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ARTIST'S STATEMENT

A Passionate Composer

There is something beautiful about being able to create something and share that work with people. Composition is a celebration of the profound ability humans have to connect with others. With music, I can communicate expressions that are beyond my words.

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ABOUT ELISE WINKLER

Biography

Elise Winkler was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Born to a family of musicians, Elise grew up constantly surrounded by the sounds of flute and classical saxophone. Throughout her life, Elise has had a variety of musical experiences, including piano lessons, choral ensembles, and musical theatre. Because of her wide background, she has strong artistic influences from a number of sources. 
Elise's compositions have been widely performed, especially in Washington State. She has had the privilege to work with many talented ensembles, including the Seattle Symphony, Symphony Tacoma, Bremerton Symphony, Trio Immersio, and Seattle Opera. Her works have also been premiered at the Curtis Institute of Music's Young Artists' Summer Program and Atlantic Music Festival.
Currently, Elise is continuing her compositional studies with Dr. David Ludwig at the Juilliard School. She is grateful for the wonderful instruction she has received from Dr. Ludwig, as well as from all of the teachers she has had throughout her life.

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LIST OF WORKS

SMITHEREENS FAREWELL

2024

  • For violin, cello, clarinet, piano, and seven actors

  • Directed by Richard Feldman and Nadia Sirota

  • Performed by musicians Jeremy Kienbaum, Iona Batchelder, Roi Karni, and Baron Fenwick

  • Performed by actors Jeff Biehl, Brittany Bradford, Taip Oskar Céman, Kassandra Cruz, Jawuan Tyler Hill, Luan Taveras, and Sarah Grace Wilson at the Chelsea Factory

PERCEPTIONS

2023

  • For solo oboe

  • Performed by Timothy Swanson in Morse Hall, The Juilliard School

TAXI

2023

  • For horn and piano

  • Commissioned by Colby Kleven

  • Performed by Colby Kleven and Elise Winkler in Morse Hall, The Juilliard School

LIMINAL SPACES

2023

  • For pierrot ensemble

  • Performed by the Atlantic Music Festival Contemporary Ensemble in Lorimer Chapel, Colby College

INSOMNIA

2023

  • For piano trio

  • Performed by Trio Immersio as part of the ICEBERG New Music Festival

  • Revised version performed by Isaac Park, Esther Chae, and Antoinette Cheng in Paul Hall, The Juilliard School

NENE

2022

  • For cello and piano

  • Commissioned by Efe Baltacigil

HORIZONS

2022

  • For wind ensemble

  • Commissioned by Gerard Morris for the Tacoma Concert Band

  • Performed by Gerard Morris and the Tacoma Concert Band at the Pantages Theater

TOGETHER

2021

  • For two tenors, violin, cello, piano, and percussion

  • Performed by Seattle Opera as part of the Jane Lang Davis Creation Lab workshop

BENEATH THE CHERRY BLOSSOM TREE

  • For chamber orchestra

  • Performed by Symphony Tacoma as part of the Cascade Composing/Conducting workshop

2021

I SAW IN LOUISIANA A LIVE-OAK GROWING

  • For solo baritone and piano

2020

THE SERPENT

2020

  • For solo bass clarinet

  • Performed by Paul Demers at the Curtis Institute of Music Young Artists' Summer Program

SILHOUETTE

2020

  • For string quartet

  • Performed by members of the Seattle Symphony at the Merriman Family Young Composers' Workshop

THE ALLEGORY OF THE CAVE

2019

  • For saxophone and marimba (alternate: viola and marimba)

  • Performed by Fred Winkler and Jeff Lund in Schneebeck Hall, University of Puget Sound 

  • Performed by Kyle Rappe and James Preucil in Morse Hall, The Juilliard School

ADESTO DOLORI MEO

  • For eight-part SATB choir

2019

CHIMERA

2019

  • For flute, oboe, clarinet in A, bassoon, harp, and celesta

  • Performed by members of the Seattle Symphony at the Merriman Family Young Composers' Workshop

ALL THAT JAZZ!

2018

  • For piano (four hands)

  • Performed  by Elise Winkler and Oksana Ejokina at the Icicle Creek Performing Arts Center

LAMENT

2018

  • For two violins, viola, cello, two percussionists, and piano

  • Performed by members of the Seattle Symphony at the Merriman Family Young Composers' Workshop

  • Performed at the Bremerton Symphony Children's Concert

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