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piano-conducting 9 to 5: The Musical
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Hello! I'm Jake Berran (b. 2002), a composer, pianist, conductor, singer, and percussionist from Minnesota studying at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. To me, music is uniquely captivating, potent, and ambiguous—it can be a way to practice making meaning out of nothing and an emotional and sensory complement to other art forms. I like to write for any situation but feel most at home with piano, percussion, voice, choir (texts!), orchestra, chamber ensembles, musical theater, and electronics. My goal is to learn, take risks, and grow. Each piece is different from the last—perhaps theatrical, microtonal, interactive and electronic, harmonically unfamiliar, big, weird, vulnerable, or just plain difficult. That's how I am finding my multifaceted yet personal style.
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Recent Works

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for large orchestra

Icicle (2022, 2023)

for clarinet, cello, and piano

Overthrow the Conductor (2022, 2023)

theatrical piece for Pierrot ensemble and conductor

The Convergence of the Twain (2021)

for SATB choir and piano, based on the poem about the Titanic by Thomas Hardy, performed by Oberlin College Choir