Jessica Rudman’s music inspires empathy for contemporary social issues through stories of myth, magic, and the modern world. Described as a “new music ninja” by the Hartford Advocate, she blends lyrical melodies and dramatic narrative structures with sensual harmony and vibrant color to draw listeners into the world she has created. Her works for the concert hall, dance, and film often differ in musical language with the common thread always being expressiveness. 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.

Rudman’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. Rudman was a 2019 Connecticut Artist Fellow and a 2019-21 Fellow in the American Opera Project’s Composers & the Voice program.

Rudman is an Assistant Professor of Composition and Theory at the University of Utah. She has previously taught at The Hartt School, Central Connecticut State University, Eastern Connecticut State University, and Baruch College. Rudman 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.

Of EqualityVoicing: S-SA-SA  Accompaniment: Piano, Flute, Cello  Performance Length: 3:43  Notation: Standard  Text Source: Jessica Rudman, Walt Whitman  Language: English  Descriptive Terms: Caring, Equality, Humanity, Morality, Social Justice  First Performance: May 22, 2016: Connecticut Children’s Choir, Vanessa Bond, St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Hartford, CT Text Setting Composer’s Notes Source for Scores (P:E 647/648~2017-Q2)
A Curious Incident with the QueenVoicing: SATB  Accompaniment: Piano, Cello, Clarinet, Trumpet  Performance Length: 10:00  Notation: Standard  Text Source: Edith Nesbit: "The Story of the Amulet"  Language: English  Descriptive Terms: Children, Fantasy, Poverty, Social Justice, Voting  First Performance: Mar 11, 2017: The Astoria Choir, Adam Eggleston, Trinity Lutheran Church, New York, NY Text Setting Composer’s Notes Source for Scores (P:E 647/667~2017-Q3)
A Forest That Is a DesertVoicing: SATB  Accompaniment: Unaccompanied  Performance Length: 12:00  Alternative Notation: graphics, modular notation  Text Source: Kendra Preston Leonard  Language: English  Descriptive Terms: Loss, Caregiving, Dementia, Memory  First Performance: June 14, 2019 : Choral Arts Initiative, Brandon Elliott, Newport Beach, CA Text Setting Source for Scores (P:E 647/1634~2022-Q2)
The Beauty You Have BegottenVoicing: SATB  Solo(s): Soprano, Alto, Tenor  Accompaniment: Soprano Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone  Performance Length: 20:00  Notation: Standard  Text Source: Amy Lowell, Carl Sandburg, F. S. Flint, Georgia Douglas Johnson, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Mark Twain  Language: English  Descriptive Terms: Death, Grief, Life, Love, Resilience  First Performance: Jun 08, 2019: Greater New Haven Community Chorus, Noah Glynn, Battell Chapel, New Haven, CT Text Setting Composer’s Notes Source for Scores (P:E 647/980~2019-Q3)