Meira Warshauer

photo: Amanda Jacobs

With a musical palette ranging from traditional Jewish prayer modes to minimalist textures with rich melodic contours, and from jazz-influenced rhythms to imaginative orchestrations of the natural world, composer Dr. Meira Warshauer’s music has been performed live to critical acclaim and heard on broadcast and online media worldwide. In much demand for commissions, she writes for orchestras, chamber and vocal ensembles, and soloists, as well as opera.

Warshauer’s music expresses her personal spiritual journey and her love for the Earth. As Music Web International wrote in a review of LIVING BREATHING EARTH, “Warshauer’s music is shot through with and inspired by mystical and spiritual matters that span a love and respect for Mother Earth and the Jewish faith.” 

Performers and commissioners of her music include Dayton Philharmonic (OH), Allentown Symphony (PA), Slovak Radio Symphony, Orchestra Warsaw National Philharmonic, Moravian Philharmonic, South Carolina Philharmonic, Charleston Symphony, Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, Hudson Valley Philharmonic (NY), Indiana State University Orchestra, Western Piedmont Symphony (NC); choruses Zamir Chorale of Boston, Rottenberg Chorale (NYC), Colla Voce (SC); ensembles Jerusalem Lyric Trio, Kaleidoscope Ensemble (U.K.), Arioso Ensemble (AK), Upton Trio, Cross Island, North South Consonance (NYC), Cello8ctet Amsterdam, Lomazov/Rackers Piano Duo, Kobayashi-Grey duo, Opus Two, CUBE Contemporary Music Ensemble (Chicago); and soloists Paula Robison, Richard Stoltzman, Daniel Heifetz, Paul Lustig Dunkel, Haim Avitsur, Janet Hopkins, Mariya Kaganskaya, Ina Esther Joost, Richard Nunemaker, and Robert Jesselson. For the San Francisco premiere of her family chamber opera, Elijah’s Violin, she collaborated with stage director Yefim Maizel and music director Jonathan Khuner.

American Prize finalist Tekeeyah, the first ever concerto for shofar, trombone, and orchestra, commissioned and premiered by a five-orchestra consortium, was paired with American Prize bronze medalist Symphony No. 1: Living Breathing Earth (a three-orchestra commission) for Navona Records’ acclaimed 2011 release, LIVING BREATHING EARTH. Hadassah Magazine wrote “Symphony No.1: Living Breathing Earth” is a shimmering, joyous and soothing ode to the world’s beauty…” Both works have been broadcast repeatedly on Performance Today, and Aileen LeBlanc’s profile of the Symphony was aired twice on Public Radio International’s Living on Earth. Call of the Cicadas, a stand-alone movement from the Symphony, was featured in the Allentown Symphony’s “Go Green” concert honoring the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in spring 2020.

Streams in the Desert, an all-Warshauer album of music for orchestra and chorus inspired by the Torah includes Shacharit (Sabbath Morning Service)Ahavah (Love) (commissioned by SC Philharmonic) and Like Streams in the Desert (commissioned by Dayton Philharmonic). Recorded in Bratislava by Kirk Trevor and the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Chorus, the Albany Records album (Troy 973) has received wide praise. Choral works Akhat Sha’alti (One Thing I Ask) and Oseh Shalom (Maker of Peace) were part of the 2017 Ansonica album release Chévere, and a second Ansonica album Coro del Mundo (2018) featured We Are Dreamers. Both were recorded by Schola Coralina in Havana, Cuba.

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Warshauer has received Residency Fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Georgia’s Hambidge Center, and two Artist Fellowships in Music Composition from the South Carolina Arts Commission. The S.C. Music Teachers Association selected Warshauer as Commissioned Composer for 2012, and together with the Music Teachers National Association, supported Ocean Calling II: From the Depths, for two pianos. Spirals of Light for flute, cello, and piano, commissioned by Columbia College, was a winner in the 2017 National Flute Association’s Newly Published Music Competition, and Symphony No. 1 Living Breathing Earth received third place for Orchestra Composition the 2019 American Prize competition. The International Alliance for Women in Music granted its 2004 Miriam Gideon award to Yishakeyni (Sweeter than Wine), commissioned by the Jerusalem Lyric Trio. Other awards have come from ASCAP, Meet the Composer, and the American Music Center.

Warshauer has developed a Powerpoint lecture titled “For the Love of Earth” highlighting her concern for the planet as expressed through her music, which she presents for student and community groups. The South Carolina Sierra Club awarded her as “Silent Footprinter” in 2016 for her work opposing off-shore drilling along the Carolina coast.

A graduate of Harvard, New England Conservatory, and University of South Carolina, Warshauer has served on the faculties of Columbia College, University of South Carolina Honors College, Midlands Technical College, and as the Nancy A. Smith Distinguished Visitor at Coastal Carolina University. Her music is published by Lauren Keiser Music Publishing, Hildegard Publishing Company, World Music Press/Plank Road Publishing, and Kol Meira Publications. The Wilmington NC native divides her time between Columbia SC and Wrightsville Beach NC.

For more about the family opera, Elijah’s Violin, visit


Imagining Worlds

Release Date: January 5, 2024
Catalog Number: NV6592
21st Century
Solo Instrumental
Praised for her “incisive technique and an exceptionally rich and beautiful tone,” violinist Wanchi Huang performs a diverse range of compositions written by living composers on IMAGINING WORLDS from Navona Records. Huang’s virtuosic performance takes listeners on a dynamic voyage through the elegant grandeur of the baroque era to the historic hilltops of Italy, passing through reflections on our darkest moments and soaring towards the brighter days that lie ahead. Featuring new music by composers Adolphus Hailstork, Jeffrey Mumford, John Corigliano, Judith Shatin, and Meira Warshauer, IMAGINING WORLDS is a stunning showcase of Huang’s artistry and the compelling voices in contemporary American music.

Ocean Calling

Release Date: July 14, 2023
Catalog Number: NV6535
21st Century
OCEAN CALLING from composer Meira Warshauer is a moving trilogy for two pianos dedicated to the ocean. The three installments — “Waves and Currents,” “From the Depths,” and “The Giant Blue” — speak to the vast majesty of the aquatic world and the many challenges that face it. Innovative performance techniques coax unique sounds out of the instruments; a metal chain rustles on vibrating strings to mimic the white noise of breakers in “Waves and Currents,” while “From the Depths” utilizes coloristic “inside piano” techniques, and bowed tones recall sounds from the blue whale in "The Giant Blue." Against the backdrop of large-scale contaminations, overfishing, acidification, and rising temperatures, OCEAN CALLING is an impassioned plea on behalf of Earth’s greatest natural resource.

Fine Music, Vol. 3

Release Date: January 1, 2012
Catalog Number: NV5868
21st Century
Piano Trio
FINE MUSIC, VOL. III is the third compilation of the Navona Records Fine Music digital series. This installment features the works of Lawrence Siegel, Sergio Cervetti, Tony Piccolo, Adrienne Albert, Daniel Perttu, Gerhard Stabler, Jane O'Leary, Jim Scully, Meira Warshauer, Piffaro, John Carollo, William Vollinger, Peter Van Zandt Lane, Lawrence Ball, and Benjamin Yusupov. This collection both highlights some of Navona's choicest tracks and offers a preview of things to come.

Living Breathing Earth

Release Date: April 1, 2011
Catalog Number: NV5842
21st Century
Symphony No. 1, Living Breathing Earth, inspired by the rhythms and shadings of the earth, represents our planet in its radiant fullness, pulsing with breath, and alive with all variety of creatures and plants living in symbiosis with each other. Tekeeyah (a call) is Warshauer's call for an awakening to our true essence as human beings.

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