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Jessica T. Carter

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"[Jessica's] work realizes register experimentation, lots of harmonic tension, exciting melodic creativity, powerful uses of tutti unison and more.  To me, Jessica's work is full of interest and originality.”

Alastair Willis, Conductor, South Bend Symphony Orchestra

"Jessica's wonderful piece Forgotten Royalty, is intense, thoughtful, and wrenchingly poignant! Through music, the piece tells a story that's both specific and universal, both historic and immensely relevant today. This emotional landscape is finely crafted with an attention to detail, and is greatly appreciated by performers and listeners alike. Jessica was unfailingly professional throughout the entire commissioning process. I enthusiastically recommend her emerging and important artistic voice to everyone."

Tom Clowes, Executive Director, Crossing Borders Music 

"With one glance at the score of her Cello Concerto, Rancor and Triumph, it was clear to me that Jessica has an intuitive command of the properties and powers of the symphony orchestra. Jessica's sense of color, voicing, gesture, dramatic structure, and individual style are imbued with a universal appeal, beckoning both musicians and listeners into a sound world that becomes their own.  Jessica's music flies off the page with clarity and conviction."

Robert Boardman, South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestra 

"Ashes to Poinsettas was a wonderful piece; evocative, nicely written for the instruments and structured in a way that was both original and intuitive.  It was a joy to conduct and to play, and the response from the musicians and audience tell us that it is work that should be given many more performances"

Warren Cohen, Conductor, MusicaNova Orchestra 

“JT Carter’s music is at once heartfelt and thoughtfully written, expressive and emotionally provocative, and sophisticated and elegant. It is all these things because she is first and foremost an artist with something meaningful to say, and the world will be listening for a long time to come.”

David Ludwig, Composer 

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Carter is a named Semi-Finalist in New Music USA Call-for-Scores at Ravinia Music Festival

July 21-23, 2023

New Music USA has partnered with Chicago’s Ravinia Music Festival to as a part of the 2023 Breaking Barriers Festival emphasis on Women Composers. After hosting a call for scores earlier this year, New Music USA announced three finalists and two semi-finalists of the Chicago-area whose music was the focus this year’s festival.

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