Alice Shields


Alice Shields is noted for the power of her writing for live and electronically transformed voices and the moving quality of her writing for instruments.  One of the pioneers of electronic music, she creates operas, vocal and chamber music and music for dance and video.  Her work is influenced by Western and non-Western forms of classical music and theater, including Bharata Natyam dance-drama and Japanese Noh Theater. 

Current performances include the world premiere of Larynx (2018) for piccolo, piano and three percussionists by Iktus Percussion on May 11, 2018 at Areté Gallery, Brooklyn, which will be recorded in January, 2019; two electronic scenes from the opera Mass for the Dead performed by the NYC-Electroacoustic Music Festival on July 20 2018, and the world premiere of her opera Zhaojun - The Woman Who Saved the World (2018) on November 20, 2018 in concert at Engelman Recital Hall, Baruch College by the Association for the Promotion of New Music.


  • instrumental quartet
  • solo instrument(s) +audio or video playback
  • voice(s)+ 1 inst or tape playback non-keyboard
  • ACE Publications

    12 title(s)
    Alice Shields AZURE
    flute, violin, viola, cello
    Alice Shields Balkan Melody 2 for wind quartet flute, clarinet in Bb, alto saxophone, bassoon
    Alice Shields Balkan Melody 3 for wind quartet oboe, clarinet, alto saxophone and bassoon
    Alice Shields KYRIELLE violin, tape
    Alice Shields LEVERTOV SONGS Mezzo Soprano, Viola
    Alice Shields MASS FOR THE DEAD Ghost Opera For 3 singers (Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Baritone), optional Chorus, fixed audio media, and 4 optional live inst (cello, bassoon, keyboard, percussion)
    Alice Shields Mioritza - Requiem for Rachel Corrie (for Trombone) Trombone and Fixed Audio Media
    Alice Shields Mioritza - Requiem for Rachel Corrie (for Trumpet) Trumpet and Fixed Audio Media
    Alice Shields NERUDA SONGS
    female voice, cello
    Alice Shields QUARTET FOR PIANO AND THREE PERCUSSION piano, glockenspiel, vibraphone, xylophone
    Alice Shields RIVER OF MEMORY trombone, tape
    Alice Shields WILDCAT SONGS Soprano, piccolo

    Additional Works