“Retrace” reprised, a new opera, & CD release!

Juventas Plays Retrace This Saturday

Saturday, 11/11 at 8:00pm ET
East Cambridge, MA
& Streaming Live on YouTube

Juventas New Music Ensemble presents encore performances of audience favorites from their recent seasons—including my piece Retrace!

Get tickets, read the program, and watch the livestream here.


New Opera in Workshop Staging: The Fire Tower

A black and white photo taken at the base of a staircase, looking up at a fire tower atop a mountain summitFriday, 11/17 at 7:30pm
Sunday, 11/19 at 3:00pm
San Antonio, TX

The University of Texas at San Antonio presents a fully-staged workshop production of my new short opera, The Fire Tower, on their program “Epigrams”! Directed by Jourdan Laine Howell. Tickets are available here and at the UTSA Recital Hall.

Set against a backdrop of climate crisis in the American West, this 24-minute opera for soprano, mezzo-soprano, and piano is an intimate portrait of two intrepid women who develop a bond of friendship during a trek deep into the wilderness. Learn more about The Fire Tower.


Sauntering Songs Now Available on CD

Album cover for "Sauntering Songs"My album Sauntering Songs is now available on physical CD from Skylark Vocal Ensemble! Please consider supporting my wonderful collaborators by purchasing a copy.

The album is also available on all streaming music platforms.

Extended liner notes for Sauntering Songs are available here.


Autumn Art Prints Added to Shop

This Fall I released giclée prints of two new watercolor paintings depicting autumn foliage and rock cliffs here in the Shawangunk Mountains. Check them out, along with my Spring/Summer series, at my Etsy shop!

Prints of “Shawangunk Spring” watercolors now available on Etsy

Collage of five watercolor landscape paintings with the text "Shawangunk Spring: Watercolors by Nell Shaw Cohen, giclee prints now available on Etsy"

I’m excited to announce that, for the first time ever, my artwork is available for purchase!

For the grand opening of my Etsy store, I’ve created a series of five watercolor paintings, titled “Shawangunk Spring,” exploring the sublime beauties of the spring season in the Hudson Valley’s Shawangunk Mountains.

From delicate woodland wildflowers to hardy pitch pines on rock outcroppings, these images are a reflection of many hours spent in close observation of an environment I’m fortunate to call home.

My artworks are available as reproductions ranging in size from 5×7″ to 9×12″, printed with archival-quality inks on heavy watercolor paper using a giclée printing process. (At this time, only reproductions are available—but I might begin selling original paintings at some point if there’s enough interest.)

I plan to release more works and expand my stock over the summer, so please follow me on Instagram or Etsy (or drop me a note) if you’d like to be kept in the loop with store updates.