New York based composer Jesse Strickland has been writing music most of his life. Upon completing his undergraduate degree from Auburn University, he worked as composer in residence at a Lakeview Baptist church in Auburn, AL, where he set many sacred texts for choir. Even still, writing pieces for a cappella choir remains a large portion of his compositional output. His "Hymn of Habakkuk" was toured in Ireland by the University of South Carolina in 2017.
He released his first solo album "Only By Grace" in 2012, a collection of Modern Worship songs from his early years of writing. He followed this up with a Christmas EP in 2016 - with plans for a full length LP in 2019.
In 2018, he received his Master’s degree in Composition from the University of South Carolina, having focused primarily on chamber works – including a woodwind quintet, a clarinet sonata, and a string quartet - the string quartet exploring the unique pitch properties caused by pitch drift inherent in just intonation. He seeks to expand the harmonic language, while remaining firmly a tonal composer.
An avid lover of hymnody, he has written many new hymns for the church. He is passionate about deep theological truths being expressed in music. The large majority of his choral works are taken directly from scripture, and are meant to be heard in houses of worship.
His works have been performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Jesse is currently located in New York, NY.