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PKHENTZ! (upcoming 2021-22 season)

    An opera in one act after a story by Andrei Sinyavsky

    Company: subLIMINAL Opera Inc.

    Singers: Coloratura Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass, & One Child Actor

    Instrumentation: 1111/sax/1100/accordion/2 perc/pno/2221

    Duration: 1 hour



    An opera in one act after a play by Sławomir Mrożek

    Singers: Tenor, Baritone, Female Vocalist

    Instrumentation: fl/cl/accordion/pno/perc/2 vln/2 vla/2 vcl

    Duration: 25:00

    Premiere: May 17, 2013

    eighth blackbird, Pacifica String Quartet, and more

    Logan Center for the Arts, Chicago

A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings (2006)

    An opera in one act after a story by Gabriel García Márquez

    For piano and five singers

    Duration: 40:00

    Premiere: March 15, 2006

    Amherst College Music Department, Amherst, MA


Wind's Voice (2014)

    For chamber orchestra


    Duration: 11:00

    Premiere: April 14, 2014

    Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

    Saint Paul, MI


"Goes A-a-a-h": Quartet Bossa Nova for the Brazilian Rainforest (2020)

    Kátharsis Quartet

    Premiere: April 4, 2020

    Karuna Center, Northampton, MA

Dancer at an Exhibition (2019)

    Cassatt Quartet

    Premiere: December 6, 2019

    Clark Institute of Art, Williamstown, MA

Cliffhanger (2019)

    For two violins

    Premiere: September 6, 2019 (recording forthcoming)

    Marie Comuzzo and Victoria Senko, Violins

    Five College New Music Festival

    University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Box of Surprises (2017)

    For solo piano

    Premiere: March 25, 2017

    Dylan Schneider, piano

    Are-We-There-Yet Festival, Amherst College

Perversion No. 2 (2016)

    For Toy Piano

    Premiere: December 4, 2016

    Judith Gordon, toy piano

    Smith College

Moment Musical (2015)

    For Flute and Violin

    Duration: 2:30

    Premiere: October 16, 2015

    Constance Volk (flute) and Austin Wulliman (violin)

    Fulton Recital Hall – Chicago


Dances in Incendiary Keys: Piano Quintet (2014)

    For Piano and String Quartet

    Duration: 19:00

    Premiere: May 18, 2014

    Lisa Kaplan & The Pacifica String Quartet

    Contempo TMT - The University of Chicago

Rhapsodie atomique (2013)

    For solo piano

    Duration: 6:00

    Premiere: Nov. 15, 2013

    Dylan Schneider, piano

    The New Music Ensemble - The University of Chicago

Collision Course: Toccata for Cello & Piano (2011)

    Duration: 12:00

    Premiere: April 9, 2011

    Amy Briggs (piano) and Paula Kosower (cello)

    Soundquakes - The University of Chicago

Reflections of Time and Fire (2010)

    For Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello, Percussion, Piano

    Premiere: May 15, 2010

    eighth blackbird

    Contempo TMT - The University of Chicago

Nocturne and Wake-Up Call (2012)

    For Solo Flute

    Duration: 6:00

    Premiere: May 9, 2012

    Tim Munro (flutist, eighth blackbird)

    Contempo TMT - The University of Chicago

Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (2010)

    Duration: 9:00

    June 12, 2010

    Amherst College

32 Binary Appetizers (2006-2016)

    For Solo Piano

    Durations: 0:30-2 min. each

    Premieres: various 2005, 2006, 2008, 2015

    Dylan Schneider, piano

    Amherst College


Sinfonía Nocturna (2014)

    A song cycle based on the poetry of Líber Falco

    For Soprano, Flute, Clarinet, Cello, & Piano

    Duration: 10:00

    Premiere: February 18, 2014

    Patricia Michaels, soprano

    New Music Ensemble - The University of Chicago

A Process in the Weather of the Heart (2010)

    For Soprano, Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello, Percussion, Piano

    Duration: 15:00

    Premiere: November 15, 2010

    Julia Fox, soprano

    Amherst, MA

    Poem by Dylan Thomas

Shakepseare's Hamlet (2012)

    For Soprano and Piano

    Duration: 8:00    

    Premiere: May 15, 2012

    Kit Wallach (soprano), Dylan Schneider (piano)

    Amherst College

Buddha in Glory (2011)

    For a cappella choir (SATB)

    Duration: 6:00

    score available

    Poem by Rainer Maria Rilke, translated by Stephen Mitchell


Hear/Act (2014)

    Interactive Exhibit

    Premiere: October 10, 2014

    Description: Gallery visitors interact with a MIDI device that transforms

    their inputs into a rich soundscape

Mahleria (2011)

    For Laptop

    Premiere: December 2, 2011

    Description: Voices of noted musicians, reflecting on Mahler, become

    the source material for a work that delicately evokes the atmosphere of

    the first movement of Mahler's 9th Symphony


Numerous orchestrations and arrangements are available for ensembles of various sizes, and new commissions are accepted. Click below for an example:

Prokofiev: Scherzino for Piano - Op. 52, No. 4 (2012)

    Arranged for Chamber Ensemble by Dylan Schneider

    Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and more


Box of Surprises (2017) for solo piano

This piece employs a cyclic form. At the outset, a constellation of motives, sonorities, and gestures emerges in stark juxtaposition. Each of these minute musical seeds is developed and juxtaposed again, in a more evolved iteration of the cycle. Wash, rinse, and repeat. Before long, it starts to take quite a bit of time to “make it” through any one of these individual strains: they each sprout into entire sections of music, often interrupting one another as bits of one strain intrude on another.

I make a significant distinction in this piece between linear music (forward moving) and more static moments (let's call them hammocks for the brain) that afford the listener opportunities to reflect on where we've come—and how we got there.

— Dylan Schneider, August 20, 2017

STRIP-TEASE (2013) chamber opera

STRIP-TEASE received its premiere during the inaugural season of the Logan Center for the Arts, as part of the Contempo series at the University of Chicago. The performance featured three singers and the University of Chicago’s two Grammy-Award-winning ensembles in residence: eighth blackbird and the Pacifica String Quartet.

In the opera, a pair of office workers find themselves detained, for unknown reasons, in an empty room. Instead of escaping through the unlocked doors, the men quarrel about whether or not they are truly free to leave. Soon, however, it is too late: a supernatural, man-sized hand crawls into the room, subjecting the pair to outlandish punishments.

HEAR/ACT (2016) sound installation

I have always been fascinated by the notion of a piece that would blur the boundaries between composer, performer, and audience. In 2016, my installation project, entitled Hear/Act, allowed viewers in a gallery to interact with an instrument I created using a nine-square MIDI pad linked to a laptop running Max/MSP. My program transforms the participant’s simple inputs of velocity and duration into a rich soundscape, allowing the user to create nuanced improvisations.



Nocturne & Wake-Up Call

Tim Munro, flute


Moment Musical

By Dylan Schneider

Wind's Voice

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra


All scores are available upon request.

Please contact: dylanschneider@gmail.com

Prokofiev: Scherzino Op. 52, No. 4

Arranged by Dylan Schneider