Liza Sobel

Composer and Soprano

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     Liza Sobel (born 1990) is a composer and singer studying at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School for the Arts for an MA/PhD in composition.  She currently studies composition with Tarik O’Regan and Gerald Chenoweth and voice with Judith Nicosia.


     She completed her bachelors at Cornell University, graduating with honors.  Liza also studied at Manhattan School of Music as an exchange student.  Her past composition teachers include: Steven Stucky, Richard Danielpour, and Derek Bermel, and Kevin Ernste.  She has participated in master classes with Christopher Adler, William Bolcolm, Ken Hesketh, Huang Ruo, Arlene Sierra, and Evan Ziporyn.  Liza has participated in Bowdoin’s International Music Festival, nief-norf Summer Festival Composition Workshop, and Chamber Music Festival.  This March, she will attend Aldeburgh Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme focusing on composing English art songs.


     Liza was a Fulbright Scholar at Newcastle University, England, and she was Cornell’s endorsed candidate and/or finalist for the Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, and Keasbey scholarships.  She won the 2013 American Prize in the choral division and was a finalist in the 2013 BMI Student Composers Award for her Requiem for female choir, chamber orchestra with her singing as the soprano soloist.  Other awards include a finalist in the 2013 American Prize in the orchestral division for her Piano Concertino and a semi-finalist in the chamber division for her piece Buzzing and Barely Contained.  Her Trio for Flute, Violin, and Piano won the Graduate Association of Music & Musicians at University of Texas at Austin’s call for scores and will be performed in their conference in March.

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     Upcoming premieres of her music for the 2013-2014 season include: an a capella choral piece for the chamber choir ekmeles; an instrumental work for the Cgynus Ensemble, which was commissioned by the NJ Composers’ Guild; and a chamber piece for bass-baritone and string quartet commissioned by baritone Curtis Streetman.  Players and ensembles that have previously performed Liza’s music include the West Point Woodwind Quintet; Joseph Lin, first-violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet; Helix! New Music Ensemble, and the Skyros String Quartet at the Chamber Music Institute. 



     As a singer, Liza regularly performs both new and standard repertoire, as well as her own music.  Liza frequently performs music by living emerging composers, including pieces by Amit Gilutz, Tom Peterson, Tom Schneller, and Zachary Wadsworth.  In addition, she regularly collaborates with Walter Hilse, composer, organist, and professor at Manhattan School of Music.  Hilse has composed numerous pieces specifically for Liza, several of which she has premiered over the last two years.  Walter Hilse and Liza are planning a joint concert featuring their compositions for voice and organ, date to be announced.  Other notable vocal performances include singing in a master class for Ian Bostridge and premiering new compositions with the Ithaca Community Orchestra in a series of outreach concerts.


     Liza also teaches voice and has taught students with a wide age range and varying levels of vocal experience.  While at Cornell, she taught college students, and she previously taught voice at Bergen Performing Arts Center’s musical theater camp for participants ranging from ages eight to eighteen.