Works by Genre or Instrumentation

Scores and parts of Laura Kaminsky’s music are available for distribution through Bill Holab Music. A complete list of available recordings can be viewed on the Buy CDs page. Kaminsky is a BMI composer.


February (libretto Laura Kaminsky and Lisa Moore; based on the novel by Lisa Moore) principals: mezzo-soprano and baritone; featured: mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone; supporting: soprano, 2-3 baritones; SATB chorus; flute/alto flute; oboe; clarinet in Bb; bassoon; 2 trumpets in C; trombone; 3 percussionists; harp; piano/electric organ; fiddle; strings

Finding Wright (libretto: Andrea Fellows Fineberg) 2 sopranos; 3 mezzo-sopranos; 2 tenors; 2 baritones; bass; piano (doubling celesta); harp; percussion; strings; in two acts of approximately 2 hours (2021)

Hometown to the World (libretto: Kimberly Reed) 2 mezzo-sopranos; baritone; chorus – SSA or SSATB; clarinet, violin, viola, cello, double bass; percussion; in one act of approximately 70 minutes duration (2021)

Today It Rains (co-librettists Mark Campbell & Kimberly Reed; projections by Kimberly Reed) soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, bass, vocal ensemble: soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor; flute/alto flute; clarinet/bass clarinet; bassoon; French horn; string quintet; 2 percussionist; in one act of approximately 78 minutes duration (2018)

Some Light Emerges (co-librettists Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed) 2 sopranos, 2 mezzo-sopranos, tenor, baritone; flute/alto; bassoon; trombone; percussion; piano; violin; cello; in one act of approximately 80 minutes duration (2016)

As One (co-librettists: Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed; film: Kimberly Reed) mezzo-soprano, baritone, string quartet; in one act of approximately 75 minutes (2014)

"As One" multi-media chamber opera

Ashley Cutright and Luis Alejandro Orozco in the Urban Arias production of As One.


Oboe Concerto (2014; commissioned by Buffet Group Wind Instruments for the Orchestra of St. Luke’s)
Piano Concerto (2011; Koussevitzky Commission for Ursula Oppens and the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic)
Night Storm for string orchestra (or string quintet) (2010)
Terra Terribilis: Concerto for Three Percussionists and Orchestra (2008; commissioned by the Westchester Philharmonic)
Spiritlines for string orchestra and piano (2006)

String Quartet

Pentimento (2023)
Rising Tide
Cadmium Yellow (2010)
American Nocturne (2009)
Monotypes (2005)
Transformations II (2002)
Transformations (2000)
Twilight Settings for soprano, string quartet and percussion (1988)

Solo: Piano

Alluvion (2020)
Reckoning: Five Miniatures for America for Piano Four Hands (2019)
Calendar Music (2008)
Music for Artur (2006)
Danza Piccola (2002)
Triftmusik (1991)
Fred’s Piece (1989)

Solo: Other Instruments

Ruminations for guitar (2023)
Until a Name
 for flute (2003)
Blast for French horn (2009)
Elegy for the Silenced Voice for trumpet (1995)
The Great Unconformity for cello (2010)
Isole from L’arcipelago delle delizie for cello (2005)
Spirit Lost and Found for guitar (1995)


Reckoning (2019); see Solo: Piano
for flute and piano (2017)
 for violin and piano (2015)
Wave Hill
 for violin and piano (2009)
Duo for violin and piano (2006)
Duo for flute and piano (2006)
Music for Thelma for violin and piano (2005)
Duo for cello and piano (2003)
Interpolations on Utopia Parkway for oboe and piano (1993)
It Comes and It Goes for flute and guitar (1990)
Whence It Comes for cello and percussion (1990)
Just Here, Sitting Now for clarinet and piano (1988)
A Dream Revisited for flute and percussion (1984)

Mixed Chamber Ensemble

Overflow for string quintet: 2 violins, viola, cello, bass (2023)
Reading Nafisi
for clarinet, cello and piano (2023)
for flute, clarinet, violin and cello (2022)
Desert Portal for two flutes, clarinet, trombone, cello and two percussion; with optional projections and/or dance (2020)
Piano Quintet (2018)
Dreaming Absinthe
for flute, oboe, 2 guitars, violin and cello (2015)
Deception for clarinet, violin, cello, piano (2014)
Homage to Havel for flute, oboe, 2 guitars, violin and cello (2013)
Catastrophe for flute, oboe, 2 guitars, violin and cello (2012)
Horizon Lines for oboe, bassoon and piano with film (2011)
Inlets for flute, cello and piano (2011)
Piano Trio (2007)
Cadenza Variations for woodwind quintet (2004)
Runaway Anemone for mandolin and guitar (2003)
The Full Range of Blue for flute, clarinet, violin and cello (2001)
River Music for flute, piano and percussion (2000)
Vukovar Trio for violin, cello and piano (1999)

Chamber Music with Voice

Aluta Continua for soprano, flute and harp (1996)
And Trouble Came: An African AIDS Diary for narrator, viola, cello and piano (1993)
Proverbs of Hell for soprano, marimba and piano (1989)
Twilight Settings for soprano, string quartet and percussion (1988)
Nightpiece for Tenor, Flute, Clarinet, Cello and Piano (1985)

Songs (all songs are transposable to any voice type)

Ida Up Front for soprano, mezzo-soprano and piano (libretto: Leah Maddrie) (2020)
Marriage Equality for mezzo-soprano and piano (poem: Elaine Sexton) (2019)
Right To Life
for mezzo-soprano or baritone and piano (poem: Leah Maddrie) (2016)
1968 – 10,000 Go-Go Boots for mezzo-soprano and piano, from Fierce Grace: Jeannette Rankin (libretto: Kimberly Reed; additional songs: Ellen Reid, Kitty Brazelton, Laura Karpman) (2016)
Five Songs on Texts by Fauset and Grimké for tenor or baritone and piano (2013)
Rise, My Love for medium or high voice and piano (text: Song of Songs) (2003)
Whitman Songs for baritone and piano (1992)


Tempest-tossed (SSATB), on the poem by Emma Lazarus, from the opera Hometown to the World, libretto by Kimberly Reed (2022)
A Brighter Light (SATB and piano; duration 3:30) (2022)
For Lee Krasner for treble voices (2005)
The Seasons for treble voices (2003)
Libra for Chorus (SATB) (2002)