Jesse Budel (b. 1991) is a composer-performer, sound artist, curator and arts entrepreneur based in South Australia. His works are for diverse media and spaces, ranging from acoustic concert instrumentation through to installation works, and have been performed by the Australian String Quartet (AUS), Zephyr Quartet (AUS), Elder Conservatorium Wind Orchestra (SA) and Corvus Ensemble (Alaska, USA).  He has been an artist-in-residence at Adelaide City Library (SA) and Arts Letters and Numbers (Upstate NY, USA).

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Jesse recently completed a PhD in Music Composition at Elder Conservatorium of Music, supported by a Research Training Program scholarship (provided by the Australian Government), and receiving a Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence. His research is focussed on adapting the innovative field of soundscape ecology to compositional process, producing creative works responding South Australian ecosystems and soundscapes.  Previously, he graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Composition) with First Class Honours, studying with Graeme Koehne, David Harris and Charles Bodman Rae, also receiving numerous Director’s Awards for ‘outstanding achievement as a composer and a high level of commitment in the promotion and performance of new music’.  

In 2017, Jesse undertook an extensive professional development tour of the US and Canada in his research area of ecological music and sound art, supported by a Carclew Fellowship, Helpmann Academy Grant and Rural City of Murray Bridge Small Wins Grant.

In the wider community, he is an ongoing contributor to the arts and cultural, and youth sectors, being recognised for his efforts as Young Citizen of the Year at the Murray Bridge 2012 Australia Day Awards, and SA Regional Awards Murraylands-Riverlands Youth Award in 2013. In recent years, he has developed a number variety of community arts installation sites, including the Murray Bridge Piano Sanctuary and the Featherstone Sound Space.

Jesse also continues to have an active involvement in musical theatre. He has numerous director credits, including of Jane Eyre (SA Premiere, 2013) with In Christ’s Company, MaCabaret (2016) with Maniacal Art Company, High School Musical Jr. (2019) with Adelaide Youth Theatre, Strictly Ballroom (SA Premiere, 2019) with Matt Byrne Media and Beauty and the Beast (2019) with Whyalla Players. In 2018, he was assistant musical director and repetiteur for Adelaide Youth Theatre’s 2018 critically acclaimed productions of Shrek and Wicked.  Onstage credits with Murray Bridge Players and Singers include including Horton in Seussical (2011), Zeke in High School Musical (2013), Tony in West Side Story, acting and directing in Harold Pinter’s Victoria Station (2014), and Rapunzel’s Prince in Into The Woods (2016).