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una brevissimo canzone senza parole (2023), for String trio (6:30)

Black Oak Ensemble with The Black Oak Ensemble consists of violinist Desirée Ruhstrat and cellist David Cunliffe, members of the GRAMMY-nominated Lincoln Trio, and violist Aurélien Fort Pederzoli

Chicago Composers Consortium, Epiphany Arts Center Chicago 

Premiere May 18, 2023

Review in Chicago Classical Review


Second Sight (2022) version for Piano and orchestra

An Chicago Composers Orchestra commission for arts Azanavorian

Premiere Feb. 25, 2023



Hawk's Nest  (2022) for Saxophone Ensemble

for Taimur Sullivan's Northwestern Saxophone Ensemble

Premiere Feb. 16, 2023


Second Sight (2022) for Harp and Orchestra

A Emory at 100 Commission for Elizabeth Remy Johnson, Principal harpist, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Premiere Feb. 25, 2023


Nightingales (2022) for Two Solo Violins and Orchestra (17:00)

Premeieres Oct. 1-2 Dubuque Symphony Orchestra and UWSO Oct. 8, 2022


Cabaret of Shadows  (2022) an opera for Six Voices and Chamber Ensemble (45:00). A Fromm Foundation Commission for Musiqa. Produced at MATCH 2, Houston March 2021


Fluorescenza (2020) for Cello Solo (6:10), A Primavera Project Commission from Matt Haimovitz

NY premiere Bargemusic


Luna (2020) Duet for Oboe and English Horn (7:20), For Katherine Needleman, principal oboist of the Baltimore Symphony orchestra


Una breve canzone senza parole (2019), for string quartet (6:30)

Spektral Quartet, Conmposer's Consortium. Constellation, Chicago

The Bernard Rands Effect: Ten world premieres.


This Flood of Stillness (2019), for Violin, clarinet and cello. Commisioned by Tripolis; University of North Texas- College of Music - Musical Arts Series at Southeastern Oklahoma ( Recital Hall ), Chamber Music International Season Fundraising Concert


Nine Muses (10:42)

for PANdemonium4 (2019)

for four flutes (picc, 2 C flutes, alto)


Fanfare for a New Beginning (4:00)

for Brass Quintet, for WBQ and the opening

of the new Hamel Center at UW-Madison


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ARTEMISIA (80:00, 2019)

an opera about Artemisia Gentileschi

Artemisia Timeline of Events

January 2017: Trinity Wall Street Church in NYC

presents first workshop of the new opera!

November 2018: Center for Contemporary Opera

NYC, previews several scenes, semi staged,

with piano at Symphony Space.

March 2019: Trinity Wall Street Church in NYC

premieres chamber orchestra version.


June 2019: Left Coast Chamber Ensemble premieres

complete opera, fully staged.



Eclipse (6:26)

for flute, clarinet, alto sax, trumpet, trombone, percussion, piano, violin, viola and cello (2018)

For Durward Music, premiered January 30, 2018



Aurora for flute and piano (7:00)

A National Flute Association Young Artist Commission 2017

Performed 7 times at the NFA 2017, conference in Minneapolis

Alison Fierst
Victor Wang
Hannah Leffler
Pauline Jung
Daniel Gallagher

and officially premiered by Adam Kuenzel

Young Artist Competition Semifinal Round, Six semifinalists perform for a panel of five judges. Program includes Laura Schwendinger's "Aurora," newly commissioned by the NFA. Three contestants advance to the Final Round

Meet the Composers: 2017 NFA Commissions

Adam Kuenzel performs Aurora by Laura Schwendenger. The composers introduce their works
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The Artist’s Muse (2017) (22:38)

-for flute, clarinet, cello, piano and percussion

A Koussevitsky Commission for the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston

Reviews; May 21, 2017, Boston Music Intelligencer

Chameleon Paints With Music

by Leon Golub


"The Artist’s Muse for flute, clarinet, cello, piano and percussion, a world premiere Koussevitsky Commission from Laura Elise Schwendinger, followed. Without the mediation of words, the composer proceeded directly to the inspiration behind the painter’s work, bringing to life the women behind seven famous masterpieces, as though honoring but also contesting the visual surface. Throughout, Boldin’s flute served beautifully as the ongoing voice of the perennial muse, the elusive “Other” constructed by the gaze of male painters. A short introduction took us out of linear time, William Manley’s percussion especially effective in plunging us into vanished realms, from the enigmatic interiority of a 15th-century Young Girl by Petrus Christus, to the concluding gold-patterned swirl of Klimt’s Adele Bloch-Bauer. Picasso’s Jacqueline appeared with all of her modernist angst, Cézanne’s wife moved bodily in a poignant waltz, Leonardo’s Cecilia Gallerani stroked her elegant carnivorous ermine, and Vermeer’s Girl with a Pitcher appeared with staccatos in the piano and pizzicatos in the strings, bathed in the light of percussion as she poured her milk. With a sudden twist of waltz, so to speak, the mood darkened as the eternal muse took the form of Sargent’s Madame X, cosmopolitan and scandalous, high-priestess of intoxication and city lights, followed in conclusion by her more vulnerable sister, gold-shimmering Adele Bloch-Bauer, vestal and victim, muse and mourner. Schwendinger’s delightful piece effectively transformed my own gaze on the Artist’s Muse by introducing a competing muse of flesh and bone, hardship and failure, grievance and glory, behind the painter’s still-life effigy."


For Paris  (5:00) (2017)

-for Solo Viola and Chorus

Premiere on April 28, 2017

featuring Sally Chisholm and the UW Choir directed by Beverly Taylor



-for mezzo soprano and violin

Ari Streisfeld and Rachel Calloway, The Cortona Duo
116: Let me not to the marriage of true minds
147: My love is as a fever, longing still
18: Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?


Far Over the Misty Mountains (4:07) (2017)

for solo oboe

dedicated to Juan Pechuan Ramirez



-for Youth orchestra

Commissioned for the Richmond Youth Orchestra, as part of a League of American Orchestras New Music Alive Residency


Aviary (14:00) (2015)

or the songs of imaginary birds, after the birdhouse closes

-for Percussion Quartet and piano

written for and premiered by Clocks in Motion



-For the JACK Quartet

May 8, 2015 Creature Quartet Premiered with JACK Quartet

with Animation by French Artist Pauline Gagniarre

Premiered at The Wisconsin Union Theater, 2015

Recorded by JACK on a forthcoming Albany CD, QUARTETS



Kay Ryan Settings (9:00) (2014)

-for soprano, cello and piano

For Nanette McGuinness Jewish Music & Poetry Project commission

SF Music Thursdays (sponsoroed by SFCM)

presents the world premiere of JMPP



Wet Ink (6:00) (2014)

-for clarinet, violin, viola, cello and piano

A Bennington Chamber Music Conference Commission, premiered there summer 2014



Arc of Fire (20:00) (2013)

-for violin, cello and piano

A Chamber Music America Commission for the Lincoln Trio

nominated for a 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Music by WFMT General Manager, Steve Robinson


Performed twice at Bryant Park NY, on the

Chamber Music America series


Constellations (7:00) (2013)

-for flute and percussion (doubling flute, alto and bass; percussion includes vibraphone,

crotales and glockenspiel)

premiered by Due East, Composers Consortium Chicago, June 26, 2013, Flatiron Arts Building Chicago




Sinfonietta (13:00) (2013)

-for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, french horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, strings,

percussion, harp and piano;  Premiered by the New Juilliard Ensemble,

Alice Tully Hall April 12, 2013


Performed by Trinity Wall Street NOVUS

under the direction of Julian Wachner, Tuesday's at 1 series



Treetop Studio (7:00), for clarinet and cello (2013)

dedicated to the memory to my teacher Andrew Imbrie commissioned and

premiered by Jean-Michel Fonteneau, cello and John Sackett, clarinet

Nov. 9, 2012 UC Santa Cruz, Nov. 10, 2012; SF Conservatory of Music




C’e la Luna Questa Sera? (5:48) (2005)

-for violin, cello, and piano

Cedille release; "Notable Women" with THE LINCOLN TRIO

featuring works by Auerbach, Garrop, Higdon, Thomas and Tower;

more reviews on review page


Review in Chicago Sun-Times

-"Schwendinger finds moonlight serene, ethereal and otherworldly. She charges the violin with creating the light, the piano with evoking the rippling waters of Lake Como and the cello suggesting the water’s depth".

-CD Review by William Zagorski, in Issue 35:3 (Jan/Feb 2012) of Fanfare Magazine “C’e la Luna Questa Sera? (Is There a Moon Tonight?) is tellingly dedicated to the memory of Donald Martino, a composer whose work I very much admire. Composed in 1998 for violin, cello, and percussion, it was transcribed for the Lincoln Trio in 2006, and presents an almost tangible bit of scene painting inspired by moonlight reflected on the surface of Lake Como. It opens with an almost Webernesque gesture, and as the music develops, languorously despite moments of quickness, it evokes a sense of primordially serene mystery and infinite beauty within the tiny bounds of its five and a half minutes.”

-Links to purchase: Presto Classical;  Cedille;  NAXOS

Judith Sherman, won a Grammy for her work on the CD!





for flute, oboe, violin, cello, guitar and mandolin

Off Broadway Debut with Cygnus!

The Cygnus Ensemble performed new musical compositions based on the works of Samuel Beckett, paired with three of his one-act plays in a new production, “Sounding Beckett.” The plays, “Footfalls, ,” “Ohio Impromptu” and “Catastrophe,” were directed by Joy Zinoman with a cast including Ted Van Griethuysen, Philip Goodwin and Holly Twyford. Each play was followed by new musical pieces inspired by the plays and written by the composers Chester Biscardi, Laura Schwendinger, David Glaser, Laura Kaminsky, John Halle and Scott Johnson.

"Reviews continue to come in for Laura Schwendinger's "Sounding Beckett"
“Laura Schwendinger’s piece for Footfalls is particularly effective, featuring stretches in which the musicians play their instruments so lightly, it could just be the autumn wind blowing through their strings. Beckett’s works demand postviewing brooding, and these haunting soundscapes offer a an appropriately moody place to drift.” -Jenna Scherer in”- Time Out NY

".. Schwendinger underscored that the pieces..were meant as musical responses to the plays... Thus, her piece responded to the strong emotions churning under the surface of Footfalls with sustained passages of controlled, but angst-imbued dissonance. After seeing actor Holly Twyford’s simmering performance in the play, one could readily understand Schwendinger’s poignant, elegantly crafted response." -Chamber Musician Today

"Laura Schwendinger’s companion piece to “Footfalls,” a woman blows into a flute, but we hear the air more than the notes. Beside her, string players lightly rub their instruments—and indeed, if Beckett had been a composer, this might be the kind of work he would produce." -scribicide, NY Theater Blog

"They alternate with original musical compositions that they inspired, performed live and with a haunting intensity by the Cygnus Ensemble." -NY Times

“Footfalls,”...coaxes out of composers such as Laura Schwendinger, Laura Kaminsky and John Halle...received commissions.

-Washington Post



Sudden Light (2012) (8:20)

-for Mezzo soprano and String Trio (2 violins and cello)

Settings of Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Emily Dickinson

Premiere June 2012, by Jennifer Beattie, mezzo-soprano, Christopher Otto, Ari Streisfeld, violins and Kevin McFarland, cello (of the JACK String Quartet) New Music on the Point, Vermont.

Set for release on Albany CD; Quartets with the JACK Quartet, Christopher Taylor and Jamie Van Eyck


Llorona (2010) (10:50)
-a setting of the old Mexican song for SATB Choir

Premiere Fall 2012 with The University of Wisconsin Chorale, directed by Beverly Taylor

and April 2016



For Curtis Macomber, Eleanor Bartsch, Wei He, Miranda Cuckson and Desiree Ruhstrat

Premiered by Wei He in Sept. 2012, Desiree Ruhstrat in Chicago March 2013,

and in Madison WI, by Eleanor Bartsch, April 21, 2013 (2016)

New York Premiere with Miranda Cuckson, Fall 2014, Madison Spring 2015

Recorded Spring 2015 withg Miranda Cuckson and Blair McMillan

(upcoming VIML Vol. 2, to include David Perry, Felicia Moye, Katie Wolfe, Christopher Otto, Ari Streisfeld and Graeme Jennings)


Iridos for solo flute (2011) 3:15

Video with Christina Jennings

Written for Dawn Lawler, Premiere June at WPR stage, Madison, WI



About a Mountain (2010) (15:40)
-for Mezzo Voice and Flute (C, Alto, Bass, Picc)

More information and sound files

Premiere Jan. 2011, De Paul University and subsequent performances at the

Music Institute of Chicago and WFMT Chicago.

About a Mountain was commissioned by Julia Bentley and

premiered at De Paul College in Chicago with flutist Mary Stolper

-article in Time Out Chicago

"How does one write a sign to warn earthlings (or aliens) away from a radioactive mountain 10,000 years from now? What language should be used? Or what simple iconography? This is an honest-to-god dilemma explored in John D’Agata’s 2010 nonfiction work, About a Mountain. The essayist and University of Iowa creative writing professor examines the U.S. government’s attempts during the last eight years to transform Nevada’s Yucca Mountain into a dumping ground for nuclear waste. The project has been derailed, in part by the impossibility of developing warning placards that could remain universally understandable during its 100-century-plus lifespan. Earlier this year, while reading About a Mountain, local mezzo-soprano Julia Bentley became fixated on the idea of the ephemerality of language. That concern has led to an exciting collaboration with composer Laura Schwendinger."

By Doyle Armbrust, Time Out Chicago


Mise-en-Scene (2010) for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion (12:45)

for Boston Musica Viva


See review in Boston Musical Intelligencer,

"The title of the program derived from the world premier centerpiece of the evening, Laura Elise Schwendinger’s Mise-en-scene (2011). But it alsoprovided a context for the other pieces on the program. Schwendinger explained before the performance that mise-en-scene refers to all the elements(lighting, sound, props, stagecraft, etc) which create the feel and image seen in either a theater piece or a film. Her work, in nine short, continuouslyplayed movements, described a story, and even without program notes, it would have been possible to imagine what was going on onstage. She describedher music as “zany,” but perhaps another term would be “looney” in the sense of the fiendishly difficult and evocative music by Carl Stallings thatunderpinned the familiar Looney Tunes cartoons. Schwendinger’s music was clear, delightful, and descriptive, almost an opera without words." (E. Birdseye)


SHADINGS (2010) for Orchestra (15:40)

for the AMERICAN COMPOSERS ORCHESTRA, UnSafe series, premiere March 4 at Carnegie's Zankel Hall, a collaboration with lighting artists Leni Schwendinger

see article on Laura and SHADINGS

New York Times Review


In Laura Schwendinger’s “Shadings,” richly scored shimmering music ebbed and swirled
in tandem with a series of enigmatic photographs projected above the orchestra.

The photographs were taken in Japan by the composer’s cousin Leni Schwendinger,

who also designed evocative lighting to complement the images." (V. Schweitzer)

New York Times


See video on the making of SHADINGS on Vimeo


See NIGHTCITY about Leni Schwendinger's work, featuring HIGH WIRE ACT by Laura Schwendinger

Donna Loewy, Laura Schwendinger, Kathryn Alexander, Jennifer Beattie

and the members of the JACK Quartet

LOVE SONNETS for voice and violin (14:55) (2016)

Animal Rhapsody (9:00) (2016) 

The Violinists in My Life (2011) (12:32) for violin and piano

Footfalls (2012) 25:45

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*The Violinists in My Life Complete REV.

Brushstrokes (2010) for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion (12:40)

for Stony Brook New Music Ensemble


1) Contrapposto , 2) Mobile,

3) Chiaroscuro, 4) Kinetic Sculpture,

5) Pointillism

6) Sfumato, 7) Collage


Three Calder Studies (2010)

for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano (8:00)


Waking Dream (2009) for flute and orchestra (10:48)

premiered by Christina Jennings and the UW Chamber Orchestra (11/14/2009)*

Available on Albany CD: 3 Works for solo instruments and orchestra



Van Gogh Nocturnes (2009) for solo piano (8:12) premiered by Christopher Taylor (3/12/2010)


Move. 1 Starry Night Over the Rhone

Move. 2 Night Cafe at Arles)

Move. 3 Starry Night


Recorded by Christopher Taylor for upcoming CD; Complete piano music of Laura Elise Schwendinger

Judith Sherman Producer



Garden of Earthly Delights (2008) for flute, oboe, guitar, mandolin, violin and cello (9:30)

For William Anderson and Cygus




Song for Andrew (2008) for violin, viola, cello and piano (6:48)

For Young-Nam Kim and Sally Chisholm, in memory of Andrew Imbrie*




Three's a Crowd (2007) for Trumpet, Trombone and Tuba

commissioned by the B3+ ensemble (3:16)

With bass trombonist Dave Taylor,trumpeter Franz Hackl and the John Clark on horn



Chiaroscuro Azzurro (2007) a Miller Theater "Pocket Concerto" commission

for violin and chamber orchestra. Jennifer Koh, premiering soloist.


Premiere March 2008, Miller Theater, New York City

( March 27, 2008)

Move. 1 (12:30); Move. 2 (8:31); Move. 3 (12:30)


Available on Albany CD: 3 Works for solo instruments and orchestra

Review "Ms. Schwendinger’s work also lives in (at least) two worlds. The violin writing, played with equal measures of energy and velvety richness by Jennifer Koh, is sometimes assertive and rhythmically sharp-edged, butthose moments virtually always resolve into a sweetly singing line. The grittier orchestral writing offsetsthat sweetness without overwhelming it." (Allan Kozinn)



Aerialist for solo flute (2006)

Written for Christina Jennings. Premiere 2006 Symphony Center NYC*


Esprimere, Concerto for cello and orchestra (2005) (29:30)

Written for Matt Haimovitz and the UW Symphony Orchestra. Premiere March 28, 2007


Move. 1 (5:20)

Move. 2 (10:00)

Move. 3 (4:35)

Move. 4 (8:30)

Available on Albany CD: 3 Works for solo instruments and orchestra



Basso Non-Profundo

for bass solo (2006)

Written for David Murray and the Chicago Composer's Consortium. Premiere 2006 (4:00)



Elements for Percussion Ensemble (2006) (8:00)

Written for Anthony Di Sanza and the Western Percussion Ensemble May 2006


High Wire Act for flute, strings and piano (2005)

Written for and commissioned by Christina Jennings and Bright Music. Premiere November 15, 2005 (15:00)


Performed by groups including Eighth Blackbird, The Aspen Ensemble,

The Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Orion Ensemble, American Modern Ensemble,

The Left Bank Concert Society, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Contemporary Music Forum,

The New Millenium Ensemble, and Voices of Change; at venues including The Kennedy Center,

Corcoran Gallery, as part of The University of Chicago Contempo Series and at the

Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton.


Available on CD High Wire Acts, on Centaur

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Mov 5


Lady Lazarus (2005) (14:00)

a setting of the Sylvia Plath poem for mezzo-soprano,

for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion

Commissioned by Nicole Paiement and the Ensemble Parallele

for the opening concert of the Blueprint series at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

And subsequently performed by CUBE and Julia Bently


New 2 little whos (2005) for mandolin and guitar (7:30)

Written for Duo Ahlert and Schwab. Premiered May 5, Chicago Composer's Consortium series


2 little whos (2004) for violin and guitar (7:30)

Written for Duo 46, Available on CD High Wire Acts, on Centaur


Les Betes de la Mer/

Oceanie, La Mer (The Sea) 

inspired by Art Institute Chicago(2005) for Orchestra (9:00)

Written for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Chamber Orchestra.

Premiered April 8, 2005



for oboe, cello and percussion (7:00)

Commissioned and premiered by CUBE, March 13, 2004


C’è la Luna Questa Sera? (2004)

for violin, cello,and piano (5:48)

Arranged for the Lincoln Trio and recorded on "Notable Women", Cedille Records

(sound sample at Archivmusic)

Performed at Ravinia, and others.


Reviews include "C’e la Luna Questa Sera? (“Is There a Moon Tonight?”) by Wisconsin-based Laura Elise Schwendinger is
written in one continuous movement and is strangely, eerily beautiful. Inspired by the sights and feelings of the moon over Italy’s Lake Cuomo, this is an ethereal, almost impressionistic beauty of a piece. With well-placed tremolos and high unison string melodies against a piano that whispers, shimmers and even ‘threatens’ at some points, the work seems to ask and answer the question posed by its title. I liked this piece a great deal!" (Daniel Coombs) in Audiophile Audition.


"After intermission, two pieces about the moon were played: Laura Elise Schwendinger’s “C’e la luna questa sera?” (“Is There a Moon Tonight?”), finished in 2006, and Augusta Read Thomas’s “Moon Jig,”written in 2005 with the Lincoln Trio giving its world premiere that year. Schwendinger finds moonlight serene, ethereal and otherworldly. She charges the violin with creating the light, the piano with evoking the rippling waters of Lake Como and the cello suggesting the water’s depth. Thomas, on the other hand, sees moonlight as mischievous, as if its luminosity was
produced by naughty nocturnal elves." (Dorothy Andries) Sun-Times




Nonet (2004) For Chicago Chamber Musicians. Fromm Foundation Commission (15:00)

In three movements.

For flute, oboe, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, french horn, piano and percussion


Available on CD High Wire Acts, from Centaur



Rapture (2003)

for cello and piano (8:30)

Adapted for Jens Peter Maintz, principal cellist of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. (5/24/03)


Celestial City (2002) (18:31)

for Spectrum Concerts of Berlin. Koussevitzky Foundation Commission.


Written in memory of those lost on 9/11, for the Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress, and dedicated to the memory of Serge and Natalie Koussevitzky,

for Frank Dodge with the members of Spectrum Concerts Berlin; And featuring Janine Jansen

Premiere was 1/22/03: Berlin Philharmonic recital Hall. (18:01) for clarinet, violin, viola, cello and piano



Magic Carpet Music (2002)

for piano (13:00)

adapted for pianist  Jenny Lin

Premiere was on April 12, 2003 at Galapagos Art Space, NYC

To be released on CD of Complete Piano works with Christopher Taylor



String Quartet in three movements (2001) (18:07)

A Harvard Musical Association Commission,

The Arditti String Quartet, 1/24/03. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Subsequently performed by the JACK Quartet

at University of Iowa,

University of Wisconsin Madison, and New Music on the Point.


Mov 1 (4:30), Mov 2 (7:06), Mov 3 (6:31)

To be released on Albany CD, QUARETS in the coming year; featuring the JACK Quartet, Christopher Taylor and Jamie Van Eyck


Bellagio Suite (2000)

for string orchestra (12:00)

Written for The Cleveland Chamber Symphony (2/1/01)




Approaching Storm (2000)

for Two pianos, two percussion and tape (10:00)

Written for Fear No Music of Portland. Premiere was on 3/11/01



In Just Spring- (1988) for soprano and piano (3:10)

from Chansons Innocente-


On tour (1997-2013) by Dawn Upshaw and Gilbert Kalish,

at venues including Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall (London), Veteran's Wadsworth (Los Angeles), Theatre du Chatelet (Paris), Herbst Theate (SF) and The Tanglewod Music Festival. Also in 2013/14 at Longy School and Morgan Library, NY.


Reviews include by Janine Wanée in the Boston Musical Intellingencer "With her colleague Kayo Iwama on piano, Upshaw began with a playful and beautiful setting by Laura Schwendinger of the e.e. cummings poem, “in just-spring”


Available on "Voices of Our Time" a recital video of Dawn Upshaw at The Theatre du Chatelet in Paris

Three song set, from Hildegard Publishing, includes In Just Spring- (3:10) , Hist whist, little ghost things (2000) (3:50), and Tumbling-hair (3:45) for voice and piano




Magic Carpet Music (1999)

for flute, clarinet (bass), violin and Cello (13:00)


Commissioned by The Theater Chamber Players. Premiere was on December 4, 1999

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts




Rapture (1999) for flute and piano (7:00)

Written for Cathy Comrie. Performed in concerts by Jayn Rosenfeld, Mary Stolper,

Catherine Ramiraz and Caroline Pittman




Chiaro di Luna (1998) for string ensemble (4:00)

Written and premiered by The Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra of Hungary

Also performed by the North Corner Chamber Orchestra of Seattle




C’è la Luna Questa Sera? (1998)

for violin, cello, harp and percussion (5:48)

Written and premiered by the Ernest Bloch Festival,

Newport Oregon

On the Lincoln Trio's CD Notable Women with

(Judith Sherman Grammy winning Producer)




Songs of Heaven and Earth (1998)

for mezzo-soprano, flute (picc.,alto), clarinet (bass), violin, cello, piano, percussion, harp (28:00)

Commissioned and premiered by Patricia Green and The Theater Chamber Players,

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts



Aorewa for orchestra (7:00)

The Berkeley Symphony, Under Construction Series *



Pointillisms (1997)

for solo piano includes Point of Departure, Pedal-Point, Point of Balance,

Boiling Point and Exclamation Point, a work for Leslie Amper (12:00)

Also available Point of Balance (1991) for Piano (2:45)

Performances include Vancouver New Music & UC Santa Cruz New Music Festival

Recorded for CD by Christopher Taylor (to be released)




Cascade Range (1996)

for cello and piano, a work for Scott Kluksdahl

Premiered at SCI National Conference, 1997 *



Asherah (1995)

for solo alto saxophone, written for Joseph Wytko (8:00)



These Verses Hold... (1995)

Setting of Petrarch for soprano, clarinet, cello, piano and percussion

Premiere at the Contemporary Music Program, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (9:10)



La Charmeuse de Serpents (1995)

for flute, oboe and piano

Row Twelve performance ensemble of Massachusetts (8:20)

Co-winner of IAWM score search with Stacey Garrop



Fable (1994)

for flute (alto, piccolo), clarinet (bass), violin, cello, piano and percussion (15:00)

Performances include Aspen Music Festival,

San Francisco Conservatory of Music New Music Ensemble, June in Buffalo and Bowdoin Festival



Seven Choral Settings (1994)

Commissioned by the Boston University Marsh Chapel Choir, Julian Wachner, Director (revised in 1994)


Six Choral Settings (15:00)

Performed at Carnegie, Zankel Hall Spring 2013 with the

Trinity Choir, Directed by Julian Wachner, NY Times review

“'Six ChoralSettings” by Laura Elise Schwendinger,

which knit poetry concerned with life and love into dense polyphonic webs

...coolly beguiling tone" (Steve Smith)




Chamber Concerto (1993) for piano and mixed ensemble of 16 players (16:10)

First prize winner,

1995 ALEA III International Composition Competition

Available on Capstone Records, SCI 10. Reviewed by The American Record Guide as

"melodic and atmospheric"



Sonata for solo violin (1992) in three movements (13:00)

Written for and premiered by Victor Schultz at the Ives Center for American Music


Available on CD, High Wire Acts, on Centaur




Rumor (1992) for flute and cello (7:45)

Performances include: IAWM Annual concert at National Museum of Women and the Arts,

Washington D.C. (co-winner of score search), and the New York Camerata;

Available on CD, High Wire Acts, on Centaur




Lament (1991) for string trio (6:45)

Performances include: The Theater Chamber Players,

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts,

June in Buffalo, and central work submitted for Schwendinger's

Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters




the sky a silver dissonance (1990)

A setting of the poem by E.E. Cummings (3:50) for baritone voice and piano

Published by Freeland press




Three operatic scenes from The Overcoat (1989)

A chamber opera based on Nicolai Gogol's work *




Night Dances (1987) for orchestra (8:50)

Women's Philharmonic in 1993, for the New Music Reading Session  *




Piano Trio II (1987) for piano, violin and cello

Winner of University of California, Di Lorenzo prize in music *




Duo for flute and piano (1986)

performances include Nov 2016 by Matthew Dufour with Orchard Circle




Memorial to D.C. (1986) for Orchestra

Written for the University of California Symphony Orchestra



 not available for performance *

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