"JERICHO is by far the most imaginative, unusual and successful work I have ever performed in 33 years of conducting.”
—Dr. Richard Fischer, conductor
Concordia Univ. 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. I can’t wait to perform it again"
—Dr. Jeffrey Doebler, conductor
"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
"JERICHO is absolutely stunning: tremendously effective, with a relentless sense of creative drive."
—Les Marsden, conductor
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
Ayers commissioned by Soprani Compagni
Jesse Ayers has been commissioned by Soprani Compagni to compose a new work on the theme of "Portraits of Women." The work, Beneath Suspicion, a Scene from the Lives of Mary Bowser and Elizabeth Van Lew, will premiere November 14, 2015, at Indiana Wesleyan University, and is based on a the true story of two women, one a wealthy, middle-aged white woman, the other a freed slave barely in her 20s, who both fought to end slavery by spying for the Union in the Confederate capital of Richmond during the American Civil War.
Ayers receives 2014 Individual Artist Excellence award from Ohio Arts Council
April 2014. Jesse Ayers has been awarded a 2014 Individual Artist Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. According to the OAC, these highly competitive awards "recognize creativity and imagination that exemplify the highest level of achievement and advancement of the art form for a particular discipline. Less than 10% of applicants receive funding." Ayers won the award for his surround-sound concert story for mezzo-soprano and symphonic winds RAHAB, and his work FLASHBAX, for concert band. Ayers also received this award in 2007.