Described as “inspiring, accessible, and distinctly her own,” Jaclyn Breeze (b. 1999) is an American composer crafting music that bridges the gap between modern composition and classical jazz harmony. Her concert works and art songs have been commissioned and performed by groups in North America, Europe, and Asia.
Most recently, Jaclyn’s compositions have been featured at Songfest (2023), Vision of Sound (2023), Brass USA (2022), New Music Chicago (2022), Cazenovia Counterpoint (2022), on Classic FM (2022), and at the East Chamber Music Emerging Composers Festival (2022). She has received commissions from groups including the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (2019). She received her M.M. in Composition from Syracuse University. Her main teachers have been Dr. Nicolas Scherzinger and Seth Wright.
Jaclyn is an active performer, participating in both large and small ensembles, as well as solo playing. Most recently, she organized an elective flute recital at Syracuse University where she premiered seven pieces written within the last year (2023). She received her B.S. in Flute Performance from Roberts Wesleyan University. Her main teachers have been Dana DiGennaro and Diane Smith.
Jaclyn also worked as a theory TA at Syracuse University, where she earned her Certificate of University Teaching, and serves on the board of the Society for New Music in Central New York. Her upcoming projects include commissions for solo soprano, saxophone, flute, and piano, as well as teaching flute and composition summer workshops!