Rami Y. Levin

Professor of Music, Emerita


Music Theory
20th Century Music
Latin American Music


20th Century Music
Brazilian music


PhD Music Composition, The University of Chicago
MA Music, University of California, San Diego
BA Music, Yale University

Courses Taught

First Year Studies: Music In Chicago
Music 104: Perspectives on Music
Music 251: Form and Tonal Analysis
Music 281: Latin American Music
Music 480: Senior Seminar
Music 108: Chamber Orchestra

Creative Works


‘After the Fall’, 1992 incidental music to the play by Arthur Miller


Danças Latinas, for orchestra, 2011 (written for the Lake Forest College Orchestra)
Two Sonnets for Music, for chorus and orchestra, 2006 (text Robert Archambeau), commissioned by Lake Forest College
Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra, 2002 (recorded by Richard Stoltzman, clarinet, with the Slovak Radio Orchestra, June 2003)
Anima / breath of life, for full orchestra, 1999 (recorded by the Warsaw Philharmonic, August 2001)
Sim Shalom, for chorus and orchestra, 1999
Concerto for Cello and String Orchestra, 1995
Dancing On A Volcano, 1991
Intersecting Lines, 1991, commissioned by American String Teachers Association
Kinder Suite, 1985, commissioned by American String Teachers Association
Beginnings for string orchestra, 1984, commissioned by American String Teachers Association

Chamber Ensemble

Ressonância Magnética (8 trombones), 2013
Dois Irmãos (piano, 4 hands), 2012
Bem-te-vi (clarinet, violin, piano), 2012
Cycles (clarinet, trombone, double bass, piano), 2012
Fruits of Life (flute, cello, piano), 2012
Reflections of Reflections: 11/11/11 (wind quintet), 2011, commissioned by Quintet Attacca
Portraits (wind quintet), 2009, commissioned by Quintet Attacca
Celebration (flute and guitar), 2009
Lincoln Quintet (clarinet, string quartet and narrator), 2009
Dualidades (flute, clarinet, and piano), 2008
Nova Bossa (flute and harp), 2007
Caprichosa (flute and harp), 2007
Danças Brasileiras (woodwind quintet), 2005
Tides (flute and piano), 2004
Trio (viola, cello and piano), 2003, commissioned by the Rembrandt Chamber Players
Flights of Fancy (piano trio), 2001, commissioned by the Amelia Piano Trio
Renascence (string quartet), 2000
Ouro brasileiro (woodwind quintet) 1998, commissioned by Chicago Pro Musica
Different Voices (saxophone quartet) 1997, commissioned by the Vision Saxophone Quartet
For My Daughter (cello duo) 1997
Movement (string quartet) 1996
In Motion (marimba duo) 1996
couplet (flute and guitar), 1996, commissioned by Duo Atipico
Uncharted Waters (clarinet, bassoon, horn, violin, bass), 1992, commissioned by Chicago Pro Musica
Triple Play (2 soprano recorders), 1990
New Leaf (basset clarinet and pre-recorded clarinets), commissioned by John Bruce Yeh, 1990 on  
  compact disc: Dialogues With My Shadow / John Bruce Yeh, clarinet (Koch International Classics)
Fanfare for 2 Trumpets, 1989
Fanfare and Chorale for Brass Quintet (2 trumpets, horn, 2 trombones)
David’s Song (flute, clarinet, violin, cello), 1988
shiramina (3 flutes), 1987
Movements for String Quartet, 1985
Unfoldings (woodwind tentet), 1980, commissioned by the Morley Wind Group, London
Dialogue (flute and oboe), 1980
And Yet Again (3 flutes, 2 clarinets), 1977
Out of the Blue (woodwind quitet), 1975
Exhaltation of Larks #1(oboe cello), #2 (oboe & piano), 1976

Chamber Ensemble with Voice

Obras (soprano and guitar), 2010
empty nest, full heart (soprano, flute, viola, and harp), 2003, commissioned by Pinotage
Four English Songs (soprano, flute, harp, guitar), 1997 (text: Nursey Rhymes), commissioned by Duo Atipico
There Was A Moment (soprano, string quartet), 1994 (text: Fernando Pessoa)
Lamirael (soprano & English horn), 1986 (text: Rami Levin)
becummings 1&2 (soprano & chamber ensemble), 1977 (text: e.e. cummings)
Now We Are Six, song cycle (soprano, oboe, violin, viola, cello), 1975 (text: A.A. Milne)
Rain Has Fallen (soprano & cello), 1973 (text: James Joyce)
O Cool Is The Valley (soprano & piano), 1973 (text: James Joyce)


Aleluia, for mixed choir (SATB) and organ, 2011, commissioned by Coro de Camera Pro-Arte (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Majesty, for mixed choir (SATB), 2009 (Text: Psalm 93), written for Lake Forest College Concert Choir

Behold! for mixed choir (SSAATTBB), 2007 (Text: Isaiah/Psalms)
Spring, mixed chorus (SATB) and oboe, 2003 (text: Percy Shelley) , commissioned by Lake Forest College Chorus
Beyond Words, mixed choir (SATB), 2001
Three Carrolls, mixed choir (SATB), 1998 (text: Lewis Carroll), commissioned by Chicago Choral Artists
Im Tirtsu, children’s choir and piano, 1995, commissioned by the Jubilate Children’s Choir
A Time For Peace, mixed choir (SATB), 1994 (text: Ecclesiastes III)
The Lord Is Thy Keeper, mixed choir (SATB), 1994 (text: Psalm 121)
The Lord Is My Shepherd, mixed choir (SATB), 1993 (text: Psalm 23), commissioned by University of Chicago Motet Choir
The Resolve, mixed choir (SATB), 1992, (text: Alexander Brome)
Rise Up, My Love mixed choir (SATB), 1993 (text: Song of Solomon)
I Do Not Love Thee, mixed choir (SATB), 1992 (text: Caroline Norton)
A Bed of Roses, mixed choir (SATB), 1992 (text:19th century poets)
A Joyful Noise, mixed choir (SATB), 1991 (text: Psalm 98), commissioned by His Majestie’s Clerkes
And A Little Child Shall Lead Them, children’s choir, 1986 (text: Isaiah), commissioned by the Chicago Children’s Choir

Solo Instruments

Wings, for Chinese pipa, 2007
Passages, for piano solo, 2002, commissioned by Kuang-Hao Huang
Winds of Truth, solo flute, 1997
for Sitrya, solo cello, 1988
Intensities, for piano, 1984
Safari Sweet, for piano, 1976
Connections, for oboe solo, 1976
Ambages, for solo guitar, 1975
Blues Toccata, for piano, 1973


Plugged In, for 3 actors and headphones, 1976
Concert Interruptis, for 6 actors and tape, 1976

Recorded Works

Passages for solo piano, Max Lifchitz, piano;
Moods: Piano Music by American Women Composers, 
North/South Recordings, 2008

Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra, Slovak Radio Orchestra;
Richard Stoltzman, clarinet; Kirk Trevor, conductor;
Master Musicians Collective (MMC), 2006

Anima/breath of life; Slovak Radio Orchestra; Carl St. Clair, conductor
Master Musicians Collective, (MMC), 2006

A New Leaf for basset clarinet and 4 pre-recorded clarinets;
John Bruce Yeh, clarinet; Dialogues With My Shadow:
Koch International Classics, 1997

Awards and Honors

Fulbright Scholar lecture/research grant 2008, Brazil.
Trustee Award for Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership, 2001, Lake Forest College
ASCAP Composers Award, annually since 1994
William L. Dunn Award for Outstanding Teaching and Scholarly Promise, Lake Forest College, 1997
Florence and Kenneth Caldwell Scholarship, University of California, San Diego, 1978
Aspen Music School, Fellowship 1977
Aspen Music School, First Prize, Composers Competition 1977