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Hello! I'm Jake Berran (b. 2002), a composer, pianist, conductor, singer, percussionist, and aspiring educator from Minnesota. Currently, I am pursuing a B.M. in Composition at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a B.A. in Mathematics at Oberlin College. To me, music is uniquely captivating, potent, and ambiguous—it brings powerful communal experiences while inspiring self-reflection and self-discovery. Most of my work is for chamber ensemble, solo performer, orchestra, voices, electronics, or musical theater, though I will readily write for any situation. My goal is to learn, take risks, and grow, so each piece is different from the last—perhaps theatrical, microtonal, interactive and electronic, harmonically unfamiliar, big, weird, or vulnerable. That's how I am finding my multifaceted yet personal style. My music has been performed by groups such as the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, Oberlin College Choir, Unheard-of//Ensemble, White Snake Projects, and Minnesota Sinfonia.
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Recent Works

Icicle (2022, 2023)

for clarinet, cello, and piano

Overthrow the Conductor (2021, 2023)

theatrical piece for six players and conductor...video out now!

Slice (2023)

for the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble

Marimba Sonata (2023)