The Music of Elizabeth Alexander


NEW WORK for solo organ (2022)
Carson Cooman. Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)

Do Not Leave Your Cares at the Door (TBB) (2022)
Minnesota All-State TTBB Choir / Mark Potvin (Minneapolis, MN)

Get Curious (2021)
University of Illinois Women’s Glee Club / Andrea Solya (Champaign-Urbana, IL)

Wend and Wind (SSA) (2021)
Good Company / Steven Hoifeldt (Ames, IA)

We Give Thanks for Being (2021)
Unity Church-Unitarian / Ahmed Anzaldua (St. Paul, MN)

Like a Leaf (2021)
Highlands High School Choir / Jacob Young (Ft. Thomas, KY)

I’ll Go Alone (SSA) (2020)
Luther College Aurora / Jennaya Robison (Decorah, IA)

Off the Page: Nine Improvisations for String Players and Other Adventurous People (2002-2020)
Sera Smolen (Ithaca, NY)

Sing Me Awake (2019)
CorVoce / Karin Barett (St. Paul, MN)

Handles (2018)
CHARIS: The St. Louis Women’s Chorus / Stuart Chapman Hill (St. Louis, MO)

Grace (SSA) (2017)
St. Louis Women’s Hope Chorale / Leanne Magnuson Latuda (St. Louis, MO)

No Other People’s Children (2017)
Unity Church-Unitarian of St. Paul / Ruth Palmer
(St. Paul, MN)

One More Step (2017)
First Baptist Church in Salem, for area churches with Endicott College Singers / Rebecca Kenneally (Salem, MA)

Nature Creature (2007-2016)
Ruth MacKenzie, with funding from the Jerome Foundation (St. Paul, MN)

Love is the Spirit of this Church (2016)
Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lansing / Lyle Brown (Lansing, MI)

Beware the Winter Settlin’ In (2016)
First Unitarian Society of Madison / Dan Broner (Madison, WI)

Same Birds (2015)
North Central Division ACDA High School Honor Choir / Paul Head (Sioux City, IA)

What’s Keepin’ You From Singin’? (2015)
Rochester Women’s Community Chorus / Kristy Houston
(Rochester, NY)

Pure Light Beyond Light (2015)
Bethlehem Academy / Jonathan Kopplin (Faribault, MN)

Doors (2015)
Minnesota ACDA / Middle School Honor Choir & Kari Gilbertson (Mahtomedi, MN)

Give Me a Laundry List (and I’ll set it to music) (SSAA) (2015)
Orange County Women’s Chorus / Eliza Rubenstein (Laguna Hill, CA)

Kindling: Small Reflections on a Limitless Faith (2015)
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston / Jason Oby (Houston, TX)

A Love Like That (SATB & TTBB) (2015)
Cantus (Minneapolis, MN)

Let it Matter (SSA) (2015)
Amasong / Jill Crandall
(Champaign-Urbana, IL)

The People Build a Home (2014)
Unitarian Universalists of Williamsburg / Jamie Bartlett (Williamsburg, VA)

In the Lonely Midnight (SATB, orchestra) (2013)
Marietta College Concert Choir / Daniel Monek (Marietta, OH)

You Were Meant for This (2013)
MUSE: Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir / Catherine Roma (Cincinnati, OH)

Fighting Over What We Believe SSA & SAB (2013)
Elizabeth McFarland / University of Missouri Women’s Choir (Columbia, MO)

How To Sing Like a Planet (SATB) (2013)
Michigan Youth Chamber Singers / Eugene Rogers (Ann Arbor, MI)

A Perfect Circle (2014)
In the Lonely Midnight (SATB, piano)
Only a Couple Fishes
Calm the Tempests of my Heart (2012)
May This Be a Working Alleluia (2011)
Faith Partners Composer Residency, underwritten by American Composers Forum (Watertown, MN)

Tree Song (SSA) (2013)
Twin Cities Women’s Choir / Mary Bussman (Minneapolis, MN)

How To Sing Like a Planet (TTB) (2011, revoiced for TBB in 2021)
Minnesota-ACDA State Honors Boy’s Choir / Eugene Rogers (Mahtomedi, MN)

Things That Go Bump In the Night (SATB) (2011)
Festival Choir of Madison / Bryson Mortensen (Madison, WI)

Fighting Over What We Believe – SATB & SAB (2011)
Mayflower United Church of Christ / Nancy Grundahl (Minneapolis, MN)

The Gate Is Open (2010, 2021)
Commissioned in 2010 by South Bend Chamber Singers / Nancy Menk (South Bend, IL)
Reimagined in 2021 for South Metro Chorale / Mark Bilyeu (Shakopee, MN)

Reasons for the Perpetuation of Slavery (2010)
ACDA Women’s Choir Commissioning Consortium

Why I Sing (2010)
Endicott College Singers /  Becca Kenneally (Endicott, MA)

Into The Silent Darkness (2010)
Joyce and Richard Gilbert (Rochester, MN)

Jump! (2010)
Northfield Youth Chorus / Elizabeth Shepley (Northfield, MN)

When the Song of the Angels Is Stilled (SSAA) (2010)
Vox Femina Los Angeles / Iris Levine (Los Angeles, CA)

We Remember Them (2009)
Y Comienzo a Bailar (2009)
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Rochester, MN / Joseph Mish (Rochester, MN)

Shelter This Candle (2008)
VOICES Chorale / Lyn Ransom (Pennington, NJ)

Blessed Be the Flower That Triumphs (2008)
Bethlehem Lutheran Church / Maria Bucka (Minneapolis, MN)

Water Sings Blue (originally entitled Maji) (2008)
Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra / Joseph Schlefke (Minneapolis, MN)

Where There is Light in the Soul (SATB) (2007)
Kantorei: The Singing Boys of Rockford / Joel Ross (Rockford, IL)

Cherish Your Doubt (SSAA) (2007)
Vox Femina Los Angeles / Iris Levine (Los Angeles, CA)

Tomorrow, God Willing (2007)
Perfect Harmony Men’s Chorus / Ian W Riddell
(Madison, WI)

They Have Freckles Everywhere (2007)
Women in Harmony / Catherine Beller-McKenna (Portland, ME)

The Journey (TBB) (2007, revised/retitled I’ll Go Alone in 2021)
Cincinnati Men’s Chorus / Patrick Coyle (Cincinnati, OH)

We Need Each Other (2007)
Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship / Kevin Badanes (Chapel Hill, NC)

I’hare! (2006)
Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship / Kevin Badanes (Chapel Hill, NC)

Oath Taking (2006)
Carol Harris (St. Paul, MN)

Life Is Not a Garden (SATB) (2005)
One Voice Mixed Chorus / Jane Ramseyer Miller (St. Paul, MN)

Climb (2004)
Cedarburg High School Choir / Darciann Ketter (Cedarburg, WI)

Morning Bread (2004)
Camerata Singers / Floyd Farmer (Muskegon, MI)

If You Can Walk You Can Dance (SSA) (2004)
Gumpoldskirchner Spatzen / Elisabeth Ziegler (Vienna, AUSTRIA)

Why I Pity the Woman Who Never Spills (2003)
Cornell University Chorus / Scott Tucker (Ithaca, NY)

Create a Song Once More (2003)
Doreen Rao / Jennifer Haywood & Elmer Iseler Singers (Toronto, CANADA)

The Earth Called to My Friend (2003)
Union Middle School / Mattie Banzhaf (Unionville, CT)

Trust the Seeds (SATB, orchestra) (2002)
CitySingers of Hartford / Suzanne Gates (Hartford, CT)

Folks, I’m Tellin’ You (2002)
Common Chords Chorus / Elizabeth Alexander
(Ithaca, NY)

My Aunt Gives Me a Clarinet Lesson (2001)
Syracuse Society for New Music (Syracuse, NY)

Those Who Wish To Sing Always Find a Song (2001, revised 2021)
Give Me a Laundry List (2001)
If You Can Walk You Can Dance (SAB) (2001)
Farmington High School Friends of Music / Scott Campbell (Farmington, CT)

I Write This Poem Out Of Darkness (2000)
Women’s Works (Ithaca, NY)

Finally On My Way To Yes (2000)
Out Loud Chorus of Ithaca / Shawn Benedict (Ithaca, NY)

Praise Wet Snow Falling Early (1998)
Dryden Community Choir / Rachel Dickinson (Dryden, NY)

Everyday Sorrows, Everyday Joys (1998)
Salem-Hyde Elementary School, Society for New Music Composers in the Schools (Syracuse, NY)

Things That Go Bump in the Night (SSA) (1997)
Edward-Smith Elementary School, Society for New Music Composers in the Schools (Syracuse, NY)

The Simple Gravity of Stars (1996)
Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra / Eric Townell (Stevens Point, WI)

…or a musician (1994)
American Master Chorale with Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra / David Lewis Crosby (Madison, WI)

Spring Revels (1993)
Festival Choir of Madison / David Lewis Crosby (Madison, WI)

Songs of Youth (1992)
Being Who You Are (1992, revised 2020)
This Peaceful Valley (1991)
Waunakee Elementary & Middle Schools / Kathy Bartling (Waunakee, WI)

Look To This Day! (1991)
First Unitarian Society of Madison / Ellsworth Snyder (Madison, WI)

Three Inventions (1991)
Genevieve Jones (Madison, WI)

Fractals (1991)
The Music Fix (Madison, WI)