The Academy of International Ballet in Media has announced the appointment of Jennifer Nicole Campbell as Composer in Residence.
“This amazing opportunity makes our ballet academy the first in the region and one of the very few in the nation to have a professional classical composer in residence,” said AIB artistic directors Anastasia Babayeva and Denis Gronostayskiy.
In addition to her M.M. and B.M. degrees from Peabody Conservatory, a division of The Johns Hopkins University, Campbell brings a wealth of composing and performance experience to her residency.
She has performed at notable halls – including Lincoln Center, the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, the Grand Opera House in Delaware, and the Musikhauset Aarhus in Denmark – and her compositions have aired on Philadelphia’s WRTI and New York’s WQXR.
“I am delighted to have the opportunity to collaborate with the Academy of International Ballet over the 2017-2018 season,” said Campbell. “I know Denis and Anastasia will bring to my compositions their unique insights from their many years of professional performances on international stages and their choreographic experiences.
“During many preparatory visits to their academy, I have observed their dancers demonstrate an exceptional level of passion, technique, and commitment toward exploring new music, which is quite inspirational to me as a composer. To merge art forms takes an enormous amount of trust and generosity, and I see these necessary qualities at AIB.”
This unique appointment marks a unique and collaborative relationship between the creative worlds of classical ballet and classical music. It will mark the next significant step in the evolution of the AIB because it will lead to more opportunities for regional communities to experience the unique artistic fusion of these two art forms.
Below is a video of Jennifer Nicole Campbell’s new composition, entitled Butterfly Whispers, performed at Neumann University’s Meagher Theatre.