NEWS & AWARDS
Jesse Ayers receives Distinguished Faculty Award
April 2014. Jesse Ayers has received the 2014 Distinguished Faculty Award for Scholarship/Creative Expression from Malone University. According to the university, this award is presented to "a faculty member whose research, inquiry, or creative activity has made a significant contribution in his/her academic discipline." Over the past 12 months, approximately 5,000 people across the United States have attended performances of Ayers' works. This is Ayers' second time to receive this award. Ayers has taught at Malone since 1997.
Jesse Ayers named "Honored Artist of the American Prize"
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.”
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Ayers' Jericho to be performed at national composers conference
Ayers double finalist for the 2014 American Prize for Composition
WindWorks of Washington to perform 2 Ayers' works
WindWorks of Washington, a new D.C. based professional wind symphony, has announced that it will perform two works by Jesse Ayers on its inaugural concert June 1. The chosen works are FLASHBAX and PRIVATE EYE PROWL. FLASHBAX was commissioned by the Ohio Private College Instrumental Conductors Association, and PRIVATE EYE PROWL was commissioned by the Indiana Bandmasters Association. Click here for more information.
Ayers receives Artistic Excellence award from Ohio Arts Council
Ayers "Waldstein" selected for Otterbein's Humor In Music festival
Jesse Ayers' Waldstein Express for 2 pianos/8 hands has been selected for performance in Otterbein University's HUMOR IN MUSIC - HUMOROUS MUSIC FOR SERIOUS TIMES Festival. The work will be presented on Monday, March 31, 2014, at 8:00 p.m., in the Riley Auditorium of the Battelle Fine Arts Center. Admission is free.
Ayers commissioned by Indiana Bandmasters Association
Ayers double finalist for the 2013 American Prize for Composition
Ayers' Rahab wins Boston Metro Opera award
February 2013. The Boston Metro Opera has announced that RAHAB by composer/librettist Jesse Ayers has won the BMO's Concert Award. Rahab is a one-woman, surround-sound concert story for mezzo soprano and symphonic winds or orchestra. It tells the Old Testament story of Rahab, a woman of ancient Jericho, who along with her relatives, were the only survivors of the famed battle of Jericho.
Ayers commissioned by national Lutheran honors band
Yakima (WA) Symphony performs Ayers' Jericho
Windiana Concert Band presents Ayers "Biblical Epics Trilogy"
Ayers wins 2011 American Prize for Orchestral Composition
Lamont Symphony to perform Ayers Jericho
Ayers work co-wins Dayton Ballet's "New Music for New Dance"
Brantford Symphony (Ontario) performs Fanfare for Christmas
Composer Jesse Ayers awarded MacDowell fellowship
Wisconsin Lutheran Concert Band performs Jericho in 4 states
Akron Symphony premieres Ayers' The Passion of John Brown
Concordia Wind Orchestra performs Ayers' Mount Carmel on tour
Ayers' Waldstein Express performed at European competition
May 14, 2009. Jesse Ayers' WALDSTEIN EXPRESS for 2-pianos 8-hands was performed on the opening concert of the Slobomir International Music Competition in Bijeljina, Repubic of Srpska. The work was performed by students of Professor Dubravka Jovicic, Ph.D., Dean of the Faculty, Belgrade, Serbia.
The work is based on the opening two measures of Beethoven's Sonata No. 21 in C major "Waldstein" and also briefly quotes Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, Bach's Prelude in C major from the WTC, with cameo appearances by Gershwin and Jerry Lee Lewis.
Ayers' Waldstein Express performed at national composers conference
Ayers' Dance of the Mountain Raindrops televised on European TV
November 2-3, 2008. For the second time this year, Jesse Ayers' DANCE OF THE MOUNTAIN RAINDROPS for piano and string orchestra has aired on Serbia's national television-radio network, RTS. On Sunday night, a portion of the work was televised as part of an RTS retrospective celebrating the highlights of its past 50 years of broadcasting. The entire work was broadcast again on Monday night on RTS radio. RTS broadcast the same work in full on television and radio in March.
The performance featured concert pianist Dubravka Jovicic of Belgrade, Serbia, and the RTS Symphony Orchestra. Jovicic and the orchestra recorded Ayers' work in 1992 when it was selected for a the inaugural broadcast of a then-new RTS-TV series World Premiere, a weekly program dedicated to premiering new concert works by living composers.
Ayers' Dancing King on tour
Ayers receives Ohio Arts Council Excellence Award
March 2007. Composer Jesse Ayers has been awarded a 2007 Individual Creativity Excellence Award by the Ohio Arts Council. According to the Council, the cash awards are "peer recognition of [Ohio's] creative artists for the exceptional merit of a body of work that advances or exemplifies the discipline and the larger artistic community."
Artists' work was evaluated through an anonymous peer review process by an panel of out-of-state experts. The Council says that the highly competitive awards are only made to 8%-10% of applicants.
Of the forty or so applications received in the field of music composition, only three awards were made. According to observers at the adjudication deliberations, which are open to the public, Ayers' music was the only music composition application to receive the maximum possible score from all judges on the music panel.
Concordia Wind Symphony performs Ayers' Jericho on tour
Ayers' Fire of the Living God performed at national conference
Composer Jesse Ayers selected for 2004 Essentially Choral Reading Session
Ayers' Fire selected to represent USA at 2003 World Music Days