Elizabeth Rudolph is a Chicago-based composer “whose music takes advantage of the rhythmic complexity of minimalism to emphasize thoughtfully composed melodic storytelling.” according to contralto Katherine Dalin. Rudolph’s music has been performed and/or recorded by VOX3, Third Eye Theater, New Moon Opera, Chicago Fringe Opera, Chicago Gay Men's Chorus, Interlochen Arts Academy Chorale, and Opera on Tap-Chicago. Her most recent evening-length opera, Imogen, had its debut with New Moon Opera in 2019. Here, Rudolph shed convention and voiced and scripted roles to be genderless, smartly designing a work that gives more singers an opportunity to be heard. Rudolph is an established classical soprano in her own right, and enjoys collaborating with working artists to create new classical music in all formats, especially art-songs. “Singing her music is always immensely musically and dramatically fulfilling.” says soprano Mary Govertsen.

Other commissions include, Petticoats and Sliderules (soprano, mezzo, violin, cello) for Third Eye Theater, The Widow's Will (Soprano, Mezzo, Baritone, Oboe/EH, String Quartet) for Chicago Fringe Opera's 2021 contribution to the Decameron Opera Project, Lincoln Square (soprano and cello) for Chicago Fringe Opera's City of Works project, Just a Phase (TTBB Choral) for the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus on the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, The Third Night (baritone, bass clarinet, and piano) for VOX3, La Belle Dame sans Merci (SATB chorale) and Incidental Music for The Tempest (chamber music), for Interlochen Center for the Arts.

She holds degrees from Roosevelt University (MM) and St. Olaf College (BM) where she studied composition with Dr. Peter Hamlin and Dr. Timothy Mahr, but began composing at the age of 14 under the tutelage of Dr. Alan Hirsch, then finished high school at Interlochen Arts Academy where she advanced her composition and music theory study with Dr. Elaine Broad-Ginsberg.  

Elizabeth Rudolph Composer

Upcoming Projects

An album of
Shakespeare Settings by Elizabeth Rudolph


Angela Born

David Govertsen

Mallory Harding

Rebecca Haas

Joachim Luis

Dorian McCall

Victoria Offut

Alexandra Salas

Alannah Spencer

Nicholas Ward

Josh Quinn


Available to stream or buy August 21,2021

Petticoats & Sliderules

A mini-opera by Elizabeth Rudolph

about the life of Dr Lois Graham

Commissioned and Presented

by Third Eye Theater Ensemble


Molly Burke

Angela Born

Directed by Rose Freeman

September 17-October 3 2021

Ticket link coming soon

by Elizabeth Rudolph

with librettist Bilal Dardai

about the life and legacy of Hazel Johnson

Commissioned and Presented as a Film

by Chicago Fringe Opera

for the Decameron Opera Coalition

October 2021

Streaming link coming soon

Streaming Projects

New Vocal Music by Elizabeth Rudolph

Emily Cox

Jennifer Barrett
Mary Lutz Govertsen
Jimmy Morehead


Starting November 2020

a program of
new music from

Elizabeth Rudolph


Mary Lutz Govertsen

Jennifer Barrett

Sarah Kropski

Rachelle Puccini

Chloe Thominet

Denielle Wilson

Dalia Chin

Catherine O’Shaughnessy

and Sarah Jenks

Starting January 2021

The Red Death

Read by SarahAnn Sutter

Past Projects

Scores of Imogen and some other compositions will be available for purchase beginning early 2020. Watch here for more information.

"Finding Home, Finding Self"

the music of Elizabeth Rudolph

8PM October 16, 2018

Chicago, IL

Selected Compositions

The Winds 1993
  choral piece Psalm 23
Family Relations 1997

  song cycle with lyrics by Julie Ball for mezzo and piano 

Nativity 1999

  acapella choral set with traditional Latin text 

La Belle Dame Sans Merci 2000

  choral piece with lyrics by Keats

Sonata 2000

  for viola and guitar

The Third Night 2012

  pair of songs with lyrics by Strindberg for bass-baritone, bass clarinet, and piano

Perfect Fog 2014

  duet with lyrics by Julie Ball for sop, mezzo, clarinet, and cello

4Nov2002 2014
  song with lyrics by Julie Ball for soprano and piano

Margaret's Curse 2016/Lady Anne 2018

  songs with lyrics from Richard III by Shakespeare for voice and piano

Me Gustaría Hablar 2016

  song cycle with lyrics by Yvonne Strumecki for soprano, violin, and piano

Breathe 2018

   Scena with lyrics by Laura Stratford for 2 voices, piano, and string trio

Imogen 2019
     opera based on Cymbeline by William Shakespeare

Litany 2020

   song cycle with lyrics by Yvonne Strumecki for soprano and piano
The Lake 2020

   song cycle with lyrics by Julie Ball for soprano, flute/bass flute, and cello
Etude 2020

   etude for piano

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