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Profession

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

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Brussels, Belgium
Favorite Quote:
Be Encouraged.

Birthplace

Born:
6/22/1955
Birth Location:
Washington, District of Columbia

Profession

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

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Brussels, Belgium
Favorite Quote:
Be Encouraged.

Birthplace

Born:
6/22/1955
Birth Location:
Washington
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Biography

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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  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Jeffrey Mumford describes his maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Jeffrey Mumford reflects upon his family's middle class background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Jeffrey Mumford describes his mother's teaching career in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Jeffrey Mumford lists the elementary and high schools he attended in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Jeffrey Mumford describes growing up in Washington, D.C. in the early 1960s
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Jeffrey Mumford details his parents' social and civic engagements
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Jeffrey Mumford describes his early musical influences
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Jeffrey Mumford remembers his brother's interests in music and baseball and his great-cousin's friendship with Cab Calloway
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Jeffrey Mumford remembers his introduction to classical music as a child in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Jeffrey Mumford remembers his early improvising with musical instruments and multiphonics
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Jeffrey Mumford describes how his father influenced his interest in music
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Jeffrey Mumford talks about the problems of categorizing music
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Jeffrey Mumford remembers his high school music theory class and seeing Cab Calloway perform
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Jeffrey Mumford remembers his English teacher, Mrs. Anne Yondorf, from Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Jeffrey Mumford describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Jeffrey Mumford describes holidays with his family in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Jeffrey Mumford remembers not wanting to attend the University of California at Irvine in Irvine, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Jeffrey Mumford talks about studying music rather than painting at the University of California, Irvine in Irvine, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Jeffrey Mumford describes those who influenced his musical compositions at the University of California, Irvine in Irvine, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Jeffrey Mumford recalls entering graduate school at the University of California, San Diego in San Diego, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Jeffrey Mumford describes a course he teaches on African American classical composers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Jeffrey Mumford reflects upon the experiences of African American composers throughout the centuries
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Jeffrey Mumford talks about the impact of composer William Grant Still
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Jeffrey Mumford describes the vastness of music written or composed by African American artists, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Jeffrey Mumford describes the vastness of music written or composed by African American artists, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Jeffrey Mumford details trailblazing composers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Jeffrey Mumford names influential music historians
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Jeffrey Mumford remembers the impact of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Jeffrey Mumford reflects upon progress made since the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Jeffrey Mumford details his views of President George W. Bush's educational policy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Jeffrey Mumford shares his perspective on the National Endowment for the Arts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Jeffrey Mumford shares his concerns about government censorship of the arts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Jeffrey Mumford talks about his daughter and wife
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Jeffrey Mumford describes his recordings and his recent compositions
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Jeffrey Mumford considers his hopes for society
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Jeffrey Mumford describes his goals for the future
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Jeffrey Mumford reflects upon his legacy