Composer, violinist, and educator Jessie Montgomery is the recipient of the Leonard Bernstein Award from the ASCAP Foundation. Performed frequently around the world, her works interweave classical music with elements of vernacular music, improvisation, language, and social justice, placing her squarely as one of the most relevant interpreters of 21st-century American sound and experience. Her music has been described as “turbulent, wildly colorful and exploding with life” (The Washington Post). In the 2019–20 season, her new works will be premiered by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the National Choral Society, and ASCAP Foundation. She is working with Jannina Norpoth to reimagine Scott Joplin’s opera Treemonisha, produced by Volcano Theatre and co-commissioned by Washington Performing Arts, Stanford University, London’s Southbank Centre, Ottawa’s National Arts Centre, and the Banff Centre for the Arts. Since 1999 she has been affiliated with the Sphinx Organization, which supports young African-American and Latinx string players. She currently serves as composer-in-residence for the Sphinx Virtuosi, the organization’s professional touring ensemble. A graduate of The Juilliard School and New York University, Jessie Montgomery is currently a graduate fellow in music composition at Princeton University.