SAI National Arts Associate
Elizabeth Lauer's formal musical training - in the main - has been in the area of composition. Her degrees in this discipline are from Bennington College (B.A.) and Columbia University (M.A.)., where her teachers included Otto Luening and Lionel Nowak. She spent all six years at these schools on full scholarship. She then received a Fulbright Scholarship to study with composer Phillip Jarnach, who was Director of the Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik in Hamburg (Germany).
Upon her return from Europe, Lauer worked at Columbia Records, first as a typist; five months later, she was named Assistant to the President, Goddard Lieberson. She held this position for five years; for the next year, she was an Associate Producer in the Masterworks Department. During the next five years, the Lauers were starting their family; soon thereafter, parents and three children moved from Manhattan to Fairfield County.
Lauer's compositions are principally in the area of chamber music and vocal works. She has also written orchestral pieces, an opera, music for dance and ballet, incidental theatre music, plus an assortment of pieces for various solo instruments. She does a great deal of arranging as well. Her compositions are published by Arsis Press, Carl Fischer, Boston Music Company and Kjos Publishers; they are also obtainable in A.C.A.'s Composer Editions. Recordings on CD are available on the Newport Classics, Capstone and I Virtuosi labels, the last of which is an all-Lauer disc of piano works entitled "Five Flower Rags." played by the composer. Lauer's compositions are widely performed, and have been well reviewed, both in this country and abroad. She has won many prizes and several commissions, and has served as composer-in- residence. She has been the subject of two one-woman concert programs, both of which were performed in New York City and Connecticut.
A busy pianist, both as soloist and chamber music player, Lauer has appeared in concert halls, on television, radio and in video format from Maine to Florida, from New York to Michigan. This includes fifteen solo recitals at Lincoln Center. The video presentation. part of a series called "Art and Music in America, "stems from her lecturing activities. An art historian discusses the Hudson River School of painting and Lauer talks about and plays music of Edward MacDowell. Her lecturing comprises single programs (at the Juilliard School, for the Connecticut Grand Opera Company, on television, for countless groups and musical organizations), on a wide range of topics, from Mozart to Elliott Carter, from Bizet to Gershwin. Her numerous lecture series (mostly for Adult Education programs in various communities) have covered the complete Beethoven symphonies, the complete Chopin piano works, Schubert songs, the final three Mozart symphonies, an assortment of piano concertos, and a Lauer specialty: "Twentieth Century Music for the Nineteenth Century Ear."
As a teacher, Lauer has worked most recently for years as Professor in the Music Department of the University of Bridgeport, with responsibilities for piano, theory, ear training, and computers-in-music. She pioneered a muIti-disciplinary course which featured works by Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Mann and Nietzsche, on the subject of revolution in the arts. She also taught Music Appreciation at Norwalk Community College. In the past, she has worked for INTERARTS (a program for musically gifted inner-city and suburban high-schoolers); for three seasons, she was one of a two-person team that presented "introduction to opera" programs in Fairfield County elementary schools - 80-plus performances in six weeks; she originated a course for the Connecticut Ballet Theatre called "Music for Dancers"; subsequently, she taught this course for three years for the Regional Center for the Arts. While her children were in high school, she organized and taught a chamber music class, for eight fledgling players. Lauer continues to do a limited amount of private piano teaching, for both children and adults.
Among Lauer's other musical activities are adjudicating - both compositions and piano performance - and writing program notes and criticism. She holds membership in a number of organizations, including American Composers Alliance, B.M.I., American Composers Forum, International Alliance for Women in Music, plus board positions in Connecticut Composers, Inc., American Matthay Association, the National League of American PenWomen, and Schubert Club of Fairfield County.
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Carousel - Dance Variations on ‘All the Pretty Little Horses,’ a work for piano composed on commission from the Connecticut State Music Teachers Association, won first prize in the Biennial competition of the National League of American Pen Women this year.
Two Rags à la française won first prize in the April 2008 National Biennial Competition of the National League of American Pen Women, keyboard division. Lauer gave a lecture/performance on the works of Schubert and Chopin, July 15 for the Osher Institute at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Another presentation is planned for July 2009, when Lauer will address the works Mozart and his use of the minor mode.
Six Haiku, for speaker and pianist, was presented by the composer and pianist Jean Alexis Smith on November 16, 2008, at the Dance Palace in Point Reyes (CA).
Two Rags à la française; Arsis Publishers.
Two Rags à la française, Sandro Russo; included on a live performance CD produced by Beauport Classical.
Bajo el agua, a work for medium-range treble voice and finger cymbals, with a text by Federico Garcia Lorca, was published in the Fall 2007 issue of the Journal of the National League of American Pen Women.