Ohio Wesleyan Professor to Participate in ‘Iron Composer’ (UPDATE)

Jennifer Jolley among Five Competitors in Sept. 6 Musical Match
'Iron Composer' contestant Jennifer Jolley

‘Iron Composer’ contestant Jennifer Jolley

UPDATE: Jolley earned fourth-place honors and $250 in the competition. She also earned the Audience Favorite Award. Hear her composition, “Foot Tapping Song,” which required her to incorporate the “secret ingredient” of stomping. Congratulations, Jennifer!

DELAWARE, Ohio — Ohio Wesleyan University assistant professor of music Jennifer Jolley will participate Sept. 6 in an “Iron Composer” competition in Northeast Ohio.

Additional participants include musicians coming from as far away as Turkey and Poland.

“In the spirit of the Food Network’s Iron Chefs, composers will vie to write and orchestrate music under deadline,” reports Grant Segall of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

“Maybe they should call this showdown Iron Clefs,” Segall writes.

Jolley and her competitors will have five hours to create and score music. The results will be played at 8 p.m. in a free public concert at Baldwin Wallace University and on radio station WCLV-FM 104.9.

Jolley joined the OWU faculty in 2012. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She also is the co-founder of the North American New Opera Workshop (NANOWorks), a chamber opera company devoted to developing and staging short contemporary operas by emerging North American composers.

Read Segall’s complete article, “Iron Composers clash in upcoming musical duel.” Read more about Jolley and the OWU Department of Music at http://music.owu.edu.


Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier small, private universities. Ohio Wesleyan offers more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. OWU combines an internationally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that connect classroom theory with real-world practice. Located in Delaware, Ohio, OWU’s 1,850 students represent 41 states and 45 countries. The university is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” listed on the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, and included on the “best colleges” lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Learn more at www.owu.edu

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