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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


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


Nostalgia, for full orchestra, 2016
Expressões, for full orchestra, 2015
Escombros e Sombras, for piano and string orchestra, 2014
Danças Latinas, for chamber 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, for full orchestra 1991
Intersecting Lines, for string orchestra, 1991, commissioned by American String Teachers Association
Kinder Suite, for string orchestra, 1985, commissioned by American String Teachers Association
Beginnings for string orchestra, 1984, commissioned by American String Teachers Association

Chamber Ensemble

Asas: Bem-te-vi (2012), Sabiá (2015) (clarinet, violin, piano)
Amizade (violin and piano), 2014
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

O Gatinho Feliz (soprano and piano), 2016, commissioned by Veruschka Mainhard
Três Canções (soprano and piano), 2014-15, commissioned by Veruschka Mainhard
Carioca (soprano, flute, violin, cello, piano), 2014
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)
Springfor mixed chorus (SATB) and oboe, 2003 (text: Percy Shelley) , commissioned by Lake Forest College Chorus
Beyond Wordsfor mixed choir (SATB), 2001
Three Carrollsfor mixed choir (SATB), 1998 (text: Lewis Carroll), commissioned by Chicago Choral Artists
Im Tirtsufor children’s choir and piano, 1995, commissioned by the Jubilate Children’s Choir
A Time For Peacefor mixed choir (SATB), 1994 (text: Ecclesiastes III)
The Lord Is Thy Keeper, for mixed choir (SATB), 1994 (text: Psalm 121)
The Lord Is My Shepherd, for mixed choir (SATB), 1993 (text: Psalm 23), commissioned by University of Chicago Motet Choir
The Resolvefor mixed choir (SATB), 1992, (text: Alexander Brome)
Rise Up, My Love, for mixed choir (SATB), 1993 (text: Song of Solomon)
I Do Not Love Theefor mixed choir (SATB), 1992 (text: Caroline Norton)
A Bed of Rosesfor mixed choir (SATB), 1992 (text:19th century poets)
A Joyful Noisefor mixed choir (SATB), 1991 (text: Psalm 98), commissioned by His Majestie’s Clerkes
And A Little Child Shall Lead Themfor children’s choir, 1986 (text: Isaiah), commissioned by the Chicago Children’s Choir

Solo Instruments

Amor e Saudades, guitar, 2017
Wings, Chinese pipa, 2007
Passagespiano, 2002, commissioned by Kuang-Hao Huang
Winds of Truth, flute, 1997
for Sitryacello, 1988
Intensitiespiano, 1984
Safari Sweetpiano, 1976
Connectionsoboe, 1976
Ambagesguitar, 1975
Blues Toccatapiano, 1973


Plugged Infor 3 actors and headphones, 1976
Concert Interruptisfor 6 actors and tape, 1976

Recorded Works

Asas, Trio Paineiras
Trio Paineras Interpreta Compositores de Hoje
A Casa Discos, 2017

Expressões for orchestra, Orquestra Sinfônica Nacional
OSN UFF interpreta Compositores de Hoje
A Casa Discos, 2016

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, for orchestra
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

National Composers Competition, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, second prize, 2016
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