Jess Hendricks (1972) is a composer of elctroacoustic and acoustic music, theorist, and educator based in New England. His compositions have been described as “exhilarating” and “fun to play.” Along with composition, he is an avid performer on t he electric bass, which he composes music for as well. He recently completed a one year Emergency position as Assistant Professor of music at Central Connecticut State University where he taught Music Theory and Technology courses and manages the computer lab.
Dr. Hendricks studied composition with several esteemed composers including Dr. Charles W. Smith at Western Kentucky University and Dr. Ken Jacobs at the University of Tennessee. He received his Doctorate in Music Composition at the University of Miami while studying with Dr. Dennis Kam, Dr. Lansing McLoskey, and Dr. Ferdinando DeSena. While he was in Coral Gables, Dr. Hendricks rediscovered his love for electroacoustic and electronic music and began composing pieces for various media and performers. He also actively composed music for the new music ensemble conducted by Dr. Kam, the “Other Music Ensemble,” that received several performances during his time there. The highlight of these performances was the premiere of Three Perspectives for Chamber Ensemble in 2009 that was conducted by the composer.
In 2010 Jess Hendricks completed a commission for a new work for bassoon that was premiered by his lifelong friend, Dr. Jefferson Campbell that was funded by the McKnight Foundation’s Imagine Grant. The resulting composition, Concertino for Bassoon and Electronic Playback was consequently performed in Miami, San Francisco, Duluth, and Winston-Salem. In addition it was later presented as part of Dr. Campbell’s “21st Century Bassoon: New Music That’s Fun To Play” concert that took place at Symphony Space in New York City in January of 2012. Dr. Hendricks just completed work on his latest commission, Orpheus, for bassoon, piano, marimba, electronics, and video.
When Jess Hendricks is not teaching, he is working on music for performance by himself and his wife, Christa Muller Hendricks, who plays the violin.