Composer, conductor, and mandolinist Jesse Jones is an American artist of wide-ranging tastes and influences. His music has been performed extensively across North America, Europe, and Asia.

Jones is an alumnus of both the Tanglewood Music Center and the Aspen Music Festival and School, and has received the Heckscher Foundation Prize in Composition from Ithaca College and the Sage Fellowship from Cornell University. He has participated in the Underwood New Music Readings of the American Composers Orchestra, received fellowships and honors from the University of Oregon, and awards from ASCAP. His choral music is published internationally by Earthsongs.

Jones’ orchestral works have been presented by the American Composers Orchestra, the Spokane Symphony, the Cornell Symphony and Chamber Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, the Oregon Composers Orchestra, the New Frontiers Chamber Orchestra, the Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra, and others. Other compositions by Jones have been programmed by the Juilliard String Quartet, the Scharoun Ensemble Berlin, the Italina ensemble After Ego, Camerata Notturna, the Argento Chamber Ensemble, the Momenta and iO String Quartets, the New Fromm Players, the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, the Israeli Chamber Project, Ossia, So Percussion, FIREWORKS, and ECCE.

Jones is an assistant professor of composition at Oberlin Conservatory. He holds a DMA in music composition from Cornell University.


An assistant professor of composition at Oberlin Conservatory, composer Elizabeth Ogonek strives to create music that is energetic, dramatic, vivid, and colorful. Often inspired by text, her work explores the transference of words and poetic imagery to music. The nature of her interests has led to several collaborations with emerging writers including Sophia Veltfort, Ghazal Mosadeq, and Jonathan Dubow.

Collaborative projects include her Three Pieces for guitar and narrator, which received its premiere at the Barbican Centre’s Milton Court Theatre in April 2014; Three Biographies, a song cycle for countertenor and cello, which was premiered at Wigmore Hall in May 2014; and a 10-minute adaptation of Dubow’s full-length play The Mysteries of Jacob, for narrator and clarinet, which was premiered by members of explorensemble and soprano Sophie Wingland at the Royal College of Music in January 2014. Ogonek has also worked extensively with Indian poet Ralph Nazareth to set both his work and the work of his poetry students at Green Haven Correctional Facility.

Ogonek holds degrees from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, and the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. In 2015, she completed doctoral studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She also is a Mead composer in residence with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.