Elizabeth rudolph


"Women in composition is such a hot topic. I feel lucky to be writing right now, especially as a queer female composer."


- Interview with Chicago Fringe Opera 

About Elizabeth

Elizabeth Rudolph is a Chicago-based composer “whose music takes advantage of the rhythmic complexity of minimalism to emphasize thoughtfully composed melodic storytelling.” according to contralto Katherine Dalin. Rudolph’s music has been commissioned, performed, and/or recorded by VOX3, Third Eye Theater, New Moon Opera, Chicago Fringe Opera, Fresh Squeezed Opera, Chicago Gay Men's Chorus, Interlochen Arts Academy Chorale, and Opera on Tap-Chicago. Her evening-length opera, Imogen, had its (workshop) debut with New Moon Opera in 2019. Here, Rudolph shed convention and voiced and scripted roles to be genderless, smartly designing a work that gives more singers an opportunity to be heard and represented. Rudolph is an established classical soprano in her own right, and enjoys collaborating with working artists to create new classical music in all formats, especially art-songs. “Singing her music is always immensely musically and dramatically fulfilling.” says soprano Mary Govertsen.

Other commissions include, The Widow’s Will (soprano, mezzo, baritone, oboe/english horn and string quartet; with librettist Bilal Dardai) for Chicago Fringe Opera and the 2021 Decameron Opera Project, Petticoats&SlideRules (soprano, mezzo, violin, cello and optional piano) for Third Eye Theater Ensemble, Lincoln Square (soprano and cello) for the Chicago Fringe Opera City of Works project, Just a Phase (TTBB Choral) for the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus on the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, The Third Night (baritone, bass clarinet, and piano) for VOX3, La Belle Dame sans Merci (SATB chorale) and Incidental Music for The Tempest (mixed chamber music [and Ariel songs]), for Interlochen Center for the Arts.

She earned degrees from Roosevelt University (MM) and St. Olaf College (BM) where she studied composition with Dr. Peter Hamlin and Dr. Timothy Mahr, but began composing at the age of 14 under the tutelage of Dr. Alan Hirsch, then finished high school at Interlochen Arts Academy where she advanced her composition and music theory study with Dr. Elaine Broad-Ginsberg.


Selected List of Compositions

Vocal Music

Choral Music

Chamber & Orchestral


The Winds 1993

  •   choral piece Psalm 23

Family Relations 1997

  •   song cycle with lyrics by Julie Ball for mezzo and piano 

The Third Night 2012

  •   pair of songs with lyrics by Strindberg for bass-baritone, bass clarinet, and piano

Perfect Fog 2014

  •   duet with lyrics by Julie Ball for sop, mezzo, clarinet, and cello

4Nov2002 2014

  •   song with lyrics by Julie Ball for soprano and piano

Margaret's Curse 2016/Lady Anne 2018

  •   songs with lyrics from Richard III by Shakespeare for voice and piano

Me Gustaría Hablar 2016

  •   song cycle with lyrics by Yvonne Strumecki for soprano, violin, and piano

Breathe 2018

  •    scena with lyrics by Laura Stratford for 2 voices, piano, and string trio

Litany 2020

  • song cycle with lyrics by Yvonne Strumecki for soprano and piano   

The Lake 2020

  •    song cycle with lyrics by Julie Ball for soprano, flute/bass flute, and cello

The Winds 1993

  •   choral piece Psalm 23

Nativity 1999

  •   acappella choral set with traditional Latin text 

La Belle Dame Sans Merci 2000

  •   choral piece with lyrics by Keats

Sonata 2000

  • for viola and guitar 

Etude 2020

  •    etude for piano

Imogen 2019

  •     opera based on Cymbeline by William Shakespeare

Sliderules & Petticoats 2021

  •      a mini-opera about the life of Dr Lois Graham

The Widow's Will 2021

  •      an opera about the life and legacy of Hazel Johnson



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