Jon D. Nelson is a composer and pianist from Sun Prairie, WI and a graduate of Ball State University, where he received his bachelor's in music composition studying closely with Dr. Jody Nagel, and Dr. Michael Pounds. His music has been selected for performances by various ensembles throughout the United States, including performances by the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin youth Symphony Orchestras, and several collegiate ensembles. During his studies at Ball State, Nelson was active in composing music for short films in addition to writing for other forms of media, including mobile applications, commercial advertisements and documentaries. Nelson’s keyboard playing can be heard on numerous studio recordings for artists and ensembles spanning a wide range of styles from pop music and jazz quartets, to film music and classical piano recordings. Alongside his work as a composer, he has spent five years writing and performing as a member of award winning band, Trackless, with colleagues Jordan West, Jeremy Jones, and William Smith, who together gained success through a loyal fan base in the Midwest, as well as throughout the Los Angeles area. In 2016, Nelson founded Resonance; a program dedicated to mentoring high school music students with passion for creating new music, and presenting concerts of entirely original concert music. Going into the program’s third year, Resonance has guided student composers through dozens of world premiere performance and gained recognition from press throughout Wisconsin.
Prélude N˚ 3 - Croquis de Wolf River
"Wolf River Sketches" - Original work for solo piano, composed 2014
“Common Mind” World Premiere
“Common Mind” - Three Movement Commissioned work for Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras
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