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, a participant in the 2017 New Dramatists Composer-Librettist Studio, 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

Dai-Shizen (Great Nature) at the Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson

Nell Shaw Cohen's Dai-Shizen (Great Nature) will be performed by Gabriela Ruiz, flute, and Devin Ulibarri, guitar, at the Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson as part of a Sunday service with an environmental theme. The music is inspired by Chiura Obata's artworks, which depict the landscapes of Yosemite National Park and the internment camp in Utah where Obata was imprisoned during World War II.

Sunday, April 2, 2017, 10:30-11:30am
80 Main St
Hudson, MA, 01749
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World Premiere of Crescent Meadow by New Mexico Highlands University Concert Choir

NMHU's Concert Choir, directed by Andre Garcia-Nuthmann, will perform the World Premiere of Crescent Meadow on an upcoming program in Las Vegas, New Mexico. This SATB choral work is a setting of a text about nature and spirituality in the Sierra Nevada, excerpted from the writings of early 20th century naturalist John Muir.

Sunday, April 23, 2017, 3:00pm
Ilfeld Auditorium
New Mexico Highlands University
University Avenue
Las Vegas, NM 87701
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Featured Compositions and Multimedia Projects

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Mabel's Call (2016)

A one act opera, currently in development, inspired by the life of early 20th century writer, arts promoter, and salon hostess, Mabel Dodge Luhan. Scored for 2 sopranos, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, and bass-baritone, with chorus and chamber ensemble. Video features excerpts from piano-vocal workshop reading on August 12, 2016 at the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos, New Mexico.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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