Joelle Wallach composes for orchestra, chamber ensemble, solo voice, and chorus. Her String Quartet (1995) was the American Composers Alliance nominee for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize in Music. The New York Philharmonic Ensembles premiered her octet, From the Forest of Chimneys, written to celebrate the series’ tenth anniversary. To commemorate its 35th anniversary season in Carnegie Hall, the New York Choral Society commissioned her secular oratorio, Toward a Time of Renewal, for 200 voices and orchestra. Ms. Wallach’s ballet, Glancing Below — a 1999 Juilliard Dance Theater showcase production originally commissioned by the Carlisle Project — was premiered in Philadelphia during the summer of 1994, entered the repertory of the Hartford Ballet in February 1995, and received its New York City premiere that June. As early as 1980, her choral work On the Beach at Night Alone won first prize in the Inter-American Music Awards.
Born in New York, Joelle Wallach grew up in Morocco. Her early training in piano, voice, theory, bassoon, and violin included study at the Pre-College Division of The Juilliard School, and she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University, respectively. In 1984 the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with John Corigliano, granted her its first doctorate in composition.
This season, Dr. Wallach has returned to her New York City home after a two-year sojourn as visiting professor of composition at the College of Music at the University of North Texas.