JESS LANGSTON TURNER (b 1983 )
Jess Langston Turner composes contemporary instrumental and choral music. He holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in trumpet performance from Bob Jones University, a Master’s degree in composition from The Hartt School at the University of Hartford, and a Doctorate in composition from Indiana University Bloomington.
Turner has been the recipient of several national US awards, his accolades including First Prize at the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Composition Award, placing as finalist in the ASCAP Lotte Lehmann Art Song Competition for Young Composers and the Morton Gould Young Composer Awards (twice), and winning the John Ness Beck Award for Choral Composition, the 2011 Walter Beeler Memorial Prize, and the Merrill Jones Composition Contest for Young Bands. In recent years he has also served as composer in residence for many universities and high schools around the country.
Turner’s teachers have included Dwight Gustafson, Kenneth Steen, Robert Carl, Don Freund, Sven-David Sandström, Aaron Travers, and P.Q. Phan. In addition, he has participated in masterclasses with prominent American composers Dan Welcher, Nancy Galbraith, Michael Colgrass, Jennifer Higdon, William Bolcom and Joseph Schwantner. Turner is frequently commissioned by many ensembles, ranging from middle school to professional, and his compositions have been performed by a variety of groups, including the Rivertree Singers of South Carolina, the West Point Band, the U.S. Coast Guard Band, the United States Marine Band, and the United States Navy Band, as well as numerous prominent college and high school wind band programmes around the US and the world.