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Composer. Blogger. Professor Person. Probably best known for her composer FAIL blog “Why Compose When You Can Blog?” where she posts her rejection letters online, Jennifer Jolley actually does write choral, orchestral, wind ensemble, chamber, and electronic works. She has been commissioned by ensembles and institutions across the United States and currently teaches at Ohio Wesleyan University.

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Composer Jennifer Jolley discusses how she dealt with a lack of confidence, not believing in her music, and why she self-publishes.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Lacking original ideas
  • Valuing your musical opinion
  • Nurturing confidence
  • Choosing concert music
  • Getting performances
  • Affirmation techniques to build confidence
  • Using the Superman stance
  • Bring a friend
  • Making tweaks
  • Composition competitions
  • Website content
  • Staying top of mind
  • ADJ*ective New Music
  • Self-publishing vs. traditional publishing


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