Jessica Rudman, composer


Jessica Rudman ( is a Connecticut-based composer whose recent works engage with contemporary social themes through realistic or fantastical frames. Described as a “new music ninja” (Hartford Advocate), her style unifies melodic development and narrative structures with extended techniques to create an intense emotional expression. Her pieces often differ in language and approach, with the common thread being expressivity. She believes that the ability to evoke an emotional response in one’s audience is of extreme importance in our current social, economic, and political environment. 

Jessica’s music has been performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble, Arditti Quartet, Riot Ensemble, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, the Omaha Symphony's Chamber Orchestra, the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra, and others. Honors include winning the Riot Ensemble’s Commissioning Competition, the Boston Metro Opera’s Advocacy Award, the NewMusic@ECU Orchestra Composition Competition, and IAWM’s Libby Larsen Prize. Jessica is a 2019 Connecticut Artist Fellow, with support from the Connecticut Office of the Arts, which also receives funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Jessica has taught at The Hartt School, Central Connecticut State University, Eastern Connecticut State University, and Baruch College. She is the Head of Composition and Musicianship at The Hartt School Community Division and the Director of the Hartt Preparatory Academy. She also runs the student workshop for the Women Composers Festival of Hartford. Jessica holds degrees from the CUNY Graduate Center, The Hartt School, and the University of Virginia. Her main teachers include Tania León, Gilda Lyons, Larry Alan Smith, Robert Carl, and Stephen Gryc.