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The Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra (SWOJO) is excited to announce that the sheet music for the winning compositions from SWOJO's annual jazz contest is available for your band!

SWOJO Publishing is part of the Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra, a non-profit arts org.

All proceeds will sustain the annual composition contest, the crowning concert with a guest artist, and women jazz composers!

Thank you for supporting these remarkable women in jazz!

Winners of SWOJO's Annual Jazz Composition Contest for Women Composers

The Whale by Miseung Kang, 2016.

Cat Dreams by Nelda Swiggett, 2015.

SWOJO with special guest Mimi Fox, Earshot Jazz Festival 2015.

Noir by Dr. Jennifer Bellor, 2014.

SWOJO with special guest Grace Kelly, Earshot Jazz Festival 2014.

Jennifer received a Ph.D in music composition at Eastman School of Music, a Master of Music degree in composition at Syracuse University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in music at Cornell University.

She currently teaches courses in music composition and theory at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Learn more about the composer here!

Lights by Jessika (Leek) Smith, 2013.

SWOJO with special guest Ingrid Jensen, trumpet. Earshot Jazz Festival 2013. Currently residing in Eugene, Oregon, Jessika Smith is the director and coordinator of the Eugene Composer's Big Band and a music educator at Prairie Mountain School.

She completed a Master's Degree in Jazz Studies at the University of Oregon in June 2014. During her time at UO, Jessika played lead alto with the award-winning Oregon Jazz Ensemble, which toured Europe in the summer of 2014.

Jessika is also a graduate of Eastern Washington University with a BA and teaching certificate in K-12 Music Education.

Learn more about the composer here!

The contest, crowning concert and publishing division is supported in part by:


Meeting of the Waters

Download "Meeting of the Waters" CD

"...the inescapable verdict is that SWOJO has earned another blue ribbon. Recommended without pause."
Jack Bowers, Big Band Editor, All About Jazz
(full review from AAJ)

From the All Music Guide:
The Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra features some of the top jazz musicians and arrangers in the Pacific Northwest, primarily focusing on original music written for the band. The tight harmonies of the ensembles and strong soloists are key ingredients to their success. Musical director Daniel Barry contributed several charts and guests on his "Encontro das Águas(Meeting of the Waters). Highly recommended. -Ken Dryden


SWOJO's debut CD is now in its second printing. Reviews available on the recordings page.

The Howard Mandel review of Dreamcatcher appears in the March 2005 issue of Jazziz magazine! Dreamcatcher appears on Jim Wilke's list of Best Northwest Jazz CDs of 2004 Jim is the host of the syndicated radio program, Jazz After Hours.

Our CDs, Meeting of the Waters and Dreamcatcher, are available for purchase at all SWOJO performances, Silver Platters, Barnes & Noble, or online from OA2 Records, CD Universeor Amazon.


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