Jennifer Higdon: Carefully Composed

Contemporary composer Jennifer Higdon makes classical music, but still loves Beyoncé.

Exercise Suggestion

After watching “Jennifer Higdon: Carefully Composed,” choose an existing song that speaks to one scene from your own life. Now remember another moment in time—a chance encounter with a stranger, a last goodbye to a loved one, a moment of failure, an instant of success—and write a lyric (or a melody) that brings that moment forward.


About Jennifer Higdon

Jennifer Higdon is a major figure in contemporary Classical music, receiving the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her Violin Concerto and a 2010 Grammy for her Percussion Concerto. Higdon enjoys several hundred performances a year of her works, and blue cathedral is one of America's most performed contemporary orchestral works, with more than 600 performances worldwide since its premiere in 2000. Her works have been recorded on over four dozen CDs. One of Higdon’s most current projects is an opera based on the best-selling novel, Cold Mountain, by Charles Frazier. It was co-commissioned by Santa Fe Opera, Opera Philadelphia, and Minnesota Opera in collaboration with North Carolina Opera. Higdon recently won the International Opera Award for Best World Premiere. Higdon holds the Rock Chair in Composition at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Her music is published exclusively by Lawdon Press.

(from artist's website)