Jabez Co (b. 1989; Manila, Philippines) composes vivid music that speaks to a wide range of audiences, inspired by genres ranging from Gregorian chant to musical theater. His works are significantly influenced by his experience as an avid performer of concert pieces, new compositions, and stage music. Jabez writes concert and dramatic works, creating a fusion of classical and Broadway idioms in both genres.
Winner of the Mu Phi Epsilon’s (MPE) International Sterling Achievement Award, Jabez has been recognized for his many accomplishments in music. He has won the MPE Original Composition Contest and third prize from the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs (OFMC) Student/Collegiate Composers Contest. Jabez has been named a finalist for the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. He is also the recipient of the OFMC Agnes Fowler Award, OWU Senior Performance Award, and the Slocum Prize. Jabez was a participant of Fresh Inc. Festival, Accent11 Music Festival, and Accent12 Music Festival.
As a performer, Jabez is primarily a flutist. He is an advocate of new music having premiered many new works as a flutist, conductor, and singer–including Stephen Paulus’ Of Songs and Singing. He has been a member of the Columbus Symphony Chorus and Associate Flutist and Piccoloist of the New Albany Symphony.
Jabez is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, where he received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education, magna cum laude, and studied composition with Clint Needham. He has also studied composition with Jennifer Jolley and Jason Bahr. Jabez has taken lessons with Stacy Garrop, Dan Visconti, Claude Baker, Christopher Theofanidis, and Joseph Schwantner. Starting Fall 2013, he will be pursuing a Master of Music in Composition at the University of Louisville, where he will serve as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in music theory.
Jabez Co – the Jabberwock
for mezzo-soprano, flute, viola, double bass, and harp