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