composer and sound artist

KCET's Arbound covers SOUNDWALK Griffith Park

Philadelphia / Fairmount Park

NBC 10 “This Walk in the Park Is Full of Music.”
— Philly Live’s Aunyea Lachelle speaks to composer Ellen Reid


isomonstrosity is a pandemic symphony that incorporates elements of rap and avant-pop.

isomonstrosity features Danny Brown and 645AR, also Kacy Hill, Danny L Harle, Empress Of, Vic Mensa, Tommy Genesis and Zacari, as well as new compositions by new music composers Ellen Reid, Bryce Dessner, Marcos Balter, Nina C Young, Stephen Feigenbaum, Wang Lu, Carlos Simon. 
isomonstrosity is Ellen Reid, Johan Lenox and Yuga Cohler.

Ellen Reid commissioned by New York Philharmonic for 2019-2020 Season!

Photograph by Joelle Grace Taylor for The New Yorker
Photo credit: James Matthew Daniel
Pulitzer Prize
Pulitzer Prize

I am blown away and incredibly honored to receive this year’s Pulitzer Prize in music. Composing p r i s m was a challenging, rewarding and deeply personal experience, and I hope this opera will help shed light on the experience of surviving sexual assault. While Roxie and I did not plan for the timeliness of the subject matter, I am so grateful that it has resonated with audiences. 

A massive thank you to the collaborators who are central to this work: Roxie Perkins, Beth Morrison and everyone at BMP, James Darrah, Julian Wachner and the folks at Trinity Church Wall Street, Chris Bordenave,  Rebecca Jo Loeb, Anna Schubert, Tatiana Barber, Charbel Rohayem, Gigi Todisco, Christopher Koelsch & LA Opera, Daniela Candillari, PROTOTYPE, Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Garth MacAleavey, Adam Rigg, Molly Irelan, Pablo Santiago, Eclipse Projects, Adam Lesser, Karen & Randy Reid.

Now I’m going to listen to some Aretha to celebrate!


— Ellen Reid

“Stunning... with Ellen Reid's incandescent ‘p r i s m,’
an opera composer is born.”

— LA Times (Mark Swed)

“a riveting new opera”

— I Care If You Listen (Catherine Womack)

“a fine line between poetic abstraction and gut-wrenching reality.”

— San Francisco Classical Voice (Jim Farber)


p r i s m   at LA Opera and PROTOTYPE

music by ellen reid
libretto by roxie perkins
directed by james darrah
conducted by julian wachner
produced by beth morrison projects

Oscillations | 100 Years and Forever

by Ellen Reid

Commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic

Video Design: Hana S. Kim, Keith Skretch
Libretto: Sarah LaBrie
Lead Research: Sayd Randle
Musical Direction: Seth Houston
Vocal Soloists:
Kelci Hahn, Angelica Rowell, Jodie Landau, Joel Nesvadba
Percussion: Sidney Hopson

Dreams of the New World

World Premiere
Sunday, MAY 13, 2018 7:00 PM

at Walt Disney Concert Hall

libretto by Sarah LaBrie
lead research/dramaturgy by Sayd Randle
conducted by Grant Gershon
featuring LA Master Chorale and Wild Up

“Most memorably… you’ll see musicians stationed on every floor as they play through composer Ellen Reid’s booming commission.”

— Time Out Los Angeles

Thought Experiments in F# Minor with Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller

original music by Ellen Reid
commissioned by the LA Philharmonic

Buster's Mal Heart

Original Music for Buster's Mal Heart starring Oscar Winning Actor Rami Malek

Ellen Reid is one of the most innovative artists of her generation. A composer and sound artist whose breadth of work spans opera, sound design, film scoring, ensemble and choral writing, she was awarded the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her opera, p r i s m.

In collaboration with composer Missy Mazzoli, Ellen co-founded the Luna Composition Lab. Luna Lab is a mentorship program for young female, nonbinary, and gender non-conforming composers. During the 2022-2023 season, Reid serves as Composer-in-Residence with New Mexico Philharmonic and is Contemporary Music Chair for Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

In 2020, she created Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK, an ongoing work of public art that reimagines city parks as interactive soundscapes. SOUNDWALK premiered in New York’s Central Park, featuring the New York Philharmonic, and continues to expand to parks around the world, including those in London, Dublin, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Athens, and Tokyo.

Ellen received her BFA from Columbia College, Columbia University and her MA from California Institute of the Arts. She is inspired by music from all over the globe, and she splits her time between her two favorite cities – Los Angeles and New York. Ellen Reid’s music is exclusively published by Chester Music, part of the Wise Music Group.


James Lemkin / Eclipse Projects


Ellen Reid’s music is exclusively published by Chester Music,
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Ellen Reid at work