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Jesse Ayers

Contact Information:
Johnson Center 113 B

Professor of Music


D.M.A., Music Composition, 1995, University of Kentucky
M.M., Music Composition, 1980, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
B.M., Music Composition, 1974, University of Tennessee-Knoxville


1997-present, Professor of Music, Malone University
1997-1999, Chair, Department of Fine Arts, Malone College
1995-1997, Chair, Department of Music, Knoxville College
1982-1997, Associate Professor, Department of Music, Knoxville College

Recent Scholarly Work

Mountain River Escapades for chamber orchestra
The Passion of John Brown for orchestra and narrator
Jericho for surround-sound wind orchestra and narrator
Rahab for mezzo-soprano and surround sound wind orchestra  

Teaching Assignments

MUS 121 Music Theory Fundamentals
MUS 155-156-265 Music Theory I-II-III
MUS 165-166-265 Aural Skills I-II-III
MUS 356 Form and Analysis
MUS 358 Orchestration

JESSE AYERS' (b. Knoxville, TN 1951) music has been performed in Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, Russia, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, and over 100 U.S. cities, and has twice been selected by the International Society for Contemporary Music to represent the United States at the prestigious World Music Days festival.  He began composing around age 14, and while still in high school conducted one of his own works with the University of Tennessee Symphonic Band.  He earned the bachelor's (cum laude) and master's degrees from the University of Tennessee and the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Kentucky.  Since 1997, he has taught at Malone University in Canton, Ohio, where he has received the school's Distinguished Faculty Award.  His other awards include a MacDowell Fellowship, the 2007 Individual Creativity Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council, sixteen awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, and grants from Meet The Composer and the American Music Center.  He has been a guest composer on university campuses in California, Illinois, Indiana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Virginia, Florida, Ohio, and Tennessee.