Lauren Bernofsky

  • All of her works evidence a craftsmanship of the highest order.
    –Fanfare Magazine

    Hailed by Lukas Foss as “a master composer,” LAUREN BERNOFSKY has written over a hundred works, including solo, chamber, and choral music, as well as larger-scale works for orchestra, film, musical, opera, and ballet. With performances spanning the world, her music has been described as “a fantastic balance between the emotional and intellectual; technical and lyrical side of 21st Century composition.”

    She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in violin and composition from The Hartt School, a Master’s Degree in composition from the New England Conservatory, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in composition from Boston University. She has served on the faculties of the Peabody Institute and Interlochen Center for the Arts, and she gives clinics and guest conducts at schools, universities, and regional strings festivals.

    Bernofsky has received grants from The National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, The American Music Center, and The American Composers Forum. Her Sonatine won the National Flute Association’s Newly Published Music Competition, and her chamber opera, Mooch the Magnificent, won the Opera Puppets Award at Boston Metro Opera. Her compositions have been commissioned by The Del Mar Trio, The Bloomington Symphony, The Holyoke Civic Symphony, The South Shore Conservatory, Sinfonia Calcania of Boston, The Harford Ballet, Reimagining Opera for Kids, and many other ensembles and soloists.

    Bernofsky’s Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra has been featured in the journal of the International Trumpet Guild and was the subject of a doctoral dissertation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her string quartet Anacostia Journal was featured on the PBS program “NOW with Bill Moyers.”

    Bernofsky strives to capture the unique expressive potential of each instrument, an approach that has made her work popular with performers looking for new works to showcase their abilities. Her philosophy of composition is simple: music should be a joy both to play and to hear.

    Her music has been heard from Carnegie Hall to Grieg Hall (in Bergen, Norway), as well as at major conferences including those of The Midwest Clinic, the International Trombone Association, the International Women’s Brass Conference, and the American String Teachers Association. Lauren Bernofsky’s music can be heard on the Polarfonia, Emeritus, Music to My Ears, Albany, Blue Griffin, and MSR Classics labels.

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  • Cover Title (Subtitle) Duration Instrumentation
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    Song Of The Phoenix
    For Violin Solo
    144-40619 4:00 Violin
    Chamber Ensemble
    Anacostia Journal
    For String Quartet
    144-40574 12:00 String Quartet
    Blue Monkey
    For Bb Clarinet And Violin
    144-40614 2:30 Mixed Duet
    Blue Monkey
    For Flute And Bb Clarinet
    144-40617 2:30 Woodwind Duet
    Blue Monkey
    For Flute And Violin
    144-40616 2:30 Mixed Duet
    Blue Monkey
    For Two Bb Clarinets
    144-40615 2:30 Clarinet Duet
    Concerto for Trumpet BQ113 23:00 Trumpet, Piano
    The Devil’s Dermish
    For Trombone And Piano
    144-40690 10:00 Trombone, Piano
    The Duxbury Fanfare
    For Brass Quintet
    144-40622 3:00 Brass Quintet
    For Alto Saxophone And Piano
    144-40618 12:10 Alto Saxophone, Piano
    Five Songs On Poems Of Robert Herrick
    For Soprano and String Orchestra With Percussion
    141-40087 12:40 Soprano, Piano
    Mesoamerican Suite
    For Trumpet, Cello, And Percussion
    144-40653 14:30 Mixed Trio
    Pas De Deux
    For Violin and Cello
    144-40620 3:40 String Duet
    For Brass Ensemble
    144-40609 5:20 Brass Ensemble
    For Brass Quintet
    144-40607 5:20 Brass Quintet
    For Trombone Quintet
    144-40608 5:20 Trombone Ensemble
    For Trumpet and Piano
    144-40575 6:30 Trumpet with Piano
    For Flute and Piano
    144-40576 5:30 Flute, Piano
    Spring Song
    For Flute And Piano
    144-40610 2:40 Flute, Piano
    Trio for Brass BQ111 13:00 Brass Trio
    Two Latin Dances
    For Trombone And Piano
    144-40688 4:18 Trombone, Piano
    What The Moon Said
    For Baritone And String Quartet
    144-40687 9:30 Voice with Instrument
    What the Moon Said
    For Baritone Voice and Piano
    141-40094 9:30 Voice and Piano
    Abendstern CAS117 3:00 String Orchestra
    Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra 21712 23:00 Solo Tpt.; 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 2(B.Tbn.) 0; Timp. Perc. Str.
    Five Songs on Poems of Robert Herrick
    for Soprano and String Orchestra with Percussion
    21711 00:12:40 Solo Sop.; Perc. Str.
    Three Portraits of a Witch
    Version for Chamber Orchestra
    21768 00:14:00 1(dbl. Picc.) 1 1(dbl. B.Cl.) 1 – 1 1 2(B.Tbn.) 0; 1Perc. Str.
    Three Portraits of a Witch
    Version for Orchestra
    21769 00:14:30 3(Picc.) 3 3(B.Cl.) 2 – 2 2 3(B.Tbn.) 1; 2Perc. Str.
    Children’s Opera
    Mooch The Magnificent
    A Children’s Opera In One Act
    441-41028 40:00 Chamber Ensemble
    Rufus and Rita 441-41030 30:00 Solo Voices 4 (any voice parts), Piano

  • All of her works evidence a craftsmanship of the highest order.
    –Fanfare Magazine

    …[a] perfectly structured, extremely exposed and virtuoso piece. …effective enough to make one’s jaw drop.
    Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival Blog

  • Drumpetello: The Beginning of Everything DRUMPETELLO: THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING
    Summit Records (721); May 1, 2018
    Performer(s): Drumpetello (Mary Thornton, trumpet; Carrie Pierce, cello; Matthew McClung, percussion)
    Work(s): Mesoamerican Suite
    Breaking Ground BREAKING GROUND
    MSR Classics (MS1658); June 5, 2017
    Performer(s): Natalie Mannix, trombone, Stephanie Bruning, piano
    Work(s): Two Latin Dances
    It's About Time IT’S ABOUT TIME
    Blue Griffin Recording (BGR427); February 1, 2017
    Performer(s): Ava Ordman, trombone, Derek Kealii Polischuk, piano
    Work(s): The Devil’s Dermish
    Three American Concertos THREE AMERICAN CONCERTOS
    David Cooper (); November 1, 2015
    Performer(s): David Cooper, trumpet, Elaina Burns, piano
    Work(s): Concerto for Trumpet
    New Horizons NEW HORIZONS
    Emeritus Recordings (20133); July 5, 2013
    Performer(s): Christopher Wilson, trumpet, Lauren Schack Clark, piano
    Work(s): Saltarello
    Brass Trios BRASS TRIOS
    Albany Records (TROY1222); October 1, 2010
    Performer(s): The University of Maryland Brass Trio (Chris Gekker, trumpet, Gregory Miller, French horn, Matthew Guilford, trombone)
    Work(s): Trio for Brass

  • Grant from The National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts
    Grant from The American Music Center
    Grant from The American Composers Forum
    Longfellow Chorus Award of Distinction
    Excellence in Composition Award from the Brass Chamber Music Forum
    Winner, Dalai Lama Composition Contest

  • Five Songs on Poems of Robert Herrick
    for Soprano and String Orchestra
    with Percussion
    Mooch the Magnificent
    A Children’s Opera in One Act
    for Brass Ensemble
    Three Portraits of a Witch
    for Orchestra
    Three Portraits of a Witch
    for Chamber Orchestra