Brooklyn-based composer, librettist, and multimedia artist Nell Shaw Cohen writes lyrically expressive, visually evocative music for chamber ensembles, orchestra, and voice. Her music has been performed in concert halls, museums, theaters, and salons.

Cohen is a 2015-17 Composers & the Voice Fellow with American Opera Projects and the recipient of an Artist Residency Grant from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico. As founder and director of Landscape Music, an online publication and affiliated Composers Network, Cohen advocates for music inspired by nature, landscape, and place.

Cohen is also an educational media producer and experience designer. Her unique videos, multimedia installations, and interactive media have been viewed by thousands online. View her media design portfolio at

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Upcoming Performances

"The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus" Opera at The Oz Convention

This convention for Wizard of Oz devotees will include a preview performance of an aria from a family opera Nell Shaw Cohen writing with librettist Edward Einhorn, which is based on L. Frank Baum's classic "The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus." More information.

August 6, 2016, 7:00pm
The International Wizard of Oz Club's 2016 National Convention
The Sonesta Philadelphia Downtown Hotel
1800 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Bringing Mabel Dodge Luhan to Life through Opera

In coordination with exhibit Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: American Moderns and the West, composer and librettist Nell Shaw Cohen sheds light on the process of creating her new chamber opera, which follows Mabel Dodge Luhan's journey of self-reinvention during her early years in Taos. A talk by the composer will accompany this concert of several scenes and arias from the opera-in-progress. Soprano Shelley Jackson will sing the role of Mabel Dodge Luhan with tenor André García-Nuthmann as Maurice Sterne and baritone Carlos Archuleta as Tony Lujan, accompanied by music director Kristin Ditlow on piano. More information.

August 12, 2016, 5:30pm
Harwood Museum of Art
238 Ledoux Street
Taos, NM 87571
Admission $20/$16

Landscape Music Presents Cadillac Moon Ensemble at the Parrish Art Museum

A concert of new chamber music commemorating the centennial of the National Park Service. Cadillac Moon Ensemble performs World Premieres by Nell Shaw Cohen and Justin Ralls with works by Stephen Lias, Alex Shapiro, and Stephen Wood. Presented by the Landscape Music Composers Network in partnership with the Parrish Art Museum. Read the Press Release and visit Parrish Art Museum's website to learn more.

September 9, 2016, 6:00pm
Parrish Art Museum
279 Montauk Highway
Water Mill, NY 11976
Admission $20/$10 - Purchase tickets

Composers & the Voice: Six Scenes

AOP previews the future of opera with an evening of scenes developed during AOP's latest season of Composers & the Voice, a Brooklyn-based fellowship training program that has launched the careers of some of today's top opera creators. Scenes by composers Matthew Barnson, Carlos R. Carrillo, Nell Shaw Cohen, Marc LeMay, Cecilia Livingston, Sky Macklay and librettists Edward Einhorn, Duncan McFarlane, Emily Roller, and Mark Sonnenblick. More information.

September 30 | 8:00pm
South Oxford Space
138 South Oxford Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Sunday, Oct. 2 | 2:30 PM
National Opera Center – Rehearsal Hall
330 7th Ave, 7th floor
New York, NY 10001

Admission $25/$20

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Featured Compositions and Multimedia Projects

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Point Reyes from Chimney Rock (2014)

Orchestral tone poem commissioned by the NYU Symphony and premiered on March 3, 2014 at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York, NY. Conducted by David Rosenmeyer.

Explore John Muir's Yosemite (2014)

This multimedia installation for web and iPad app illustrates the writings of naturalist and conservationist John Muir through interactive photography and music, offering an engaging new interpretation of Muir's vision of nature. Explore ten sites in Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks with Muir as your guide.

The Coming of Spring (2014)

A one-act monodrama for tenor and chamber ensemble inspired by the life and paintings of Charles E. Burchfield. Learn more about the April 2014 workshop performance and listen to a complete scene at

California Zephyr (2014)

Video and music for piccolo, clarinet, 2 percussion, piano, violin, viola, cello, and bass. Filmed from the California Zephyr Amtrak train over three days, traveling from Chicago to San Francisco. Music recorded live by the NYU Contemporary Music Ensemble.

Horizon: New York (2014)

Video production and music composition for two versions of a short dance film created with dancer-choreographer Callie Lyons and cellist Fjóla Evans. Filmed at two city parks in Brooklyn. Below is version #1; view version #2 on YouTube.

The Winding Path (2013)

String Quartet performed by The JACK Quartet. Learn about this performance.

Watercolors (2011)

A Musical Tribute to Charles Burchfield at the Parrish Art Museum performed by The Chelsea Quintet. Learn about Watercolors.

The Faraway Nearby: Georgia O'Keeffe and the New Mexico Landscape (2010)

Original video and score for flute, clarinet, piano, violin, and cello.
Learn about The Faraway Nearby.

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