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PKHENTZ! (upcoming)

    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: 60'



    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'

    Eighth Blackbird, Pacifica String Quartet, and more

    Logan Center for the Arts, Chicago

A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings

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

    For piano and five singers

    Duration: 45'

    Amherst College Music Department, Amherst, MA


Wind's Voice

    For chamber orchestra


    Duration: 11'

    Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

    Saint Paul, MI

Chamber & Solo

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

    for string quartet

    Duration: 8'

    Cassatt Quartet

    Oktaven Studios, NY

Dancer at an Exhibition

    Duration: 20'

    for string quartet

    Cassatt Quartet

    Clark Institute of Art, Williamstown, Mass.


    for two violins

    Duration: 6'30''

    Marie Comuzzo and Victoria Senko, violins

    Five College New Music Festival

    University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Box of Surprises

    For solo piano

    Duration: 4'

    Dylan Schneider, piano

    Are-We-There-Yet Festival, Amherst College

Perversion No. 2

    For Toy Piano

    Duration: 4'

    Judith Gordon, toy piano

    Smith College

Moment Musical

    For Flute and Violin

    Duration: 2'30''

    Constance Volk (flute) and Austin Wulliman (violin)

    Fulton Recital Hall – Chicago


Dances in Incendiary Keys: Piano Quintet

    For Piano and String Quartet

    Duration: 19'

    Lisa Kaplan & The Pacifica String Quartet

    Contempo TMT - The University of Chicago

Rhapsodie atomique

    For solo piano

    Duration: 6'

    Dylan Schneider, piano

    New Music Ensemble - University of Chicago

Collision Course: Toccata for Cello & Piano

    Duration: 12'

    Premiere: April 9, 2011

    Amy Briggs (piano) and Paula Kosower (cello)

    Soundquakes - The University of Chicago

Reflections of Time and Fire

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

    Duration: 5'

    Eighth Blackbird

    Contempo: Tomorrow's Music Today

    University of Chicago

Nocturne and Wake-Up Call

    For Solo Flute

    Duration: 6'

    Tim Munro (flutist, Eighth Blackbird)

    Contempo: Tomorrow's Music Today

    University of Chicago

Sonata for Clarinet and Piano

    Duration: 9'

    Dylan Schneider, piano - Ed Tandinsky, clarinet

    Amherst College Department of Music

32 Binary Appetizers

    For Solo Piano

    Durations: 0:30-4 min. each; 35' total

    Dylan Schneider, piano

    Amherst College Department of Music

Vocal & Choral

Sinfonía Nocturna

    A song cycle based on the poetry of Líber Falco

    For Soprano, Flute, Clarinet, Cello, & Piano

    Duration: 10'

    Patricia Michaels, soprano

    New Music Ensemble - University of Chicago

A Process in the Weather of the Heart

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

    Duration: 15'

    Julia Fox, soprano

    Amherst College - Department of Music

    After poem by Dylan Thomas

Music for Shakepseare's Hamlet

    For Soprano and Piano

    Duration: 8'  

    Kit Wallach (soprano), Dylan Schneider (piano)

    Amherst College - Department of Music

Buddha in Glory

    For a cappella choir (SATB)

    Duration: 6'

    Poem by Rainer Maria Rilke, translated by Stephen Mitchell

    Amherst College - Department of Music

Installations & Multimedia


    Interactive Exhibit

    Premiere: Pilot Hill Center for Higher Consciousness

    Description: Visitors to an Art Gallery interact with a MIDI device

    that transforms their inputs into a rich soundscape


    For Laptop

    Premiere: Amherst College, Department of Music

    Description: Voices of noted musicians, reflecting on Mahler,    

    become the source material for a work that evokes the

    atmosphere of the first movement of Mahler's 9th Symphony

Orchestrations & Arrangements

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

    Arranged for Chamber Ensemble by Dylan Schneider

    Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

    University of Chicago


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.




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

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Nocturne & Wake-Up Call

Tim Munro, flute