about hannah jane
Hannah Jane Boissonneault is a composer-performer currently based in East Lansing, Michigan. Incorporating her experiences in writing and performing progressive metal, indie, folk, and jazz, she seeks to interconnect various musical communities through her contemporary compositions.
Hannah has been commissioned by the Detroit Composers' Project, the Steven R. Gerber Trust as a part of the Fresh Inc. Festival, and various instrumentalists. Recent projects include In Full Bloom for bass clarinet, fixed media + electronics written for and performed by Ford Forqurean on Mise-en’s Acoustic+ series and livestreamed from Mise-en Place, As I Sit in Stillness written for the Unheard of Ensemble as a part of the 2020 season of the Collaborative Composition Initiative, the commercial release of Feels Like Honey, an intersectional project blurring the lines between classical and contemporary folk music released January 3, 2020; and A Separation of Stream of Consciousness commissioned by cellist Joshua Devries as a part of the YInMn Project.
Hannah has worked with various filmmakers including director Tennyson Hendershott, in which she was awarded Best Composition/Original Score at the Bowling Green State University Film & Media Festival. Her piece, In the Mirror, was the recipient of the 2020 Michigan State University Honors Competition in the choral division. Her piece, On Searching for a Voice for violin, cello, and piano, was awarded First Place in the 2019 National Federation of Music Clubs Beyer Composition Awards.
Hannah is an alumni of the Unheard of Ensemble’s 2020 Collaborative Composition Initiative, 2019 Atlantic Music Festival (Waterville, MN) and the 2019 Fresh Inc. Festival (Kenosha, WI). Hannah has participated in reading sessions with members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (2018), and Roomful of Teeth (2020).
With a passion for the contemporary rock industry, Hannah is endorsed as an artist with Balaguer Guitars. She is the lead vocalist and bassist of progressive alternative band Blank Slate (2016-present). They have performed alongside numerous acts in the progressive community, including Silent Planet, Hail the Sun, Sianvar, and Strawberry Girls. The band released their first two EPs, “Animate” and “I Have Considered the Following,” in 2017. In 2019, they released three singles, “Figures” and “Dedicate,” and “Verified.” Their first music video, “Figures,” explores the lines between indie and post-rock with a lyrical spin.
Hannah recently completed her B.M. in Composition at Michigan State University, where her primary mentors are David Biedenbender and Zhou Tian. She was a recipient of the Louis B. Sudler Prize, awarded by the Michigan State University College of Arts and Letters in recognition of outstanding achievement in the performing and creative arts. This Fall, she is looking forward to moving to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she will be beginning her Master of Music in Composition at University of Michigan.