Christian James Jesse (b.1994) is a composer who has made it a personal goal to explore new sounds, techniques and genres. With a passion for writing in all mediums, Christian has composed works for various ensembles, musicians, video games and film.
Recently, Christian was awarded with the Student Composer-in-Residence for the SMU-Irving Symphony Orchestra’s Fall 2018-Spring 2019 season. Earlier in 2018, Christian participated in the Choral Arts Initiative Premiere|Project Festival. Christian has also received awards and scholarships such as 1st place in the 2016 Wisconsin Alliance for Composers' Student Composer Competition for the Undergraduate division, the 2017 Spring University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Concerto Competition for Composition, the 2019 SMU Roy and Sue Johnson Award, and the 2016 UWO Edna and Judson Loomis Prize in Music.
Christian is currently pursuing his M.M. in Composition at Southern Methodist University, studying under Dr. Robert Frank and Dr. Kevin Hanlon. Christian received his B.A. in Music Composition at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh under the guidance of Dr. Eric Barnum, Dr. Ed Martin, and Dr. John Mayrose.
Looking towards the future, Christian continues to strive toward his dream of pursuing orchestra, choir, film, animation, and video game music composition.