Jenni Brandon

Composer and Conductor



Contemporary chamber music inspired by adventures in the
natural wonders and urban centers of California.

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5 Frogs



5 Frogs
(Windependence Chamber Ensemble, Master Level (Grade 4)). For Woodwind Ensemble. Boosey & Hawkes (HL.48018979)

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The Dark Hills


The Dark Hills(Yale Glee Club New Classic Choral Series).  For Choral (SATB). Published by Boosey & Hawkes (HL.48019338)

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Earth Grown Old look inside


Earth Grown Old(CME Conductor's Choice).  For Choral (SATB, Piano). Published by Boosey & Hawkes (HL.48019742)

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Make Music Sweet look inside


Make Music Sweet(CME Conductor's Choice). For Choral (SATB, Piano). Conductor's Choice.  Boosey & Hawkes #M051480005.

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A Universal Dream look inside


A Universal Dream. For SSAA choir, piano, Djembe. Published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing (SB.SBMP-1058)

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Vocal Music
Vocal Music PDF Print E-mail
Duration 9:30
10 haiku woven together to tell the story of one woman's journey into love.
Published by Graphite Publishing
Duration 19:00
6 movements about man's best friend with orignal poetry by Bobbi J. Nicotera
Published by Graphite Publishing
Duration 17:00
Native American text telling of the power of the land and the sun.

"Dog Tales" for soprano, flute, clarinet, and piano PDF Print E-mail

Dog Tales -

for soprano, flute, clarinet, & pianoMan's Best Friend

Dog Tales was commissioned by the Cincinnati new music ensemble Conundrum (soprano, flute, clarinet, piano) and was premiered by them in November 2009.  They are all avid dog lovers and wanted a piece that told the stories about their various dogs. 

In setting out to write this work, the members of Conundrum provided me with stories, pictures, and anecdotes about their four-legged friends.  I then passed these wonderful collections onto my poet/writer friend Bobbi Jo Nicotera who then created the amazing text that I set for this piece.  What I think is remarkable about the text is that Bobbi Jo not only captures these dogs in prose, but also creates a text that speaks to a more universal theme of relationships and our interaction with the world around us.  Often sweet and funny, these touching pieces are a testament to the love for man’s best friend and how these relationships truly affect us each day. 

I. We Live to Run
II. Thirteen Ways of Looking at Mona - Part I
III. Dig
IV. Thirteen Ways of Looking at Mona - Part II
V. This is a Good Place
VI. Ode to a Golden Retriever

Dog Tales is now published by Graphite Publishing!


Imperceptible for Soprano and Piano PDF Print E-mail
Imperceptible for Soprano and Piano, poetry translated by Kenneth Rexroth from his book One Hundred Poems of the Japanese

Japanese haiku, poetry, and art have fascinated me ever since I began visiting the Japanese Pavilion of Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art... 


Sun Songs for Soprano, English horn, cello, and piano PDF Print E-mail

Sun Songs for Soprano, English horn, Cello, and Piano

The 3 texts for Sun Songs comes from translated text of the North American Indians. I thought these three texts fit together well in telling a story of honoring the sun and nature for what it does, from bringing beautiful colors to the sky to giving us food and life.  I also brought these texts together honor the Native Americans who were here first and who appreciated the Earth and all it provides for us. This work was commissioned by Definiens on the occasion of their 10th anniversary as a new music ensemble dedicated to presenting new music with special guest soprano Tony Arnold.

Watch the video from the premiere of the work with Tony Arnold-soprano, Ryan Zwahlen-English horn, David Mergen-cello, Jeanette Louise Yaryan-piano.  Highways in Santa Monica - February 2013.

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