Jennifer Jolley

Assistant Professor of Music


B.M., University of Southern California Thornton School of Music
M.M., D.M.A., University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music


Urban environments, modes of transit, and nostalgia influence Jennifer Jolley’s compositions and sound installations. She is the co-founder of North American New Opera Workshop (NANOWorks Opera), a chamber opera company devoted to developing and staging short contemporary operas by emerging North American composers, and also authors Why Compose When You Can Blog?, a web log about contemporary composing.

Her work has been commissioned and performed by various soloists and ensembles throughout the United States and Europe, and her articles about composing have been featured on NewMusicBox, an e-zine launched by the American Music Center. This fall, Jennifer will have a Pussy Riot-inspired song cycle premiered by the Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble and an orchestra piece premiered by the Vermont Symphony Orchestra as part of their Made in Vermont Music Festival.

Originally from Los Angeles, Jennifer is an Assistant Professor of Music (Composition and Theory) at Ohio Wesleyan University. She earned both her D.M.A. and M.M. at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music and her B.M. at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. She teaches music composition, theory, orchestration, and electronic music at OWU, and she has joined the Interlochen Arts Camp music faculty this summer.

Areas of Interest / Expertise

Music composition, music theory, electronic music

OWU Faculty Speakers Bureau Topics

Creating & Composing Music
Electronic/Computer Music
Sound Art
Studying Music

Social Media

Personal webpage

Contact Info


Sanborn Hall 012
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3717