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Name: Levin, Rami

Historical Note:

Ms. Levin has been a profesor of music, academic administrator, and composer during her sixteen years at the College and leading the Lyrica music performance series on campus.  It was announced in the College's student paper, The Stentor, May 7, 2009, that "[s]he plans to move to Brazil with her husband in the summer of 2010."

In 1994 she founded the Lyrica series of Sunday afternoon concerts in the LIly Reid Holt Chapel, Middle Campus.  She has directed the Lyrica program through the academic year 2009-10, bringing to campus many distinguished musical ensembles for the pleasure and edification of the campus and town communities.   

From her biography on the American Composers Forum website (2007):

Rami Levin received her B.A. from Yale University, an M.A. in composition from the University of California, San Diego, and a Ph.D. in composition from the University of Chicago, where she studied with John Eaton and Shulamit Ran. Levin has received commissions from the Connecticut Arts Council, the Morley Wind Group in London, American String Teachers Association, Chicago Symphony Orchestra clarinetist John Bruce Yeh, Chicago Pro Musica, Vision Saxophone Quartet, the University of Chicago Motet Choir, Chicago Children's Choir, His Majestie's Clerkes, Jubilate Children's Choir, Chicago Choral Artists, and the Rembrandt Chamber Players.

Her works include pieces for orchestra, chorus, chamber ensembles, and solo instruments. They have been performed in the U.S., Britain, Canada, Spain, Norway, Italy, and the Slovak Republic. Her orchestra piece, Anima / breath of life, recorded by the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra was recently released on the Master Musicians Collective label. The piece was premiered by the Slovak Radio Orchestra in May 2003. In June 2003 clarinetist Richard Stoltzman recorded her Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra with the Slovak Radio Orchestra. That recording was released on the Master Musicians Collective label in August 2006.

Levin has received consecutive annual awards from ASCAP since 1994. She has served as president of American Women Composers, Midwest and has been active in the Chicago music scene both as a composer, and as the founding director of Lake Forest Lyrica, a series of chamber music concerts performed by some of the finest ensembles in Chicago, held at Lake Forest College. Levin has taught at Barat College, the Newberry Library, and the University of Chicago's Continuing Education program. Levin served as Chair of the Department of Music at Lake Forest College from 1994 to 2005 and is now Professor of Music. She was the recipient of the 1997 William Dunn Award for Outstanding Teaching and Scholarly Promise, as well as the Trustee Award for Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership in 2001.

Levin recently received a Fulbright lecture/research award. She will be teaching and composing at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from March-July 2008. She is currently the Founding Director of the Center for Chicago Programs, Associate Dean of Faculty, and Composer-in-Residence at Lake Forest College.

Recent Works:

Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra, Trio for viola, cello and piano, Tides (flute and piano), Passages (piano solo), Danças Brasilerias (woodwind quintet), Two Sonnets for Music (chorus and orchestra), Behold! (chorus SSAATTBB), Behold Thou Art Fair (chorus SATB)

Her curriculum vitae (May 2010):

Rami Y. Levin

Associate Dean of the Faculty

Director of the Center for Chicago Programs


Professor of Music

Phone 847-735-5170

E-mail levin@lakeforest.edu



Music Theory

20th Century Music

Latin American Music


20th Century Music, Composition, Brazilian music


Ph.D., Music Composition, University of Chicago

M.A., Music, University of California, San Diego

B.A., Music, Yale University

Courses Taught

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


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:

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 for 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 duet) 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:

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)


Majesty, for mixed choir (SATB), 2009 (Text: Psalm 93), written for Lake Forest College Concert Choir

Behold Thou Art Fair, for mixed choir (SATB), 2007 (Text: Song of Solomon), commissioned by the Chicago Chorale

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:

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 Exellence 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


Ms. Levin's biography on the American Composers Forum website, May 2010 (posted 2007). 

Ms. Levin's CV on the College website, May 2010.

Note Author: Arthur H. Miller

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