The ACO in rehearsal for SHADINGS, Carnegie Hall

JACK Quartet, Jami Van Eyck and Laura at recording session, Oktaven Studios for Quartets

(forthcoming on Albany CD)

Notable Women with the Lincoln Trio featuring

C'e La Luna Questa Sera?

VII. Adele Block Bauer, Artists's Muse - Chameleon Arts Ensemble
00:00 / 00:00

VII. Adele Bloch Bauer from Artist's Muse

Notable Women with the Lincoln Trio featuring

C'e La Luna Questa Sera?


Larger Chamber Works (7-20 players)

Eclipse  (6:26)  

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

For Durward Music, premiered January 30, 2018

Sinfonietta (2013) (17 players) chamber orchestra

for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, french Horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, strings, percussion, harp and piano (13:00)

premiered and commissioned by the New Juilliard Ensemble, Alice Tully Hall April 12, 2013



Waking Dream (2009) for flute and chamber orchestra

Premiered by Christina Jennings and the UW Chamber orchestra, Nov. 14, 2009

For small or large chamber orchestra. On Albany records. (9:00)

Performed by -Mary Boodell, principal flute of the Richomnd Symphony on thier Altria Masterworks series April 1, 2

-Lindsey Goodman with the Lindsey Goodmam, with the Charleston Chamber Orchestra, May 9, 2017


Oceania (Betes de La Mer) inspired by Art Institute Chicago

Chiaroscuro Azzurro (2006)  for orchestra (9:00)

Premiered by University of Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra 2006, under David Becker

Chiaroscuro Azzurro

a violin concerto

a "Pocket Concerto" commission from Miller Theater

work can also be for standard orchestra (32:29)

For Jennifer Koh, Premiere March 2008, Miller Theater, New York City

On Albany CD with Curtis Macomber, violin soloist, and Nicole Paiement conductor

Excerpt Mov 2



Lady Lazarus (2005) (7) 6 +V

for mezzo, flute, clarinet, violin, cello,  piano and percussion. For Nicole paiement and her Parallèle Ensemble.

Chiaro di Luna (1995) for string orchestra  (6:00)

commissioned and premiered by the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra



Animal Rhapsody (2016) for youth or college orchestra 
Commissioned by the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra
premiered May 17, 2016 Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts, Richmond Virginia


Nonet (2004) In three movements (9)

For flute, oboe, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, french horn, piano and percussion *A Fromm Foundation Commission for

The Chicago Chamber Musicians (15:00)

On Centaur CD High Wire Acts

Mov 3


Mov 2



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

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"


Elements for Percussion Ensemble (2006) (8)

Written for and premiered by Anthony Di Sanza and his Western Percussion Ensemble May 2006


Bellagio Suite (2000) for string orchestra

Written for The Cleveland Chamber Symphony. Premiere was 2/1/01 (12:00)










Chamber Works (2-6 players)

Duos  (2)

Trios (3)

Quartets (4)

    (w/ High Wire Act)

Quintets (5)

Sextets (6)

Duets (2) +V


for mezzo soprano voice and violin (2) (14:55) (2016)
For 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?

The Violinists in My Life for violin and piano (2011) (2)

1. Eleanor Bartsch

2. Wei He

3; Miranda Cuckson

4. Desiree Ruhstrat

5. Curtis Macomber

Eleanor Bartsch and Thomas Kasdorf performing

II. Wei from Violinists in My Life by Laura Schwendinger


IV. Miranda from Violinists in My Life by Laura Schwendinger



for flute and percussion (7:00) (2)

(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

Treetop Studio (2012) (2)
for Clarinet and Cello

in memory of Andrew Imbrie


About a Mountain (2011) (2) +V
for Mezzo Voice and Flute (C, Alto, Bass, Picc)

Premiere Jan. 2011, De PaulUniversity 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


Two Versions of

2 Little Whos (2)

New 2 little whos (2005) for mandolin and guitar

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


2 little whos (2004) for violin and guitar (2)

Written for Duo 42


Aurora (7:00) (2)
for flute and piano
Commissioned by The National Flute Association, Inc.
for the 2017 Young Artist Competition

Premiere August 2017, NFA Convention, Mpls MN


Rapture (2003)

for cello and piano. (8:30) (2)

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


Rapture (1999)

for flute and piano. (7:00) (2)

Written for Cathy Comrie


Rumor (1992)

for flute and cello (7:45) (2)

Performances include: IAWM Annual concert at the National Museum of Women and the Arts, Washington D.C.,

co-winner of score search, and the New York Camerata


Duo for flute and piano (1986) (2)



Trios (3)

Arc of Fire (24:00)

for violin, cello and piano (3)

A Chamber Music America Commission, premiered March 2014, on WFMT Relevant Tones by the Linocln Trio,

and Bryant Park New York City on August 8, 2014

-from Arc of Fire

Momento Mori (2014)


Three's a Crowd (2007) (3)

for Trumpet, Trombone and Tuba for the B3+ ensemble,

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


C’è la Luna Questa Sera? (2004)

for violin, cello, and piano (5:48) (3)

Arranged for and dedicated to the Lincoln Trio, premiered and recorded by them on "Notable Women", Cedille Records



Lontano (7:00) (2004)  (3)

for oboe, cello and percussion

Commissioned and premiered by CUBE, March 13, 2004


La Charmeuse de Serpents (1995), for flute, oboe and piano (3)

Premiered by Row Twelve performance ensemble of Massachusetts (8:20) Performed by CUBE


Lament (1991) for string trio (6:45) (3)

Performances include, The Theater Chamber Players, John F. Kennedy Center for the

Performing Arts, June in Buffalo



Quartets and Mixed Quartets

Creature Quartet (2015) (4)

12 short movements on Endagered, Extint and Mythological Creatures (27:00)

A Vias Associate supported work, from UW-Madison

Premiered by the JACK Quartet as part of the Union Concert Series

Soon to be released on QUARTETS from Albany records, recorded by JACK




Commissioned and premiered by PANdomonium4

Nine short movements depicting the Nine Muses in musical portraits

1. Clio, 2. Calliope, 3. Urania, 4. Thalia, 5. Euterpe, 6. Polyhymnia, 7. Erato, 8. Melpomene, 9. Terpischore) Performed by PANdemonium 4 (Kimberlee Goodman, Lindsey Goodman, Lisa Jelle, and Alison Brown Sincoff), Otterbein University, Westerville Ohio, February 16th, 2020.

C’è la Luna Questa Sera? (1998)

for violin, cello, harp and percussion (vib., glock.) (6:45)

Written and premiered by the Ernest Bloch Festival, Newport Oregon

There are three version of Ce la Luna Questa Sera?

1) for violin, cello, harp and percussion (4)

2) for flute, viola, harp and percussion (4)

3) Piano Trio (this version was released by the Lincoln Trio on Notable Women from Cedille) (3)


Song for Andrew (2008) (4)

for violin, viola, cello and piano (2008) for Young-Nam Kim and Sally Chisholm, in memory of Andrew Imbrie* (4)


String Quartet in three movements (2001) (4)

A Harvard Musical Association. Commission, The Arditti String Quartet,

1/24/03. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. (17:36)

subsequent performance with the JACK Quartet 2010, University of Iowa

To be released on Albany CD QUARTETS, featruing the JACK QUARTET


Magic Carpet Music (1999)

for flute, clarinet (bass), violin and Cello. (13:00) (4)

Written for The Theater Chamber Players. Premiere was on December 4, 1999 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts


Approaching Storm (2000)

for Two pianos, two percussion and tape (10:00) (4)

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


Three Versions of High Wire Act ( for  5, 4 and 3 players)


High Wire Act (2005)

for flute, strings and piano. For Flute, Violin, Viola, Cello, and piano (5)

Written for and commissioned by Christina Jennings and Bright Music. Premiere November 15, 2005

Mov 3


Mov 5



     High Wire Act (2009) for clarinet, cello and piano (3)

     Adapted and premiered, performed three times on The Orion Ensemble's March 2009


     High Wire Act (2009) for Flute, clarinet, cello and piano (4)    

Adapted and premiered, performed by Delfians Project, Cal State Fresno New Music Festival, Oct. 2009






Mixed Quintets

Wet Ink (2014) (5)

for clarinet, violin, viola, cello and piano (6:00)

A Bennington Chamber Music Conference Commission



Celestial City (2002) (18:01)

for clarinet, violin, viola, cello and piano  (5)

For Spectrum Concerts of Berlin. Koussevitzky Foundation Commission. Premiere was 1/22/03: Berlin Philharmonic recital Hall


Aviary (5)

for percussion quartet and piano

A walk through an imaginary bird house




Mixed Sextets

The Artist’s Muse (6)

for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion (22:38)

A Koussevitsky Commission for the Chameleon Art's Ensemble

Review, May 21, 2017, Boston Music Intelligencer

Musical portraits of seven women, in works by Petrus Christus, Pablo Picasso, Leonardo Da Vinci, Paul Cezanne,

Johannes Vermeer, John Singer Sargent and Gustav Klimt

Chameleon Paints With Music


excerpt from VII. Adele Bloch Bauer

After the Sunrise (2016) (6)

for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion (6:00)

for Lakeshore Rush

Brushstrokes (2013) (6)

for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion (12:00)

Commimsioned by the StonyBrook Premiere Series

Symphony Space, N

Mise-en-Scene (2010) (6)

for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion (14:00)

for Boston Musica Viva

and review in Boston Musical Intelligencer


Footfalls (2012) (6)

for flute, oboe, guitar, mandolin, violin and cello. For Cygnus

Commission for Sounding Beckett


Garden of Earthly Delights (2008) (6)

for flute, oboe, guitar, mandolin, violin and cello. For Cygnus



Fable (1994) (6)

for flute (alto, piccolo), clarinet (bass), violin, cello, piano and percussion (15:00) (6)

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



Solo Works


Piano Works

Van Gogh Nocturnes for piano (2006) Premiered by Christopher Taylor (8:12)

premiered by Christopher Taylor (3/12/2010)

(excerpt sound file movement 1, Starry Night Over the Rhone)

(excerpt sound file movement 2, Night Cafe at Arles)


Magic Carpet Music (2002) for piano (13:00)

Adapted for Jenny Lin. Premiere was on April 12, 2003 at Galapagos Art Space, NYC


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

Performances include Vancouver New Music and the University of California at Santa Cruz New Music Festival.

Solo Flute Works

Iridos for solo flute (2011) Written for Dawn Lawler

Premiere June at WPR stage, Madison, WI


Aerialist for solo flute (2006) Written for Christina Jennings

Premiere November 30, 2006 at Symphony Center in New York City


Other solo instrumental works ( for solo Violin, Bass, Alto Sax)

Far Over the Misty Mountains (4:07)

for solo oboe

dedicated to Juan Pechuan Ramirez

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

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

On Centaur CD, High Wire Acts



Basso Non-Profundo for Bass solo (2006)

Written for David Murray and the Chicago Composer's Consortium. Premiere Oct. 2006


Asherah (1995), for solo alto saxophone

Written for Joseph Wytko (8:00)


Mixed Chamber Works with Voice (3-8 players)

Sudden Light (2012) (8:20) (3)

-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.

On Albany CD; Quartets with the JACK Quartet, Christopher Taylor and Jamie Van Eyck



LOVE SONNETS for mezzo-soprano voice and violin (14:55) (2016) (2) +V
For 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?

Kay Ryan Settings (2014) (3)

for soprano, cello and piano (9:00) +V

For Nanette McGuinness Jewish Music & Poetry Project commission, SF Music Thursdays (sponsoroed by SFFCM)





Lady Lazarus (2005) for mezzo-soprano (6)

flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion (7) +V

A setting of the Sylvia Plath poem, Commissioned by Nicole Paiement and the Ensemble Parallele for the opening

concert of the Blueprint series at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music


Songs of Heaven and Earth (1998)

for mezzo-soprano, flute (picc.,alto), clarinet (bass),

violin, cello, piano, percussion,

and harp (28:00) (8) +V

Written and premiered by The Theater Chamber Players, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts


These Verses Hold... (1995) Setting of Petrarch for soprano, clarinet, cello, piano and percussion (4)

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



Voice and Piano

Chansons Innocentes (1996, 2004) +V

Three song set includes In Just Spring- , Hist whist, little ghost things (2000) and Tumbling-hair for voice and piano.

Hildegard Publishing, available from Theodore Presser


from Chansons Innocentes- +V

In Just Spring- (1988) for soprano and piano

Taken on tour (1997-2002) by Dawn Upshaw and Gilbert Kalish, venues include Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall- London,

Veteran's Wadsworth- Los Angeles, Theatre du Chatelet- Paris, Herbst Theater- San Francisco and

The Tanglewod Music Festival.

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


the sky a silver dissonance (1990) +V

A setting of the poem by E.E. Cummings (3:50)



Orchestra Works

             & Orchestra Works with solo instruments

(8 works)


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 artist Leni Schwendinger


Waking Dream for flute and chamber orchestra

Premiered by Christina Jennings and the UW Chamber orchestra, Nov. 14, 2009. For small or large chamber orchestra


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

for violin and chamber orchestra (or full orchestra)  Jennifer Koh, Violin

   Premiere March 2008, Miller Theater, New York City ( March 27, 2008) see NY TIMES review on review page

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

   On Albany CD with Curtis Macomber, violin soloist, and Nicole Paiement, conductor, on an Albany CD


Esprimere Concerto for cello and orchestra (2005)

On Albany CD with Matt Haimovitz, soloist, and Nicole Paiement, conductor



Oceania (La Mer) 

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

Written for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Chamber Orchestra. Premiered April 8, 2005*


Bellagio Suite (2000) for string orchestra

Written for The Cleveland Chamber Symphony. Premiere was 2/1/01 (12:00)


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

Written and premiered by The Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra of Hungary


Orchestra work with Voice

Memorial to D.C. (1986) +V

for mezzo-soprano and orchestra

Written for the University of California Symphony



Choral Works

Seven Choral Settings (1994) +V

Commissioned by the Boston University Marsh Chapel Choir, Julian Wachner, Director (revised in 1994) current title Six Choral Settings (15:00)

Repeat performance with Trinity Choir at Zankel in May 2012


Llorona from the old Mexican Song

for chorus and Guitar  (2014) +V

Written for the UW Concert Choir, Beverly Taylor, Director (15:00)

Repeat performance May 2016

For Paris  (5:00) (2017) Viola+Choir

for Solo Viola and Chorus

Premiere on April 28, 2017

featuring Sally Chisholm and the UW Choir

directed by Beverly Taylor


to listen





ARTEMISIA  (2017) +6 Voices

for 6 voices, and chamber orchestra

(and soon, also in chamber version for 7 players)



March 7/9

an opera of passion, betrayal and art in 17th century Italy

​Libretto by Ginger Strand

Times Arrow Festival
St. Paul's Chapel, New York City

Continuing their commitment to amplifying the voices of female artists across multiple mediums, this year's Time's Arrow festival juxtaposes old and new stories of the biblical character Susanna. Exploring sensitive themes of our time, the festival includes the fully staged world premiere of the new opera Artemisia and concerts of Handel's Susanna as Trinity continues its presentation of the composer's oratorios.

Composed by Laura Schwendinger with libretto by Ginger Strand, Artemisia tells the story of the Baroque artist who portrayed herself as Susanna in her famous painting Susanna and the Elders. 

March 9 at 7pm:

Laura Elise Schwendinger’s Artemisia


Heather Buck – Susanna 
Augusta Caso –  Artemisia Gentileschi 

Oliver Mercer – Agostino Tassi/Elder 1
Christopher Burchett – Cosimo di Medici/Elder 2

Richard Troxell – Tomasso/Oculist 
Creative Team
Laura Schwendinger – composer
Ginger Strand - librettist

Christopher Alden - stage director
James Smith - assistant director
Lidiya Yankovskaya - conductor
Zachary Goodman - assistant conductor
Ika Avaliani - scenic, lighting, and costume designer
Kelly Ruth Cole - production and stage manager
Mason Fick – assistant production and stage manager

Directed in workshop (1/7/17) by Julian Wachner, with libretto by Ginger Strand

Made possible by Opera America Discovery Grant

Performed by Trinity NOVUS and the amazing Julian Wachner.  Featuring Patricia Green, Marnie Breckenridge,

Andrew Fuchs, Andrew Garland, Jonathan Woody and Emily Birsan. Libretto by Ginger Strand. An opera of passion,betrayal and art, in 17th century Italy

High Wire Acts with

chamber works by

Laura Schwendinger

Dawn Upshaw performing the set that includes music by Laura Schwendinger

Susanna and the Elders (1610) by Artemisia Gentileschi. In the Schloss Weißenstein collection, in Pommersfelden, Germany. It depicts the story of Susanna from the Book of Daniel. This is the first Tableau Vivant from Schwendinger/ Strand opera ARTEMISIA


@ 2016 Laura Elise Schwendinger