Born in Washington, D.C. on June 22, 1955, composer Jeffrey Mumford has received numerous fellowships, grants, awards and commissions.
            Awards include the "Academy Award in Music" from the American Academy of Arts  & Letters, a Fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, a Fellowship to the Composers' Conference, Johnson, Vermont  and an ASCAP Aaron Copland Scholarship.  He was also the winner of the inaugural National Black Arts Festival/Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Composition Competition.
            Other grants have been awarded by the Ohio Arts Council, Oberlin College, the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities  (funded through the NEA), the Minnesota Composers' Forum, the American Music Center, the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, Meet the Composer, the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund for Music Inc. , the ASCAP Foundation, and the University of California.
    Mumford's most notable commissions include those from the Sphinx Consortium, the Cincinnati Symphony, the National Gallery of Art/Contemporary Music Forum VERGE Ensemble, the Argento Chamber Ensemble, Ole Bohn, the Haydn Trio Eisenstadt (Vienna), the Network for New Music, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, a consortium of presenters consisting of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts  at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Chamber Music Columbus (OH.) and Omus Hirshbein (New York) (for the Pacifica Quartet and pianist Amy Briggs), Cleveland radio station WCLV, violist Wendy Richman, the Nancy Ruyle Dodge Charitable Trust (for the Corigliano Quartet), a consortium of presenters consisting of the Phillips Collection (Washington, D.C.), Miller Theatre (New York) and theSchubert Club (St. Paul, MN.) (for pianist Margaret Kampmeier), the Contemporary Music Forum of Washington, D.C. andPhilip BerlinSonia and Louis Rothschild  (for the Opus 3 Trio)the Theatre Chamber Players, the Meet the Composer/Arts Endowment Commissioning  Music/USA program (for the CORE Ensemble), the National Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati radio station WGUC, 'cellist Joshua Gordon, the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation , the Fromm Music Foundation, the Amphion Foundation (for the Da Capo Chamber Players), the New York New Music Ensemble, the McKim Fund in the Library of Congress, the Aspen Wind Quintet,  and 'cellist Fred Sherry.
            Mumford's works have been extensively performed both in the United States and abroad, including Paris’ Theatre Dunois, Miller Theatre, the Library of Congress, the Aspen Music Festival, the Bang On A Can Festival, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival,  San Migel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico, London's Purcell Room, Finland's prestigious Helsinki Festival, the Musica nel Nostro Tempo Festival, in Milan and the Musikverein in Vienna. His works have been performed by such major orchestras as the Cincinnati Symphony,  the Cleveland Orchestra, the National, Detroit and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras, theMinnesota Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the American Composers' Orchestra. His chamber works have been performed by major ensembles such as the Linden, Formosa, Pacifica, Corigliano,  Avalon, Maia and Borromeo  Quartets, the Mann Duo, the CORE Ensemble, the Empyrean Ensemble, the Network for New MusicImani Winds, theAmelia Piano Trio, the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Ensemble Voices of Change, the New Music Consort, theNew York New Music Ensemble, the Aspen Wind Quintet, the Group for Contemporary Music, and the Da Capo Chamber Players. Among the prominent soloists who have performed his music have been violinists Rachel Barton Pine, Kurt Nikkanen,Lina Bahn, Miranda Cuckson, Ole BohnKelly Hall-Tompkins and James Dickenson, 'cellists  Julia Bruskin, Darrett Adkins,Frances-Marie Uitti,  Joshua Gordon, Tanya Ell, Tahirah Whittington and Fred Sherry, violists Misha Amory, Wendy Richman, and Eliesha Nelson and pianists Winston Choi, Lura Johnson,  Jenny Lin, Tuyen Tonnu, Shannon Wettstein, Amy Briggs,  Eliza GarthMargaret Kampmeier and Sarah Cahill.  Mumford is also a composer-member of the Washington, D.C. based VERGE Ensemble, which has performed his music many times.
    Recent and forthcoming performances include the premiere performances of a dance into reflected daylight by a consortium of American orchestras coordinated by the Sphinx Organization which commissioned it, eight aspects of appreciation II by violinist Miranda Cuckson and ‘cellist Julia Bruskin, and the orchestrated version of tango-variations by members of the National Gallery New Music Ensemble, Other performances include toward the deepening stillness beyond visible light by pianist Winston Choi and the Avalon Quartet two rhapsodies for ‘cello & strings by Julia Bruskin and members of the National Gallery Orchestra and later by the Blue Ash Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, a landscape of interior resonances by Winston Choi, in soft echoes . . .  a world awaits (string trio), by members of the National Gallery New Music Ensemble, the promise of the far horizon by the Linden Quartet at Yale University, verdant and shimmering air: four views of a reflected forest by the Blue Ash Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, undiluted days (piano trio) by the  VERGE Ensemble in Paris, a landscape of interior resonances (solo piano) by Jenny Lin,  through a stillness brightening by violinist Miranda Cuckson and the Argento Chamber Ensemble in New York, the promise of the far horizon by the Artis Quartett in Vienna, a garden of flourishing paths andbillowing pockets brightly layered by ‘cellist Darrett Adkins and the Cleveland Chamber Symphony. In addition, the CORE ensemble will also give several performances nationwide of a window of resonant light (‘cello, piano, percussion) as part of their touring program entitled “Of Ebony Embers”.
            Mumford’s music has also been presented as part of Miller Theatre’s “Composer Portraits” series in New York City.
            Current projects include eight aspects of appreciation II (a duo for violin & ‘cello for Miranda Cuckson & Julia Bruskin), a new work for piano and nine instruments for Winston Choi and the Fulcrum Point New Music Project, and concerti for violin & ‘cello (for Miranda Cuckson and Sophie Shao) and violin solo (for Miranda Cuckson), and a chamber concerto for oboe and ensemble (for Jacqueline Leclair), a new work for harp & percussion for the Icelandic ensemble Duo Harpverk, the ongoing set of  rhapsodies for ‘cello & strings, a consortium commission for a set of piano pieces entitled of ringing and layered space for pianists Amy Briggs, Lura Johnson, Jenny Lin, Tuyen Tonnu, and Shannon Wettstein, Recent CDs featuring Mumford's works include. the promise of the far horizon, containing five recent chamber works was issued on the Albany Records label (TROY 698) and "Telling Tales" (on Capstone Records and sponsored by the Cleveland Composers Guild) which includes pianist Tuyen Tonnu's performance of barbaglio dal manca.
            His a focused expanse of evolving experience (2003) (fl., vln., vla., vlc., piano) was selected for inclusion and performed as part of  the 2005 NEO Show at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
            Mumford was selected for a residency with the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra as part of the Meet-the Composer/American Symphony Orchestra League “Music Alive” program.
In February 2013, he was in residence at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. As part of this residency, the gallery presented three concerts featuring his music. In addition, he presented lectures at three area universities and his alma mater, the Sidwell Friends School.
Other residencies include the Alba (Italy) Music Festival (2008) and The Chamber Music Conference and Composers Forum of the East (Bennington, VT) that same year and where he will return in 2013. As well, his program notes (commissioned by the Boston Symphony and Tanglewood) for three works of Elliott Carter were published as part of a celebration of Mr. Carter’s music.
Mumford has taught at the Washington Conservatory of Music, served as Artist-in-Residence at Bowling Green State University, and served as assistant professor of composition and Composer-in-Residence at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. He is currently Distinguished Professor at Lorain County Community College in Northern Ohio.

Mr. Mumford is published by Theodore Presser Co. and Quicklight Music and is represented by Carlson & Carlson Arts Contractors.

What the critics say:

 “ . . . a philosophy of music making that embraced both raw passion and a gentle imagistic poetry . . his pieces carry musical evocations of the effects he describes”
- Alan Kozinn, N.Y. Times

“ . . .  a composer who makes something mesmerizing and beautiful out of harmonic ambiguity . .   Compelling listening”

“. . . a coloristic glow created by the leisurely unfolding of layered lines  . . . contemplative with gleaming touches evoking poetic sonic imagery”
- Donald Rosenberg, Cleveland Plain Dealer

“ . . . a gracious use of instruments and a style of writing that is abstract yet attractively figurative”
- Joseph Dalton, Time Out New York

"The work depicts clouds in motion… Largely static, often pointillistic . . . skillfully exploits sonorities and moods, with reflective passages interrupted by threatening sounds."
- Derrick Henry, Atlanta Journal / Constitution

"The harmonies are dense but never impenetrable, the orchestral colors are downright prismatic, the dissonances are aggressive and angular yet brimming with poetry and nuance."

“ .  . . a fine strong piece . . a near Medieval purity of line. . . “
- Tim Page, Washington Post

”The result is a piece that exults in frequent shifts of color and sharply delineated gestures, the violin unleashing silvery soprano-register lines that dovetail with shimmering pitched percussion and sostenuto brass and wind passages.”
- Christian Carey, Musical America

“ . . . complex and richly imaginative music in which an almost romantic sensibility seems to radiate through a thoroughly contemporary surface.
- Stephen Brookes, Washington Post 

“ . . . stretches the listeners’ ears and imaginations”
- Mary Hoffman, Columbus (OH) Dispatch

". . . this music...has a deeply thoughtful, even soulful integrity. . ."

 “… Mumford is a composer to watch."
- Robert Carl, Fanfare

“Mumford is an astute craftsman who understands the different timbres and their subtlety”
- Sorab Modi, The STRAD