Jill is an oboist, English horn player, pianist and composer who visits National Parks in the United States, often as an Artist in Residence, and composes music about the Park while living there.
Montana’s Glacier National Park was the inspiration for her 1st recording of music about a National Park. After a visit there, Jill came home and found herself creating the amazing visual scenery in a musical sense at the piano. She decided to share the visual aspect of her music in concerts, and this led to a video of the images that inspired each piece as it is presented in concert. She continues to share live concerts highlighting the different Parks with video of the images that led to the music.
After recording her 2nd album, “Zion and Bryce Canyon Soundscapes,” she decided to apply to be an Artist in Residence at a National Park. Her first residency was at Mesa Verde National Park where she lived in a hogan style building while exploring the Park during the day and creating music at night. The album resulting from this residency won the ZMR “Best Piano with Instrumentation” award in 2015.
During the National Park Centennial year, 2016, Jill released “National Park Soundscapes,” which is a collection of pieces about 12 National Parks celebrating the centennial year. The music highlights parks from Acadia to Zion including a piece written during her 2nd residency at Badlands National Park. She presented concerts of this music at National Parks and other venues throughout 2016. 4 of her pieces were arranged for English horn/oboe solo with Concert Band and were presented in concert with the Ringgold Band. The pieces have now been arranged for solo horns with orchestral accompaniment and are being presented in the summer of 2021 by the Berks Sinfonietta.
Glacier National Park invited her back in 2016 to do a month Artist in Residency. The writing was truly effortless during Jill’s time there; she found so much to write about in this amazing place. This residency led to “The Waters of Glacier,” her 5th recording about a National Park.
In 2017 Jill spent 2 weeks in Wrangell/St. Elias National Park in Alaska as an Artist in Residence. This incredibly remote location afforded her an opportunity to explore an amazing Park, but more importantly introduced her to local folks who live in such a place. The people as well as the place affected her composing style while living in Alaska.
The Winds of Badlands recording was released in 2019, and this recording gained the #1 spot on the ZMR monthly reporting for the most airplay, as did several of her previous albums. Jill’s National Park recordings also receive regular airplay on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio and numerous music services.
After spending October 2019 living in Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico, Jill spent 2020 recording her musical impressions of this place. The release date for this recording is February 2021.
Her most recent Artist in Residency was at Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida in November 2020, and afforded her the opportunity to explore and create music about yet another land/waterscape.
Jill is an artist on the Spotted Peccary label and they will be releasing her first ambient recording with founder/ artist Deborah Martin, The Silence of Grace, in April 2021.
She continues to appear as a guest artist on many recordings done at Will Ackerman’s Imaginary Roads Studio, including 2 of Will’s guitar releases. Her English horn and oboe lines are also heard on many recordings produced by Corin Nelsen.
Jill rounds out her musical career as a symphonic orchestra player, a teacher, and church musician