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Jessica French is an award-winning composer specializing in choral music, both sacred and secular. Her works have been commissioned and performed by various ensembles including Seattle Pro Musica, Northwest Girlchoir, Seattle Girls Choir, Choral Arts Northwest, and Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble. Most recently, she was commissioned by the American Guild of Organists to compose a work for their 2022 National Conference. Her music has been performed at Benaroya Hall, St. James Cathedral, and St. Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle; at the Oregon Bach Festival, and internationally in Poland, the Czech Republic, and at Gloucester Cathedral.

French has a rare ability called synesthesia, in which various senses are linked to one another, mainly in the form of colors associated with notes, timbres, and words. This ability lends a unique voice to her compositional style, which has been described as having “lyrical, sweeping lines…deeply impassioned…atmospheric…shimmering harmonies.” Her awards include being a finalist for the American Prize in multiple years, the ASCAP Plus Award, and the 2020 AGO/ECS Publishing Award in Choral Composition, to be premiered at the 2022 AGO National Convention. Her compositions are available through The French Press, MusicSpoke, and E.C. Schirmer as part of the Dale Warland Choral Series. In addition, nine of her works have been endorsed by Project : Encore and included in their Catalog of Contemporary Choral Music. She has served as Repertoire and Resources Chair for Composition for Washington State ACDA and on the National AGO Career Development and Support Committee.

As a soprano, French is a section leader at St. James Cathedral and Epiphany Parish in Seattle. She also sings with Choral Arts Northwest, where she was named Composer-in-Residence for the 2021-2022 season. She received her foundational training in music at the Madeleine Choir School in Salt Lake City, Utah. She received a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from Yale University. After moving to the Seattle area in 2011, She refocused her musical efforts toward composition, and has composed and arranged nearly thirty choral works during that period.


Prayer of St. FrancisVoicing: SATB  Accompaniment: Organ  Performance Length: 2:00  Notation: Standard  Text Source: St. Francis of Assisi  Language: English  Seasonal/Liturgical Uses: Memorial Services, Evensong  Descriptive Terms: Praise, Prayer, Worship  First Performance: Oct 04, 2013: Thomas Choir, St. Thomas Church, Medina, Washington Text Setting Source for Scores (P:E 593/1142~2020-Q3)
Love Came Down at ChristmasVoicing: SSAATBB  Solo(s): Soprano  Accompaniment: Unaccompanied  Performance Length: 3:52  Notation: Standard  Text Source: Christina Rossetti  Language: English  Seasonal/Liturgical Uses: Advent, Christmas  Descriptive Terms: Carol, Hope, Love, Peace  First Performance: Dec 09, 2016: Choral Arts Northwest, Robert Bode, St, Joseph Catholic Church, Seattle Text Setting Composer’s Notes Source for Scores (P:E 593/594~2017-Q1)
Strengthen for ServiceVoicing: SATB  Accompaniment: Strings  Performance Length: 4:30  Notation: Standard  Text Source: Syro-Malabar Liturgy  Language: English  Seasonal/Liturgical Uses: Offertory, Communion, Chrism Mass, Ordinations, General Use  Descriptive Terms: Service, Strength, Hope, Renewal  First Performance: March 13, 2022 : The Choir of the Cathedral of the Madeleine, Ryan Tani, Cathedral of the Madeleine - Salt Lake City, Utah Text Setting Composer’s Notes Source for Scores (P:E 593/1622~2022-Q1)
Tantum ErgoVoicing: SATB  Accompaniment: Organ  Performance Length: 3:00  Notation: Standard  Text Source: Medieval Latin Hymn  Language: Latin  Seasonal/Liturgical Uses: Communion, General  Descriptive Terms: Communion, General, Adoration, Sacred  First Performance: September 19, 2021 : Choir of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, David Sinden, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, St. Louis, MO Text Setting Composer’s Notes Source for Scores (P:E 593/1641~2022-Q2)
Ave Maris StellaVoicing: SSSAA  Solo(s): Descant  Accompaniment: Piano  Performance Length: 5:00  Notation: Standard  Text Source: Roman Breviary (8th C.)  Language: Latin  Seasonal/Liturgical Uses: Advent, Christmas, Immaculate Conception  Descriptive Terms: Mary, Mother, Peace, Sea, Star  First Performance: Dec 03, 2016: Northwest Girlchoir, Sara Boos, First Free Methodist Church, Seattle, Washington Text Setting Composer’s Notes Source for Scores (P:E 593/620~2017-Q2)
O Nata LuxVoicing: SSAATTBB  Solo(s): Descant  Accompaniment: Unaccompanied  Performance Length: 7:00  Notation: Standard  Text Source: Hymn for Lauds, Feast of the Transfiguration  Language: Latin  Seasonal/Liturgical Uses: Communion, Lent, Transfiguration  Descriptive Terms: Christ, Hope, Light, Praise, Prayer  First Performance: May 21, 2016: Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble, Loren Pontén, St. Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle Text Setting Composer’s Notes Source for Scores (P:E 593/688~2017-Q3)
Ave Verum CorpusVoicing: SSATBB  Solo(s): Soprano  Accompaniment: Unaccompanied  Performance Length: 5:53  Notation: Standard  Text Source: Latin Hymn  Language: Latin  Seasonal/Liturgical Uses: Lent  Descriptive Terms: Communion, Death, Hope, Mercy  First Performance: Jun 29, 2014: American Creators Chorus, Craig Hella Johnson, Oregon Bach Festival: Venue Beall Hall, Eugene, Oregon Text Setting Source for Scores (P:E 593/714~2017-Q4)
Full Many a Glorious MorningVoicing: SSAA  Accompaniment: Unaccompanied  Performance Length: 5:15  Notation: Standard  Text Source: William Shakespeare  Language: English  Seasonal/Liturgical Uses: Spring  Descriptive Terms: Cloud, Loss, Love, Nature, Sun  First Performance: Mar 11, 2018: Seattle Pro Musica, Karen P. Thomas, Trinity Lutheran Church, Lynwood, WA Text Setting Composer’s Notes Source for Scores (P:E 593/794~2018-Q2)
Refuge and StrengthVoicing: SSA  Accompaniment: Piano  Performance Length: 6:00  Notation: Standard  Text Source: Psalm 46  Language: English  Seasonal/Liturgical Uses: Communion, Memorial Services  Descriptive Terms: Adversity, Comfort, Hope, Psalm, Sacred  First Performance: Jun 16, 2018: Northwest Girlchoir, Sara Boos, Benaroya Hall - Seattle, Washington Text Setting Composer’s Notes Source for Scores (P:E 593/836~2018-Q3)
Eloi, EloiVoicing: SATB  Accompaniment: Unaccompanied  Performance Length: 5:30  Notation: Standard  Text Source: Mark 15  Language: English  Seasonal/Liturgical Uses: Good Friday, Lent, Palm Sunday, Holy Week  Descriptive Terms: Crucifixion, Death, Passion  First Performance: Apr 14, 2019: St. James Cathedral Choir, Joseph Adam, St. James Cathedral - Seattle, Washington Text Setting Composer’s Notes Source for Scores (P:E 593/995~2019-Q3)
We Are HeldVoicing: SATB  Accompaniment: Guitar  Performance Length: 06:18  Notation: Standard  Text Source: Robert Bode  Language: English  Descriptive Terms: Healing, Comfort, Joy, Peace  First Performance: December 11, 2021 : Choral Arts Northwest, Robert Bode, Trinity Episcopal Church - Seattle, Washington Text Setting Composer’s Notes Source for Scores (P:E 593/1606~2021-Q4)
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