist of the American Prize"
November 2014. Jesse Ayers is one of five American composers chosen as the first Honored Artists of The American Prize, the national nonprofit competitions in the performing arts. Honored Artists are individuals who have proven themselves to be musicians of “sustained excellence" over a number of seasons as contestants in the competitions. “The American Prize has auditioned many works by these five composers over several seasons,” says David Katz, Cheif Judge of the American Prize, “Each of the five exhibits a unique voice, a substantial catalog, multiple performances and serious intent. Each deserves every opportunity to be heard. We are delighted to bring added attention to their considerable gifts.” Read press release from The American Prize