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Jeffrey Mumford

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  • January 12, 2005


  • Category: MusicMakers
  • Occupation(s): Music Instructor
    Music Composer


  • Born: June 22, 1955
  • Birth Location: Washington, District of Columbia


  • Favorite Color: Blue
  • Favorite Food: Fried Chicken
  • Favorite Time of Year: Spring, Summer
  • Favorite Vacation Spot: Brussels, Belgium

Favorite Quote

"Be Encouraged."
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Jeffrey Mumford served as instructor in music at the Washington Conservatory of Music, artist in residence at Bowling Green State University, and assistant professor of composition at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. A native of Washington, D.C., he earned his B.A. degree at the University of California, Irvine, and his M.A. degree from the University of California, San Diego. Mumford has composed solo works for voice, piano, and other instruments, as well as works for chamber ensemble, chorus and orchestra. His recordings include The Focus of Blue Light, and Dark Fires.

Mumford has received commissions from the Nancy Ruyle Dodge Charitable Trust; Sonia and Louis Rothschild; Theater Chamber Players; Meet the Composer/Art Endowment Commissioning; Music/USA; the National Symphony Orchestra; Walter W. Naumburg Foundation; Amphion Foundation; New York Music Ensemble; McFim Fund of the Library of Congress; and violinist Wendy Richman. Mumford's works have been performed by the National Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the American Composers’ Orchestra, among others.

Mumford's honors, awards, and grants include the Guggenheim Foundation; the American Music Center; an ASCAP Foundation grant; ASCAP Standard Panel Awards; the ASCAP Aaron Copland Scholarship Award; and seven Meet the Composer grants.

Mumford and his wife have one daughter.

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