Music as Communication

"Rudolph’s music is decidedly post-minimalistic, characterized by complex rhythms and repeated figures...the vocal writing was singable and allowed for clarity of text even when the two voices sang different words simultaneously."
Katherine Buzard, Chicago Classical Review

"Rudolph’s score is attractively minimalist and, when sung, never unclear"
Patrick O'Brien, Chicagoland Musical Theatre

The Widow's will

October 1,  2021

Streaming online

An opera by Elizabeth Rudolph with librettist Bilal Dardai about the life and legacy of Hazel Johnson.

Commissioned and Presented as a Film by Chicago Fringe Opera for The Heroes Project with the Decameron Opera Coalition.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming performances of compositions by Chicago-based composer Elizabeth Rudolph

Featured WORKS

Browse selected compositions by Elizabeth Rudolph.


the Red Death

Music and slideshow by Elizabeth Rudolph

Read by SarahAnn Sutter

Story by Edgar Allan Poe (edit: Rudolph)

"We are all bastards"
From Imogen

"We are all Bastards" from Act2 Scene2 of Imogen by Elizabeth Rudolph. In this scene we see Leonate sung by baritone Ian Murrell.


Piano and music direction by Myron Silberstein.

Imogen is a full length, contemporary opera for 11 singers based on the play Cymbeline by Shakespeare.

"Time Stops"

This song was written in June 2020 and is dedicated to all of humanity who have lost loved ones in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sung by Brian Pember
Piano by Sarah Jenks

Poetry by Julie Ann Ball

Music by Elizabeth Rudolph.

Commissions - Hire a chicago based composer

Elizabeth Rudolph is a Chicago-based composer and is sought after for art song, opera, choral, chamber, orchestral compositions and more. 

Frequently asked questions

How do I get scores and permissions to perform Elizabeth’s works?

Either contact me or go to the Lulu shop. If you buy a score on the shop, please let me know when/if you are performing my works.

How do I commission a piece from Elizabeth?

Contact me! Be sure to have some information avaialbe about the type of piece you are looking for, including but not limited to length, theme, timeline and any specific instrumenation or voice types that are desire.

I want to collaborate with Elizabeth!

I am open to many sorts of collaborations. Contact me and we’ll see if we’d make a good team!

Where can I hear Elizabeth’s music?

Check out my YouTube channel! Many of my recent works are featured here. You can also take a look at the works featured on this site.

Artist blog

"This is a place where I express my philosophy of art and talk about the creative process. Follow along to learn why create art and dive into my thoughts about the music business and what it's like to compose and sing classical music in the 21st century."


"Once I have a seed, I can use "tricks" I learned in music theory to grow the idea."

When I have an idea for a project, I sit down and think about the emotion or words that inspired me. I let my mind go a little fuzzy and wait for a musical idea. That is the magical moment, the part I can't describe. Once I have a seed, I can use "tricks" I learned in music theory to grow the idea. I turn that seed inside out and upside down. I can chop it up and sew it back together until I have something that starts to look like music. And then I edit it. And edit. And edit some more. 

Excerpt from Rest days and talking about the indescribable


Photo by Elizabeth McQuern


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