Elizabeth Foster Comninellis

composer . pianist . singer


Elizabeth Anne Comninellis (b. 1986) is a composer, singer, and pianist. She recently completed her doctorate in music composition at the University of Texas at Austin. She holds a master's degree in music composition from the University of Colorado- Boulder, and a bachelor's degree in music composition, with emphasis in vocal and piano performance, from the University of Missouri- Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. She has studied with many acclaimed composers of modern art music, among them Yevgeniy Sharlat Chen Yi, Zhou Long, Paul Rudy, and Carter Pan.

Dr. Comninellis is an active educator and performer. She has been teaching privately for over 12 years, with emphasis on the Kodály and Dalcroze teaching methods. She consistently maintains a studio of 30 or more students of varying ages and levels. She also regularly composes and arranges pieces for her students to perform, as well for group classes and summer camp programs.

Comninellis is the composer-in-residence for The Boulder Symphony Orchestra. Her most recent work, Rose Deep, premiered in November 2017, featuring her as vocal soloist. The ensemble premiered her work, As Lightning Flashes for symphony orchestra, in April 2017. She has also been commissioned by a number of new music initiatives, most recently The Beerthoven Concert Series for its spring 2018 concert series, and The Arapahoe Philharmonic for December 2018.  Comninellis was also commissioned in 2016 by Tetractys New Music, for which she wrote Lady Wisdom and Solomon.  Her piece White Birds, for clarinet and electronics, was presented at the 2015 New York Electroacoustic Music Festival. Her percussion trio, Bringing in the Boat, was chosen for the Women Composers of Hartford's 2015 international score call. She was awarded the Levy Graduate Composition Prize for her chamber work, Flight, and was a recipient of the Kent Kennan Fellowship for music composition at the University of Texas at Austin.

Elizabeth primarily writes large chamber works, many of which have theatrical and narrative components. She seeks out collaborative projects with other artists from all fields: media, film, dance, theater. Many of her ideas are drawn from literature, visual art, film, dance, and personal faith. Most recently she undertook a collaboration with pianist and juggler, Mathilde LeGrand to compose several pieces that combine the two skills. These collaborations were featured by Quest Track Radio in Normandy, France in August 2017. In addition, Elizabeth regularly writes for film and documentary, especially films by her brother,  Joshua Comninellis.

Elizabeth recently married the love of her life, Rob Foster. They currently reside in Mahboula, Kuwait, where Rob teaches history.


Curricula vitae

Elizabeth Anne Comninellis

+965 9927 6375 . liz.comninellis@gmail.com . elizabethcom.com


DMA Composition                                                                                                      May 2017

University of Texas at Austin, Butler School of Music | Austin, TX


As Lightning Flashes, As Water Flashes for symphony orchestra

Large work for orchestra performed by the Boulder Symphony

Orchestra on April 8, 2017

Principle Teachers                

Yevgeniy Sharlat, Russell Pinkston


Diploma, magna cum lauda, Western Humanities                                                    May 2013    

Augustine College: Ottawa, CA


MM Composition                                                                                                         May 2012

University of Colorado at Boulder, College of Music | Boulder, CO


Symphony of Portraits: Vesper

Large work for orchestra read by the Symphonic Orchestra

at The University of Colorado- Boulder on December 12, 2012

Principle Teachers

Carter Pann, Dan Kellogg


BM Composition, minors in voice and piano                                                            May 2009

University of Missouri-Kansas City, Conservatory of Music | Kansas City, MO

Principle Teachers

Zhou Long, Chen Yi, Paul Rudy


University of Colorado- Boulder, College of Music | Boulder, CO                       2009 - 2011

Instructor of Record

MUSC 2111, MUSC 2121 Aural Skills and Sight Reading                                      

  • Taught two sections of sophomore level aural skills
  • Required course for all 2nd year music majors
  • Planned curriculum and wrote exams
  • Composed exercises and dictations for in-class practice and for homework
  • Held test review sessions and offered private tutoring

University of Colorado- Boulder, College of Music | Boulder, CO                       2009 – 2011

Teaching Assistant

MUSC 1101, MUSC 1111 Written Music Theory

  • Graded all assignments and exams for 52 students
  • Planned and gave lectures 2 to 3 times per semester
  • Organized study sessions prior to examinations
  • Tutored students individually and in small groups


Orpheus Academy of Music | Austin, TX                                                                  2013-2017

Director of Composition, Faculty Piano and Voice Instructor

  • Private voice and piano instructor to 30+ students
  • Directed compositional activities for faculty and students
  • Director of Composition/Improvisation Camps and Choir Camps
  • Organize faculty and student recitals


Rocky Mountain Theater for Kids | Denver, CO                                                      2010-2012

Musical Director, Vocal Coach/Accompanist

  • Composed and arranged musical numbers
  • Served as Musical director for 12 Musicals and 3 Musical Reviews
  • Taught and rehearsed all musical numbers
  •  Held vocal coaching sessions for principal actors
  • Hired and rehearsed musicians for the pit orchestra/band
  • Accompanied all 12 shows at the piano


The Lesson Studio | Boulder, CO                                                                              2010-2011

Private Voice and Piano Instructor


Meyer Music | Overland Park, KS                                                                              2007-2009

Private Voice and Piano Instructor


  •  Film composition and sound design
  • Orchestration for orchestra, chamber ensemble, soloists
  • Arranging for amateur and professional groups and soloists
  • Training in Dalcroze Eurhythmics and Kodaly teaching methods
  • Soprano, specializing in contemporary art music, folk, and jazz styles
  • Choral direction
  • Musical theatre direction
  • Pianist and accompanist
  • Voice actor and narrator


Boulder Symphony Orchestra                                                                                  2016-present


  • Commissioned and will premiere Rose Deep for symphony orchestra in Nov. 2017
  • Commissioned and premiered As Lightning Flashes for symphony orchestra in April 2017



  • Dream Songs | voice, cello, piano

Beerthoven Concert Series

  • Christmas Symphony | symphony orchestra

Arapahoe Philharmonic


Boulder Symphony Orchestra

Boulder Symphony Orchestra

  • Golden Birds | violin, voice, fixed media

James Zawaba-Martinez, violin


Tetractys New Music

Mathilde LeGrand, piano

Landmarks UT


Duo Haiku

  • Majestic LORD | SAB choir and piano

United Christian Church of Austin

Bass Concert Hall


Blanton Museum of Art

  • The Sea | children’s choir and piano

Orpheus Academy of Music

  • Morning at the brown brink… | children’s piano duet

Orpheus Academy of Music


Jessica Lindsey, bass clarinet


Tesla String Quartet


Keel Williams, bassoon

Taylor Richardson, cello




Orpheus Academy Faculty Recital | Austin, TX

Orpheus Academy Faculty Recital | Austin, TX

Recital Studio | Austin, TX

  • Psalm 51 | SATB choir


  • White Birds | clarinet and fixed media

CLUTCH New Music | Austin, TX

  • Hannah | SSA choir and harp


  • Arete | violin and guitar

CLUTCH New Music | Austin, TX


  • Flight | large chamber ensemble

Grusin Hall | Boulder, CO


  • The sky is overcast | narrator, bass clarinet, piano, cello

Grusin Hall | Boulder, CO

  • A Man Said to the Universe | voice, flute, percussion, piano

ATLAS Black Box Theater | Boulder, CO


  • Eho Andirisi | viola solo

Grant Hall | Kansas City, MO

  • Lullaby | soprano, mezzo-soprano, viola, piano

Grant Hall | Kansas City, MO

  • The Last Leaf | SSATBB and piano

White Hall | Kansas City, MO


  • Waiting | piano solo

 White Hall | Kansas City, MO

  • Some Thoughts | piano solo

 White Hall | Kansas City, MO



The Magic Lasso | chamber ensemble with actor/narrator

Collaboration with playwright Drew Paryzer, CLUTCH New Music: Austin, TX


Lonestar Documentary | fixed media piece for documentary film |

Lonestar Paralysis Gala | Austin, TX


Aqueous | harp and fixed media with choreography and live projection

Ears, Eyes and Feet | Austin, TX


Clockwork | composer and live performer of incidental music

Collaboration with playwright Chuck Novatka, Theatre O | Boulder, CO

Collaboration with playwright Chuck Novatka, Theatre O | Boulder, CO


2017   Piano, Piano on Quest Track Radio | Normandy, France

Program featuring two pieces I wrote for piano and juggler

2011   Chamber Music with Mike Pettengal on KKFI Community Radio | Kansas City, MO

Phone Interview and airing of 12 of my recent works

2010   The Colorado Spotlight on Colorado Public Radio | Denver, CO

Interview and radio premiere of the sky is overcast, as well as repeat broadcasts


 Orpheus Academy of Music | Austin, TX                                                                 2013-present

Director of Compositional Activities, Music Camp Director

  • Wrote student pieces for group classes and summer camps
  • Organized opportunities for students to write and perform new music
  • Directed and designed curriculum for “Composition/Improvisation Camp”
  • Directed and wrote music for “Choir Camp”

CLUTCH New Music | Butler School of Music | Austin, TX                                      2013-2016

Program Editor, Committee member

  • Helped to plan two concerts each semester
  • Edited all printed programs and program notes
  • Booked rehearsal spaces and organized dress rehearsal schedule
  • Helped with concert set-up and tear-down


Pendulum New Music | College of Music | Boulder, CO                                        2009-2011

Program Editor, Committee member

  • Helped to plan two concerts each semester
  • Edited all printed programs and program notes
  • Booked rehearsal spaces and organized dress rehearsal schedule
  • Helped with concert set-up and tear-down


Composer’s Guild | Conservatory of Music and Dance| Kansas City, MO           2006-2008

Committee member

  • Served on the program planning board
  • Helped to choose which music to program
  • Edited and designed the concert program and promotional materials
  • Scheduled dress rehearsal times
  • Booked rehearsal and performance spaces


Linda Hall Library of Science and Technology | Kansas City, MO                          2005-2007

Assistant to the Director of Development

  • Handled all communication with library patrons,
  • Planned and publicized lecture series’ and other library events
  • Wrote press releases and organized mailings
  • Kept the address database up to date
  • Helped to design and edit promotional brochures and lecture series outlines
  • Trained new staff members and library volunteers


2013-2017     Kent Kennan Graduate Endowed Fellowship

2015               Winner of International Score Call for Women Composers of Hartford

2010                Edward J. Levy Graduate Composition Prize



  • LaTex Electroacoustic Music Festival, performance of Immerse
  • Women Composers of Hartford, performance of Bringing in the Boat
  • New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, performance of White Birds


  • LaTex Electroacoustic Music Festival, performance of White Birds


American Composers Forum

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

Society of Composers, Inc. 

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