Rudman-editedDescribed as a “new music ninja” by the Hartford Advocate, Jessica Rudman is a Connecticut-based composer, theorist, and teacher.  Her works have been performed by groups such as the International Contemporary Ensemble, the Cadillac Moon EnsembleThe Omaha Symphony’s Chamber Orchestra, the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, and the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra.  She has received awards from SCI/ASCAP, Boston Metro Opera, the College Music Society, the International Alliance for Women in Music, and others.  As a theorist, she has presented at conferences across the United States and abroad on topics ranging from Ancient Greek scales to the music of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich.  As a teacher, she has served on the faculty at Baruch College, Central Connecticut State University, and the Hartt School.  She is currently the Director of the Young Composers Program and the Chair of the Creative Studies Department at the Hartt School Community Division.

Dr. Rudman composes music that unifies extended techniques with clear melodic development and narrative structures to create a unique and personal emotional expression.  She strives to write pieces that provoke an instinctive, visceral response so that even if a listener may not understand everything that is happening in the composition, he or she will still be moved by it.  She believes that the ability to reach one’s audience and make them feel something is of extreme importance in our current social, economic, and political environment.


WCFH Benefit Concert on 10/23

As part of our Fall Fundraising Campaign running from now until Oct. 23, board members from the Women Composers Festival of Hartford, ...
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Hillary LaBonte performs “There Will Come Soft Rains” on 10/9

Soprano Hillary LaBonte will perform my solo vocal work "There Will Come Soft Rains" on Oct. 9 at the Toledo ...
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National Flute Association 2015

Sophia Tegart and Helena Kopchick Spencer will perform Transformations at the National Flute Association Convention in Washington, DC on August 13, ...
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Riot Ensemble Commission

2015-16 is shaping up to include a number of collaborations and premieres that I am extremely excited to start working ...
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Recent Recordings