Composer Jacob Denny was born in Olympia, WA and currently resides in Texas. He recently received a BM in Music Composition and a minor in Philosophy from the University of North Texas where he studied composition under Joseph Klein, Panayiotis Kokoras, William Coble, and Joshua Harris. Jacob has written for full orchestra, string orchestra, chamber ensembles, choirs, solo instruments, and fixed media. His works have been read by the Concert Orchestra of the University of North Texas as well as the UNT Concert Choir. Jacob also has experience conducting the UNT Concert Orchestra. He has worked with a number of accomplished musicians on his own pieces and has performed with them as well, such as in the Grand Chorus with the Symphony Orchestra at the University of North Texas. Jacob also has written for films such as The Phoenix in 2015.
Jacob teaches classical piano performance, vocal performance, and music theory. He currently teaches at Alliance Music Academy to people of all ages and skill levels. As a performer, he frequents as a piano accompanist, vocalist, and conductor.
His compositions tend to emphasize form and gestures. He is interested in how form can shape the elocution of a piece; the delivery being almost completely contingent upon the form. Jacob is passionate about space and man’s inevitable emigration into it and it affects his works in many direct and indirect, literal and abstract ways. He is passionate and curious about life in general, and his works are always inspired and influenced by something new. His works, just like him, are constantly being shaped by new ideas and innovative approaches. He aspires to absorb as much information and as many experiences as possible, and he hopes his music will always reflect this sense of growth, variability, and passion.
Besides being a composer, Jacob is also an ardent traveler. He believes that some knowledge cannot be taught and that man must seek some information out for himself. Experiencing other cultures is vital to expanding one’s understanding of the world which directly affects one’s unique artistic voice. Jacob takes this intangible experience just as seriously as learning in a formal institution. After graduating in 2015, Jacob traveled to Japan and Thailand for two months with nothing but his bicycle and his backpack. Besides Japan and Thailand, Jacob has traveled to the Czech Republic, China, and Korea, and he has extensively traveled all over the United States.