Jewish Theme

Instrumentation: Piano Trio Duration: 4:45 Commission: Kandinsky Trio Premiere: 1/26/13 Olin Theatre; Roanoke College Roanoke, VA Program Note: Long Story Shortis a brief piano trio commissioned by and dedicated to the Kandinsky Trio on the occasion of their 25thAnniversary.  Music, whether specifically programmatic or not, as in this case, suggests narrative through gesture, dynamics, instrumental techniques, pace, tempo, and all of the myriad elements ...

SATB Chorus (2:30)

SSA Chorus, String Quartet (optional), Piano (6:00)

I composed ‘Tis You, a setting of Amy Lowell’s poem, Listening, for the Centennial of Douglass College. Created for the Voorhees Choir, in my day the women’s chorus of Douglass (now of Rutgers University), the premiere takes place on 12/3/17 during the Yule Log Ceremony at the Voorhees Chapel on the Douglass campus.

The UVA Percussion Ensemble, led by I-Jen Fang, has commissioned a percussion quintet

“…interesante uso de los silencios para que todo cree unaconversacion entre los instrumentos perfectamente bien balanceados.” –El Nuevo Dia

Amplified piano and percussion (8:15)

3/29/12 6:00 PM–8:00 p.m. The Library of Virginia Lecture Hall & Lobby 800 East Broad Street Richmond, VA 23219

Soprano or Mezzo and Piano (4:10)

Electronic playback, with optional video by Kim Yantis (3:04)

I had the great pleasure of serving as a Master Artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, FL, from 5/10 – 6/1/13. The Center is the marvelous brainchild of sculptor Doris Leeper and is set in gorgeous natural surroundings, with boardwalks used to connect the buildings. The staff is terrific ...

Albany Pro Musica, with conductor David Griggs-Janower “Pieces like…Judith Shatin’s Adonai Ro’i were beautifully shaped and provided a calm relief from the cheery folk styles.”  – Times Union, Joseph Dalton

SATB Chorus (2:00)

“Judith Shatin’s powerful Akhmatova Songs are luminous settings of three poems by the iconic Russian poet. While handsomely contrasting in mood, all three songs boast crystalline text settings and an ear for darkly glittering instrumental sonorities. The arresting second song, All Is Plundered, speaks of how the void left by an unnamed catastrophe is filled ...

Soprano or Mezzo, Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello, Piano (13:10)

Soprano or mezzo and piano (13:10)

SATB Chorus + brief soprano solo (4:00)

“The composer’s notes on this piece, a three-and-a-half minute elaboration of the word “Alleluia,” associate it with the September 11 terrorist attacks, saying that her intent is “to express a blend of comfort and defiance, to sing against the dark, but in knowledge of it.” Although the tempo indication is “Gently,” I find the effect ...

SSA Chorus (1:12)

Soprano and organ (6:00)

Concerto for Viola and Orchestra


Three-part chorus, flute, cello, piano

Oboe (8:00 +, variable)


Orchestra: 2,2,2,2,2,2,2,1, 3 perc, strings (18:35)

Piano (1:14)

Voice (1:00)

SSA (4 movements, 2 available) Purchase from Colla Voce Music

SSA (4 movements, 2 available) Purchase from Colla Voce Music

Wind Ensemble, electronics & stereo playback system; optional video and optional interactive electronics using MYO controller. Also available with either DVD or stereo playback device. (10:00)

Being in Time is a piece for wind ensemble, gesture-controlled interactive music and interactive video. But, it is much more than that! With a $21,000 grant from UVA’s Arts in Action program, this project involved a wonderful team. It started with my discussing the idea with my colleague Bill Pease, our director of bands. I had ...

Being in Time is an Arts-in-Action project sponsored by the University of Virginia. Scored for conductor-controlled electronics, wind ensemble, and interactive video, it reflects a collaborative effort by team members from the McIntire Department of Music and Engineering School. I will introduce the piece on Friday, 4/18/14 at 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. at Open ...

SATB Chorus (4:25)

Birkat Hakohanim, known in English as The Priestly Blessing, is drawn from the Bible, Numbers 6:23-27, of which I have set verses 24-26. Michael Slon, Director of the University Singers at UVA, wanted to commission a piece for the ensemble that would be a Hebrew setting of the original. He had heard it at a ...

Orchestra (wind quintet, brass quintet, 2 percussion, strings (min. 6,5,4,3,2) and electronics. (15:35)

Carnegie Hall commissioned a new piece to premiere on October 28, 2016 at Zankel Hall at Carnegie. Meanwhile, I gave a public presentation on the technology and tried  out some sketches, called Red Moon, at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music in New York on March 5, 2016 in their CoLABoratory series. More details here. After the music ...

Program Notes

Capstone releases Piping the Earth, a disk of Shatin’s Orchestral Music (PDF – piping_pr)

Piano/Mezzo-soprano (one or two players, 20:00)

Shatin’s Tower of the Eight Winds (Violin and Piano) receives a review by  New Music Box

Piano (21:00)

3/2/12 8:00 p.m. St. Petersburg College; St. Petersburg, FL Pianist Chai Variations on Eliahu HaNavi

3/4/12 8:00 p.m. Steinway Piano Series University of South Florida; Tampa, FL Pianist Chai Variations on Eliahu HaNavi

“…Pieces by Brooklyn native Jennifer Higdon, flutist Katherine Hoover, and China’s Jing Jing Luo serve as appetizers to the disc’s centerpiece — University of Virginia professor Judith Shatin’s 20-movement tour-de-force “Chai Variations”….” –The Palm Beach Post “…The most substantial work featured on the disc is Chai Variations, a 20-movement, 21-minute tour de force for solo piano by ...

“…Judith Shatin’s music has been well received in the pages of this magazine, including by myself. I have commented on her strong ability to create a narrative pulse in her work, calling her a natural story teller. That quality is much in evidence in this large and compelling composition. Chai Variations takes its main theme ...

Kyle Gann’s article on Judith Shatin appears in the March/April 2012 issue of Chamber Music magazine and is posted here by permission of Chamber Music America.

Amplified clarinet and multichannel or stereo electronics (7:52)

“…a new virtual landscape, completely natural and alive with a quiet serenity so powerful one can almost  smell the cherry blossoms…” – The Clarinet Review  “The quietude and spaciousness of Judith Shatin’s Cherry Blossom and a Wrapped Thing are wonderful things. Cherry Blossom has rich and sumptuous electronics that envelope the clarinet in a blissful and dreamy sonic fabric.” ...

“…a new virtual landscape, completely natural and alive with a quiet serenity so powerful one can almost smell the cherry blossoms.” – The Clarinet Review, Eric Mandat “Judith Shatin’s elegant Cherry Blossom and a Wrapped Thing; After Hokusai, for amplified clarinet and multi-channel audio…aptly evoked the sensibilities of the original art and was easily the best piece ...

Electronic music for 1:11 film

Electronic playback (4 movements, 19:00)

“Shatin’s Civil War Memories: Inside Out was one of the more compelling works. The audio electronically manipulates a short spoken text telling of the looted bodies of Civil War casualties. – The Miami Herald

Flute, Bb clarinet, tenor sax, violin, viola, cello, piano, percussion (9:45)

“Clave sounds like a deconstructed West Side Story, capturing the tropical heat and playfulness of the bomba beat” – The Kansas City Star

4/1/12 4:00 p.m. Christopher Newport University Ferguson Concert Hall Selah (female vocal quartet + harp, commissioned by Scottish Voices) CMS Regional Conference Website

As a composer, one never knows what path will open up in front of one! When pianist Mary Kathleen Ernst approached me about participating in a large-scale residency project in 1990, I had no idea that I was in for the journey of a lifetime! She applied to the Lila Acheson Wallace – Readers Digest ...

Chorus, Appalachian Ensemble, Synthesizer, Electronics (80:00, can be excerpted)

The Journal String Poet has commissioned a piece to be inspired by the winner of its 2014 poetry competition. This unusual program combines a poetry prize with a musical response. The piece will be premiered in September, 2014 at the same time as the reading of the poem at the Long Island Violin Shop in ...

Symphonic Band (3:30)

3/7-10/12 Performances of Hearing the Call, Elijah’s Chariot & View From Mt. Nebo Lectures and Forums More Info

Solo Flute (3:00)

Viola and piano (6:10)

Flute and guitar (13:45)

“Judith Shatin has a strong musical personality, an assurance made firmer by this CD; it’s a major release.” – New Music Connoisseur *** “There is an earthy, even primeval energy in such pieces as Stringing the Bow and The Passion of St. Cecilia that breaks from the shackles of formality. This music has both a savage roar and, ...

Instrumentation: Organ Commission: Gail Archer Premiere: 4/11/18 Convocation Hall, University of Alberta Alberta, CA Program Note: The title Dust and Shadow comes from Book IV, Ode vii of the Odes of Horace. The original Latin is ‘Pulvis et umbra sumus. (We are but dust and shadow.) It speaks to our ephemeral natures, and suggests to me that of music as well ...

“….the risk they run with an almost encyclopedic repertoire was more than compensated by the discovery of…Judith Shatin, of whom we appreciated a splendid Elijah’s Chariot.” – Il Gazzettino (Vicenza) “….More interesting was Elijah’s Chariot by Judith Shatin, which used the taped sound of the shofar (the rams’ horn used by Jews during a High ...

String Quartet and electronic playback (19:45)

Solo Voice (1:40)

Judith Shatin, Kenan Professor of Music at the University of Virginia, writes music that is satisfyingly challenging, music that forces listeners to face up to their own perceptions of music, what it is and how it relates to other artistic disciplines.

2 Trpt, 2 trmb, tuba or 2 trpt, 2 trmb, horn (9:45)

“…Having commissioned composer Judith Shatin to rework her piano concerto “The Passion of St. Cecilia” into a solo version, Henry performed the new piece, “Fantasy on St. Cecilia” in its world premiere at this recital. Opening with spine-tingling lower register reverberations, the piece seemed little more than a presentation of slightly outdated ideas. However, any ...

Piano (16:40)

Solo Flute (8:00)

Jefferson, In His Own Words, is based entirely on the writings of Thomas Jefferson, and gives an intimate view of Jefferson as both a public servant and private citizen. Excerpts 1. Political Passion 2. Head and Heart 3. Justice Never Sleeps 4. Freedom of Reason Perusal Score

The For the Birds and I Am Rose, with text by Gertrude Stein, will be performed, with the former by Kyra Saltman and the latter by the CCPA Conservatory Chorale, conducted by Mark Crayton. Both will be on the 7:30 p.m. final program at Ganz Hall of Roosevelt University. Shatin will also give a series ...

Featured at the 2012 International Viola Congress ” … musically riveting and brilliantly devised for the instrument...”  The Strad Doxa Score (viola & piano) Audio Excerpt: Doxa

Violin and piano or Violin, viola, cello, contrabass and piano (19:00)

Soprano, Mezzo, Tenor, Baritone, Bass, Piano (orchestrated version, with fl, bssn, vln, vcl, hpschd) (55:00)

Amplified cello and electronic playback (14:00)

The story of For the Birds has two main sources: my strong interest in finding ways to can call attention to the animals we live among and the importance of maintaining their habitats, and my friendship with the extraordinary cellist Madeleine Shapiro. In this piece, I wanted to draw attention to the remarkable voices of ...

“Judith Shatin’s For the Birds…is immediately appealing in its voluptuous blend of nature and electronics.” – Seen and Heard International Concert Review, Bruce Hodges

Amplified Cello and Stereo Electronics (7:02)

Amplified Flute and Stereo Electronics (7:02)

Amplified soprano sax and stereo electronics (7:02)

Amplified Trumpet and stereo electronics (7:02)

Flute and piano (9:00)

Flute and cello (6:00); Purchase from Arsis Press

“Gazebo Music, Judith Shatin’s flute and cello piece composed for an open-air performance, effectively evokes a nature scene without resorting to blatant pastoral imitation.” – The Washington Post

I composed Gazebo Music, for flute and cello, while I was participating in a composer/choreographer workshop at the American Dance Festival held at Duke University in Durham, NC in the summer of 1981. There was an incredible heat wave, and we were housed in dorms at Duke University with no air conditioning. We would  hang ...

Electronic playback (1:00)

Solo viola, string orchestra, piano (18:00)

Solo viola, string quartet, piano *(18:00)

Amp. piano trio & stereo electronics (10:15)

Program Notes

Any of the following, either individually or in combination, amplified: bassoon, clarinet, bass clarinet, mezzo, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, viola, cello, marimba, multi-percussion, piano + electronics and optional video) (5:11)

Judith Shatin’s Grito del Corazón combined washes of harmony in tape and saxophone …with a video whose shifting shapes moved with convincing (and often disturbing) physicality. The music and video grew together over the course of the work – the sax into melodies, and the video into human and animal forms dimly emerging. Both music ...

Tenor Sax, electronic playback and optional video

Judith returns to theGregor’s Dream on their July 24th program in the Benedict Music Tent, together with music by Reich (Vermont Counterpoint), Respighi (Violin Sonata in B minor) and Mozart (Piano and Wind Quintet in E-flat major, K. 452). You can purchase tickets here. Judith will also give a talk for the Composition Fellows, and ...

SATB chorus and piano (3:10)

Instrumentation : 2 Trumpets (Bb) and 2 snare drums (2:00)

When I was approached to compose a fanfare for the National Symphony as part of their Hechinger commission for their series of 25 fanfares, I was immediately intrigued.  While the scope was limited to a duration of two minutes and a small subgroup, it sounded like a fun project. As I thought about these criteria, ...

“….With the distinguished exception of “Hearing the Call,” a brief, effective fanfare in the form of double duet for two snare drums and two trumpets by Judith Shatin, this was an all-Beethoven program….” –Washington Post

“….Judith Shatin’s two-minute Hearing the Call – smartly, crisply scored for two trumpets and two snare drums – is the eponymous work for this collection, and is the perfect ceremonial attention-getter. She follows this work up with Fantasìa sobre el Flamenco for two trumpets, two trombones, and tuba (1998), a clash of bright and dark ...

Electronic playback (11:10)

Cello, piano, percussion (Theater Piece) (55:00)

Electronic playback (3:08)

SSA + electronic playback (3:00)

Instrumentation:  SATB Chorus Duration  5:15 Commission:  The Illinois Wesleyan University Collegiate Choir, J. Scott Ferguson, conductor and made possible by the Sylvia Monti Anderson Commissioned Choral Work Fund honoring Delta Omicron at Illinois Wesleyan University. Premiere:3/2/19First Presbyterian ChurchSpringfield, IL Program Note: I Love is a setting of verse XXIX of the thirty in Gertrude Stein’s poem Before the Flowers of Friendship Faded Friendship Fadedand is used by permission granted by the Estate of Gertrude Stein, through its Literary Executor, Mr. Stanford Gann, Jr. of Levin & Gann, P.A.  Stein’s extended ...

Violin and piano (18:00)

String Orchestra + Electronics fashioned from field recordings of glaciers (12:00)

My music often reflects my experience of and concerns about the world around us. Ice Becomes Water is informed by the danger that scientists are warning about caused by human-induced climate change.

Piano Trio (15:00)

“The other recent piece here is Ignoto Numine, a fine 15-minute work by the intriguing Judith Shatin. The profusion of musical ideas is both engaging and splendidly controlled; and it gets a committed reading.” – San Francisco Chronicle *** “Judith Shatin is Professor of Music at the University of Virginia. Her quarter-hour, single-movement work explores ‘the mystery of ...

“…The direction is from simplicity to complexity, clarity to mysticism . Tension builds to a final coda where instruments can no longer contain it, and the players are forced to join in vocally. This is another intriguing piece, in another very personal idiom.”   –Fanfare  *** “The other recent piece here is Ignoto Numine, a fine 15-minute ...

Illinois Wesleyan University has had an annual Symposium of Contemporary Music since 1952, and I am delighted to be the featured composer this year, with great thanks to composer David Vayo for his tremendous organizational efforts. It will be a packed couple of days, 11/16-17/17! I will be giving a talk on Thursday, 11/16 at ...

To Keep the Dark Away: Pianist Gayle Martin and Composer Judith Shatin

Narration_Jefferson_In_His_Own_Words Program Notes

“Shatin engages complex rhythms and timbre-play to create a fascinating palette of sound for what is essentially an orchestra-narrator duet. Maestro Steven Smith was attuned to this balance, and, just as importantly, to the shape of the music on its own….In the first movement, Political Passion, rhythms crackled like the fire in front of which ...

Narrator, 2 Fl (dbl picc), 2 ob (dbl Eng Hn), 2 cl, 2 bssn, 2 hrn, 2 trpts, 2 trmb, tba, tymp, 2 perc, strings (25:00)

The VCCA is a working retreat for visual artists, writers and composers, and Judith has had a half-dozen wonderful residencies, composing pieces such as Glyph, Ruah, Amulet, Spin and several others. The VCCA is on a beautiful estate very near Sweet Briar College.

Judith gave a talk on her work at the New World School of the Arts on Wed, Jan 15, 12-1, followed by work with composition students. Thursday afternoon, at 3:30, she gave another talk at the Florida International University Lincoln Rd. Studios, followed by a concert on Saturday, at 2:00 p.m. at the beautiful For ...

Judith is featured Artist of the Week on Radio Arts Indonesia, Nov. 30 – Dec. 6.This is a great chance to check out the huge range of her music. Just go to the Contemporary page under featured, for several opportunities to hear her music!

Judith has been chosen one of the top 26 women professors in Virginia for her innovative work combining the sounds of the world around us, both natural and built, in her award-winning compositions.

Amplified flute, computer interface to run Max-MSP (version 5 or higher), foot pedal and stereo playback (16:00)

The Kandinsky Trio has commissioned a new trio for their 25th Anniversary Season

Percussion Quintet (battery percussion) (6:30)

Soprano, flute and piano (1:00)

“Two works by Judith Shatin, her LíÈtude du Coeur for Solo Viola (1984) and her Doxa for Viola and Piano (a world premiere; both are dedicated to Glyde) proved musically riveting and brilliantly devised for the instrument.” – The Strad

Trumpet, bassoon, piano (15:00)

Oboe and English Horn (3:45)

Oboe and viola (3:45)

here. It has received lots of warm response, including this from Jazz Weekly: “The closing “Elijah’s Chariot” with The Cassatt String Quartet and electronics ends the album as a true Baal buster with lots of moments that are both cerebral and visceral.” –George W. Harris

Viola (6:30)

Vocal quartet and piano 4-hands (19:00)

Judith served as  Master Artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts  May 12-June 2, 2013, working with an exciting group of Associate Artists. Writer Geoff Dyer and Performance Artist Cosco Fusco are the other Master Artists for this residency.

Clarinet (9:00)

Instrumentation: Brass Quintet Fanfare

Many ingredients go into Judith Shatin’s music. While it is informed by a deep sense of musical history, it is just as much a by-product of her profound desire to search for new sounds. It is also deeply inspired by history itself, but not as an artifact. Rather it is something that is malleable and ...

“…The works by Shatin are more challenging technically, but are worth the extra effort for their unusual and attractive atmospheres. Gabriel’s Wing won the National Flute Association’s Published Music Competition in 1992. …Judith Shatin (b.1949) is an American composer and flautist. familiar with the possibilities of the instrument in both traditional and extended techniques. She ...

New Music Box interview with Frank J. Oteri (video) : Judith Shatin’s Multiple Histories

“…Judith Shatin’s childlike round “Nun, Gimel, Hei, Shin” … sweetly echoes the spinning of the Hanukkah dreidel.” – Michael Barnes, Austin American-Statesman

Instrumentation: Three-part chorus with optional piano accompaniment. Purchase from Colla Voce

Wind quintet and piano (18:00)

“…Judith Shatin… writes in the most advanced style among these five works (using, for example, a prepared piano), but her writing is accessible and sustains interest throughout. Her Ockeghem Variations is not really in variation form at all, but includes five self-contained movements titled “Lustrous,” “Ringing,” “Electric,” “Floating,” and “Resounding.” The work is based on ...

“After the intermission, Ockeghem Variations received yet another excellent performance….The ensemble playing was both rock solid and quite beautiful. The variations – Lustrous, Ringing, Electric, Floating, and Resounding – were full of charm, jazzy exuberance, and moodiness….” –Susan Miron,

Ockeghem Variations has a history that begins in Amsterdam, where I was travelling with my husband Michael, and where I met up with flutist Wout van den Berg, the director of the Hexagon Ensemble, as well as a couple of his colleagues. I knew of the group’s broad repertoire, and we discussed the possibility of ...

Instrumentation: SATB Chorus

Instrumentation: Cello

When violist Rozanna Weinberger and I first began discussing a piece for viola and electronics, I started thing about possible jumping off points, something I always do when starting a new piece. It was then that the story of Penelope, wife of Ulysses, jumped into my mind, and I thought about how her story is ...

Amplified clarinet & electronics from weaving sounds (9:07)

Amplified cello & electronics from weaving sounds (9:07)

Amplified flute & electronics from weaving sounds (9:07)

Soprano sax & electronics from weaving sounds (9:07)

Amplified viola & electronics from weaving sounds (9:07)

Amplified violin & electronics from weaving sounds

Pianist Misa Ito will perform To Keep the Dark Away at the XXXV Foro Internacional de Musical Nueva Manuel Enriquez inMexico City – May 26, 12PM.

Orchestra: 3 fl (3rd dbl picc), 3 oboes (3rd dbl eng hn), 3 cl, 3 bssn, 4 hns, 3 trpt, 2 trmb, tba, 3 perc, timpani, hrp, strings (8:30)

“Two new CD’s of music by Judith Shatin…offer convincing proof that she is a leading figure among composers in this country….Her mastery of colorful and imaginative instrumentation and subtle compositional technique are evident.” – C-ville Review “The evening’s high point came midway through the second half, with the premiere of Judith Shatin’s exuberant and captivating Piping the ...

“The evening’s high point came midway through the second half, with the premiere of Judith Shatin’s exuberant and captivating ‘Piping the Earth.’ Vividly orchestrated and bursting with imaginative detail, the piece grabs a listener’s attention right from the opening moement, an ominous stillness in which a low wind can be heard creeping through the bassoons, ...

“Piping the Earth is a colorful and crowd-pleasing piece that works well in many concert contexts. It was a great pleasure for me and for the Richmond Symphony to discover this score, and our audiences loved the color, sweep and drama. It comments nicely on other orchestral pieces, or stands well by itself.” ...

When I was commissioned to compose an orchestral piece for the Women’s Philharmonic, with support both from the orchestra and National Endowment for the Arts Composition Fellowship, I did not begin with a clear idea of the composition. Rather, I let various ideas percolate, and kept my musical antennae up. One day, I attended a ...

Piano and electronics (12:00)

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Instrumentation: Violin, viola, clarinet, bass clarinet

Saxophonist Bill Perconti has released a CD, Women Composers and Their Music for Saxophone, on the Centaur label, including Shatin’s Grito del Corazon, for alto sax and electronics.

My residency, organized and with thanks to Dan Welcher, starts on Sunday, 10/1/17, with the performance of Being in Time for wind ensemble and electronics by the UT-Austin Wind Ensemble, conducted by the inestimable Jerry Junkin at 4:00 p.m. in the Bates Recital Hall. Originally scored for wind ensemble, conductor-controlled electronics and interactive video, this ...

Amplified String Quartet and electronic playback (14:55)

  “Pieces like Michael Horvit’s “Even When God is Silent” and Judith Shatin’s “Adonai Ro’i” were beautifully shaped and provided a calm relief from the cheery folk styles. The best composition and performance of the night was probably “There Will Be Rest,” Frank Ticheli’s extended setting of two stanzas by Sara Teasdale.” – Joseph Dalton,   “Adonai ...

“In Judith Shatin’s monodrama ”Carreno” (not to be confused with Pamela Ross’s one-woman show of the same name running Off Broadway), Ms. Innerarity took the stage by storm. Teresa Carreno (1853-1917), a famous Venezuelan pianist, singer, conductor and composer, was something of a dynamo herself, and Ms. Innerarity, an accomplished actress and soprano and a passable ...

Premier Of COAL – Anna Larson: February 1995 ILWC Journal  It was Clara Boone’s idea to get up a carload of musicians and friends and take a Sunday drive out to Shepherdstown, West Virginia, to see the premiere of Judith Shatin”s new composition, COAL. The fall weather was exquisite, and as we travelled westward into the mountains, I ...

“Luminous seems the best word to describe this piece. I Am Rose shimmers and lingers, using harmonic clusters and repeating rhythmic figures to create what the composer refers to as ” a kind of mantra.”

“The Jabberwocky, by Judith Shatin, English text, ECS, 6977, TTBB a cappella. This fanciful, creative work is brilliantly conceived and constructed to the famous poem by Lewis Carroll (1832-1898). The piece opens with appropriate nonsense syllables on fast rhythms that must be sung with extreme accuracy. Humor is extremely important as you work to create ...

Instrumentation: Computer music video/film (HD or DVD available for presentation)

One day, in late spring 2005, I was sitting in my office, upstairs in Old Cabell Hall, looking at the flow of life on the Lawn. I had often been delighted by the feeling of life on the Lawn, and by the shifting weather patterns above it. But this time, I suddenly saw the scene ...

Instrumentation: Trombone

“Judith Shatin…shows a rich and disciplined imagination in her … Ruah (‘Air, Wind or Breath’) for flute and orchestra. In Hebrew, as in many other languages, the word for ‘breath’ is also the word for ‘spirit’ (which is the Latin word for ‘breath’), and Ruah is, in fact, a multifaceted essy on the human spirit, its windlike freedom of ...

“…is beautifully performed and recorded on the Composer’s Recordings label by flutist Renee Siebert….it is a multifaceted essay on the human spirit, its wind like freedom of movement and volatile changes of mood, summarized in the titles of the three movements: Soaring, Serence, and Impassioned. ” – Washington Post

Chamber Orchestra: 1111/111/str (23:00)

Flute and Piano (23:00)

Piano Quartet (8:25)

Piano (3:05)

Amplified clarinet, with pvc tube extensions, mics, and effects procesor (such as digitech tsr-24); Max-MSP version in process (13:45)

Flute, clarinet, violin, cello (14:00)

“…Judith Shatin takes an evident delight in the textural possibilities of sound, and her Secret Ground played freely with techniques for flute, clarinet, cello and violin. But Shatin never used effects for their own sake. This was highly inventive music on every level: hugely enjoyable and deeply involving, with a constant sense of surprise.” – Washington ...

Female vocal quartet (or chorus) + harp (18:00)

Female vocal quartet or women’s chorus + harp (15:00)

Instrumentation: SSA Chorus

Shatin Composer-in-Residence 2012 Women Composers Festival of Hartford 3/7-10/12

Judith Shatin is a composer, William R. Kenan Jr. professor of music at U.Va. and director of the Virginia Center for Computer Music. She is known for her dramatic music, ranging from choral and orchestral to electronic and multimedia.

Virginia Women in History Poster 2012

Shatin to be featured Composer at Roosevelt University Electro-acoustic Festival 4/12/2013

Shatin to serve as Master Artist, Atlantic Center for the Arts, May 13-June 2, 2013

Now that the political struggles have settled somewhat at The University of Virginia, it’s time to get down to what’s really important at Mr. Jefferson’s academical village: The renovation of his beloved Rotunda.

Nun, Gimel, Hei, Shin – Shatin’s popular Hanukah round, available from Colla Voce Music

Composing Sic Transit, scored for percussionist and CADI (Configurable Drumming Machine), was quite the adventure!
CADI was created by Scott Barton, Steve Kemper and Troy Rogers, then students in our Composition and Computing Technologies PhD program at UVA. They founded the company EMMI, and have created several fascinating music performance robots. Steve set up CADI at ...

Instrumentation: Percussionist (2 Singing Bowls of different sizes, 5 temple blocks, med. sus. cymbal, 2 timbales, snare, 2 bongos, fingercymbal) and CADI (Configurable Automated Drumming Machine), (finger cymbal, high and low woodblock, high and low cowbell, tambourine)

Flute (5:00)

Mezzo, Baritone, Orchestra (2,2, 2,2,2,2,2,1,2, strings) electronics (CD) made from indigenous wild animal calls (14:00)

“Judith Shatin is a nationally-and internationally-known composer, recipient of many commissions and awards, and a professor of music at UVA. She has composed electronic music as well as music for conventional instruments and voices. Singing the Blue Ridge combines all these media with superb success.  It can be described as a cantata in four movements ...

Instrumentation: Soprano and viola, also available for soprano and clarinet

Skool Supplies , a group of students from Sabot Point School in Richmond, plays Everyday Music inspired by their experience with me, and sent this delightful video as a thank-you! We worked together on my Tape Music Infinity piece, for any number of participants and stereo electronics made from recordings of myself tearing, squashing, ...

Sound and Music Computing 2012 conference in Copenhagen features Judith Shatin as featured composer

Instrumentation: SATB Chorus + piano (also check out version for SATB + chamber orchestra)

Examples from Judith Shatin’s Songwriting Class at UVA, Fall 2013 Ex 1: Christina Choi, Lie to Me, ©2013, All Rights Reserved Ex 2: Elizabeth Janus, Pay No Mind , ©2013, All Rights Reserved Ex 3: Alex Bryant, There’s No Sin in Cousin, ©2013, All Rights Reserved

Teaching songwriting seems an oxymoron to some; don’t songs just flow? We know it’s true, as many songwriters tell us so. Why I’ve had that experience myself! And yet, having studied music since age 5, and barely remembering a time before I would run to our clunky old upright as soon as I woke up, ...


Instrumentation: Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, Violin, Viola Cello

“From a very simple initial concept, Judith Shatin carves a brief but very effective little piece, Spin. Scored for a sextet comprising flute, clarinet, bassoon, violin, viola, and cello, Shatin explores multiple types of spin as applied to music, from chords that unfold and collapse back onto themselves through to dance rhythms that spin between ...

“Judith Shatin’s Spin is a slightly jazzy piece that is light on its feet…”  – All Music

Instrumentation Amp. fl, cl, vln, vcl, pno, interactive electronics (Max-MSP5 or higher)

“ The ensemble closed the program with Judith Shatin’s Spring Tides (2009), a rich evocation of the power of nature, with technical effects (creating wind sounds by blowing almost tonelessly into a flute and clarinet) giving way to lush textures that blended instruments with their distant-sounding electronic echoes.” – The New York Times

Amp. tenor sax and electronics (6:50)

String Orchestra (15:00)

“ is a marvelously inventive piece, informed with a fine sense of musical logic and a precise knowledge of the special qualities of string instruments and what makes them sound good in ensemble.  The music showed a composer fully in control of her material at all points and attuned to what makes an ...

Arsis Press

“Study in Black is a well written composition for flute and percussion and would require two mature and musical players to perform it. It would be appropriate for either a college flute recital or a percussion recital. The publisher is to be commended on the printing of the work.”  – John Beck , Percussive Notes

Instrumentation: Cello

Soprano and Piano (1:30)

5.1 Surround Sound Electronics (7:14)

Quad Electronics (7:14)

Instrumentation: Stereo electronics Duration: 7:14 Premiere: 5/20/13 Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL Program Note: Tape Music is a meditation on tape as a collection of materials that are emblematic of our throwaway culture and yet can be used to mend items that would otherwise be thrown away themselves. It is also a nostalgic tribute to the genre of tape ...

Here’s my take on Tape Music! I took packing tape, masking tape, binding tape, scotch tape, you-name-it-tape, and brought it to The Sound Studio in Charlottesville, where mic expert and composer Scott Barton assisted with the session, as did The Sound’s own Mark Graham. We used a bunch of mics, including Telefunken, Beyer and KSM, ...

Instrumentation: Small cardboard box, blunt pencil or similar object, packing tape on a dispenser with teeth, and stereo electronics Duration: 5:00 Premiere: 11/2/13 Third Practice Festival, University of Richmond, Richmond, VA Program Note:  Tape Music∞ (2013) is a participatory performance piece for any number of participants plus stereo electronics created from recordings I made of myself ripping, cutting and otherwise playing with tape ...

There is something wonderful about the combination of low-tech & hi-tech, about participation that is open to all coupled with music made from the everyday world around us. Every time I conduct Tape Music∞, as I did last weekend during my portrait concert at the Bakehouse Arts Complex in Miami, I see a combination of ...

Shofar (Yemenite style, Eb pitch), 3 hrns, 2 trpts, 2 trmbs, timpani (9:00)

When Aron Zelkowitz, founder of the Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival, approached me about a commission for a program of music celebrating the calendar Jewish year, and in particular the High Holidays, I was eager to compose a piece for this season of renewal, but not quite sure how to proceed. The instrumentation was for shofar, ...


“…performer Ronald Schneider played the visually more spectacular impala hord, which only lent to the grandeur of Judith Shatin’s Teurah,  a premiere commissioned by the ;festival and the Jewish Music Commission of Los Angeles. Similar to her fascinating chamber work, Elijah’s Chariot, …Shatin wonderfully used the other instruments in Teruah  to extend the essence of ...

SATB Chorus (4:45)

Men’s Chorus: TTBB

Typically, when commissioned to compose choral pieces, I spend at least half of my time researching possible texts. I love the process, but at the same time often find it frustrating! There are often copyright issues to contend with that are difficult to resolve. And even when not, there is such a huge trove of ...

Instrumentation: String Quartet

Instrumentation: SSA + piano

Instrumentation: Solo piano, 2 fl (2nd dbl picc), 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bssn, 2 tpts in C, 2 Hn, 2 trmb, 1 tba, 3 perc, strings

Instrumentation: SSA Chorus and Electronics. Purchase directly from Colla Voce Music

Soprano (or mezzo), flute, viola and harp (18:00)

Instrumentation Soprano, Flute, Viola, Harp Duration 19:00

Instrumentation: Mezzo or soprano and electronic playback

Oboe and 2 percussion (2 bongos, 3 rototoms, tambourine, 2 timables, large and small brake drum, medium tamtam and bow)(2 bongos, claves, flexatone and bow, 1 maraca, slapstick, 5 temple blocks 2 tomtoms, vibraslap) (9:30)

“….the wonderful music on this CD, and above all the opening work, Glyph (from 1984), which means a kind of carving.This work consists of beautiful, sweeping, imaginative music in four movements titled Luminous, Flickering, Ecstatic and Incandescent.

Time to Burn reviewed in Croatian e-zine

Time to Burn CD I am thrilled that my new CD, Time to Burn, has been released, and you can get it at Innova Recordings. The wonderful Cassatt Quartet bookends the CD with performances of Glyph and Eljiah’s Chariot. For Glyph, they were joined by outstanding musicians James Dunham (solo viola) and pianist Margaret Kampmeier. Elijah’s Chariot, ...

SHATIN Glyph.1 Time to Burn. 2 Grito del Corazón. 3 Sic Transit. 4 Hoshech Al P’ney HaTehom. 5 Elijah’s Chariot6 • 1James Dunham (va); 1Margaret Kampmeier (pn); 2Aaron Hill (ob); 2, 4I-Jen Fang, 2Mike Schutz (perc); 3F. Gerard Errante, 3D. Gause (cl); 1, 6Cassatt Str Qrt • INNOVA 845 (75:08) Over the course of a mere ...

Judith Shatin is a true sound artist. She applies sound to the airwaves in the same way a painter applies colors to canvas. She is not trying for melodies that the listener will walk away singing, but she uses melodic material for dramatic effect. The holder of advanced degrees from Juilliard and Princeton, she is ...

Ha-aretz review of Time to Burn CD

I first became acquainted with pianist Gayle Martin Henry at the Aspen Music Festival in the early 1970’s, and our friendship developed while we were both at Juilliard in the mid-70’s, and has continued to this day. An astonishing talent, she won the Juilliard concerto competition, and was the only American to make it to ...

Instrumentation: Piano

So glad that Rafael’s Music Notes lists To Keep the Dark Away as one of his favorite CD’s of 2016. He says “TO KEEP THE DARK AWAY ( features an exciting mix of the contemporary and the Romantic in piano literature. Gayle Martin’s playing is classically elegant in selections by Schumann and Wagner. But ...

Instrumentation: SSA Chorus and Piano. Purchase from Hal Leonard.

Instrumentation: Violin and Piano

2/5/12 – 3:30 p.m. UVA Chamber Music Festival Old Cabell Auditorium, UVA Charlottesville, VA Violinist David Sariti and Pianist John Mayhood perform Tower of the Eight Winds

“…Of Thursday’s two world premieres and Friday’s two D.C. ones, Judith Shatin’s Tower of the Eight Winds, in four movements for violin and piano, stood out for it’s acuity and engaging vivacity as music one would like to hear again…” – The Washington Post

  Instrumentation: Perc 1 (2 toms (lo/hi), snare drum, 2 timbales (lo/hi), large gong, ride cymbal (18″) and bow, triangle), Perc 2 (bass drum, 2 congas (lo, med), 2 bongos (lo/hi), ride cymbal (20″) and bow, 4 claves (lo to hi)) Duration: 11:00 Commission: Ensemble Berlin PianoPercussion Premiere: 12/09/14 Ensemble Berlin PianoPercussion Konzerthaus, Project USA – Teil II, Berlin, Germany Program Note: The title, Trace Elements, refers both ...

Trace Elements

Playing with Resonance Ensemble Berlin Piano Percussion has commissioned Trace Elements, for two piano and two percussion. I had a wonderful time in June, 2014, rehearsing with them in in Berlin, with the kind support of the American Embassy. And, I returned for the premiere at the Konzerthaus in Berlin on December 9. Having studied percussion ...

Instrumentation Interactive Electronics, Wireless Camera

The program features Judith Shatin’s Birkat Hakohanim (a setting of the original Hebrew of the Priestly Blessing, which begins ‘The Lord bless you and keep you…’), commissioned and premiered by the University Singers of the University of Virginia on 11/9/12. The wide-ranging concert also includes a movement from Rachmaninoff’s Vespers, Whitacre’s The Seal Lullaby, Frank ...

First up, on Monday, March 24, at 8:00 p.m. in Old Cabell Auditorium, pianist Seung-Hye Kim will perform a program of new piano music, featuring pieces composed at UVA. I’m delighted that she will perform the Charlottesville premiere of To Keep the Dark Away, inspired by the poetry of Emily Dickinson. We’ve already had a ...

2/5/12, 3:30 p.m. Tower of the Eight Winds Violinist David Sariti and Pianist John Mayhood, UVA Chamber Music Festival Old Cablle Auditorium, UVA ; Charlottesville, VA 3/2/12, 8:00 p.m. Chai Variations on Eliahu HaNavi pianist Mary Kathleen Ernst St. Petersburg College; St. Petersburg, FL 3/4/12, 8:00 p.m. Chai Variations on Eliahu HaNavi pianist Mary Kathleen Ernst Steinway Piano Series, University of South Florida; ...

University Singers, with Conductor Michael Slon: Winter Tour, 2013 The program features Judith Shatin’s Birkat Hakohanim (a setting of the original Hebrew of the Priestly Blessing, which begins ‘The Lord bless you and keep you…’) Read More –>

Instrumentation: Bass (or Bass-baritone), clarinet, cello, piano

The BIT (Being in Time) team convened in Old Cabell Auditorium at UVA to test the conductor gestural controls of the electronic sound using the Kinect Controller. It worked like a charm. Next up is testing the interactive video control using amplitude, activity level and frequency bands. And, of course working on our video ...

Instrumentation: Piano Trio

 View from Mt. Nebo, scored for piano trio,was commissioned by Garth Newel Chamber Players, an ensemble with its home base in Warm Springs, Virginia, on a sprawling estate of rolling hills. The concert hall is an intimate space in a reconstructed horse barn, lined with wood, with excellent acoustics. At the time I composed this ...

“…View from Mt. Nebo, whose fervor recalls Shostakovich with a carefully wrought tension that raised more than bow hairs.” – The Washington Post

I have been thinking recently about my multiple residencies (8 to be exact!) at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts (VCCA). They have always been amazing oases of creativity and inspiration. During my very first visit, I had one month and my goal was to compose a piece for solo viola, string quartet and piano. ...

Instrumentation: Electronic playback

SATB; See Distributor Website for E.C. Schirmer

We Bring You Peace Holiday Song Available Now

Instrumentation: Chorus, brass quintet and timpani

Instrumentation: Soprano and english horn (or alto flute, or clarinet, or viola)

Flute (dbl picc), clarinet, violin, cello, piano (8:20)

Revisiting Werther, which I composed for Da Capo Chamber Players in 1983, has caused me to think not only about the context in which I composed it, but also how my attitude towards Goethe’s novel has changed during the intervening years. When I composed the piece, I had just reread Goethe’s touching novel. And, then, ...

Flute and cello (3:30)

SATB Chorus + Piano (4:45)

Piano (8:30)

Wind Quintet (12:00)

WTJU Interview of Judith Shatin