"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
"Total Knock Out"
"THE PASSION OF JOHN BROWN is a total knock-out. On a purely visceral level it is magnificent."
—Christopher Wilkins, conductor
Akron Symphony Orchestra
"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.
Ayers-Myricks' Stirrin' In The Water Premiere
The Akron Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Akron Youth Excellence Performing Arts Workshop
Christopher Wilkins, conducting
E.J. Thomas Hall, Akron, OH
Christopher Wilkins, Conductor and Music Director, Akron Symphony Orchestra
Jesse Ayers and Charles Myricks, Jr. have co-composed a new work for orchestra and chorus which was premiered November 18, 2016, by the Akron Symphony Orchestra, the Akron Symphony Chorus, and Akron's Youth Excellence in the Performing Arts Workshop under the baton of ASO music director Christopher Wilkins. The 20-minute piece, entitled There's A Stirrin' In The Waters, a celebration of the American spiritual, was commissioned by the Akron Symphony for its "Legacy of the Spirituals" program.
Ayers' "Beneath Suspicion" wins First Prize from Opera Kansas.
Watch full performance video here.
Michigan Philharmonic performs Ayers' The Passion of John Brown
Winner of the American Prize for orchestral composition
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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