Described 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 Ensemble, The 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 Composition/Musicianship/Theory Department of 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.