Jess Langston Turner

About Jess Turner

Jess Langston Turner composes contemporary instrumental and choral music. He began his musical training with piano and trumpet lessons and in high school developed an interest in composition. He earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in trumpet performance from Bob Jones University in 2006 and 2008. From 2008-2011 he attended the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, CT, where he earned a master’s degree in composition and was named a Regent’s Scholar. In May 2015 he completed a DMA in music composition at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

Throughout his undergrad and graduate years, Turner completed a variety of composition projects, several of which have been recognized for national awards, including first place in the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Composition Award, finalist in the ASCAP Lotte Lehmann Art Song Composition Competition, winner of the John Ness Beck Award for Choral Composition, finalist for the Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, winner of the 2011 Walter Beeler Memorial Prize, and most recently winner of the Merrill Jones Composition Contest for Young Bands. In 2010, he was invited to participate in the National Band Association’s Young Composer Mentor Project. In recent years he has served as visiting composer for numbers of schools and universities such as the University of Georgia, the Hartt School, Stephen F. Austin University, The University of Wisconsin - Lacrosse, among others.

Turner’s teachers have included Dwight Gustafson, Dan Forrest, Kenneth Steen, Robert Carl, Don Freund, Sven David Sandstrom, Aaron Travers, and P. Q. Phan. In addition, he has participated in master classes with prominent American composers Dan Welcher and Nancy Galbraith, as well as Pulitzer Prize-winning composers Michael Colgrass, Jennifer Higdon, William Bolcom, and Joseph Schwantner. His music has been commissioned by the Hudson Valley Chamber Winds, the International School of Luxembourg, the Bob Jones University Symphonic Wind Band, the Hartt School Wind Ensemble, the University of Georgia Wind Ensemble, and the University of New Mexico, among others, and his compositions have been performed by a variety of other groups as well, including the Rivertree Singers of South Carolina, the Yale Concert Band, the University of North Texas Wind Ensemble, the Ithaca College Wind Ensemble, the Concordia (IL) Wind Ensemble, the West Point Band, the Coast Guard Band, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Washington, Texas A & M, the Cincinnati Wind Symphony, the U.S. Marine Band, and the U.S. Navy Band. His music has been published by Hinshaw, Carl Fischer, and HAFABRA. He also has sacred music published by Pinner Publications and Jantz Music.

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