Eva Kendrick

Eva Kendrick

Composer of Opera, Musical Theatre, Choral, Vocal, and Chamber Music

Eva Kendrick is a composer, songwriter and vocalist. She writes in many genres including opera, musical theatre, choral music, song cycles, chamber music and large scale pieces.

Eva's music ranges widely in style, incorporating classical, jazz, musical theatre and folk elements, depending on the piece. Her song cycle "Disir," based on the Norse Poetic Edda is haunting and beautiful, while her chamber piece "Juntos" combines rousing, rhythmic elements of South American folk dances. Her choral piece "To D.R. in Holloway" combines folk and gospel, and her wind ensemble and string piece "Against the Grain" is a fusion of classical and jazz.

Eva's theatrical works have been performed around the country. Her chamber opera "Emily" about the life of Amherst poetess Emily Dickinson has been performed numerous times and was presented in a fully staged production by the Thompson Street Opera Company in Louisville, KY last year. Her short opera "The Break-Up" premiered this year in Massachusetts and was also performed by the Contemporary Theatre Company in Wakefield, Rhode Island, with a West Coast premiere set for 2016. Her full-length musical comedy "Le Bistro Cafe" was the recipient of a Subito Grant from the American Composers Forum, and her upcoming full-length musical "Operator" received a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant.

Eva's choral works have been performed across the country as well. Her sacred choral works are inspiring, positive and spiritual with universe themes of love, kindness, tolerance and respect for all living things. Secular choral works include "To D.R. in Holloway," written by a British suffragette, "Those Lips that Love's Own Hand Did Take" for intermediate high school chorus and the "New England Madrigal," celebrating the change of seasons.

Eva has been commissioned by ensembles and organizations including the Atlanta-based Anon Ensemble, the Milton Chamber Choir, Dinosaur AnnexRialto Arts, the New Gallery Concert Series, the Community Music Center of Boston Chamber Orchestra, and the Providence Mandolin Orchestra. She has written scores for filmmakers in New York, Boston, Tempe, and Providence. Eva enjoys collaborating with poets and has set poems by Kathleen Spivack, Naomi Shihab Nye, Paul Turner, and Laurie Robertson-Lorant, producing large-scale song cycles and choral works. Other famous poets she has set song cycles and choral pieces to include e.e. cummings, Elizabeth Bishop, William Shakespeare and Walt Whitman.

In 2014, Kendrick was awarded the Judith Lang Zaimont Prize by the International Alliance of Women in Music New Music Search for her chamber piece Juntos. She also received the Marilla McDill Prize for Teaching Excellence and Community Service from the Community Music Center of Boston. Other awards include 14 ASCAPLU$ Awards from 2000 to the present, a Subito grant from the American Composers Forum, a Longy School of Music Scholarship, a USA Today Award, and the Robert J. Graves Music Scholarship from the Chopin Club of Providence. 

For more on Kendrick and upcoming performances of her works, please visit www.evakendrick.com.

  Latest Sheet Music  
Disir: Gullnar Toflur
Classical / Vocal music
Disir: Sol Ter Sortna
Classical / Vocal music
Disir: Meyjar Margs
Classical / Vocal music


  • 15 February 2015, Article
  • Boston Musical Intelligencer Review of "To D.R. in Holloway"
  • I had some anxiety about attending a concert by a women’s vocal ensemble. Would it involve choreography and costumes verging on kitsch? Surely the lack of any real bass would be a limitation.? My fears were unfounded. Anthology, an all-female vocal ...
  • 15 February 2015, Article
  • Boston Musical Intelligencer Review of "Against the Grain"
  • The Community Music Center of Boston presented an evening of Boston premieres by young composers performed by the new music ensemble Dinosaur Annex.  The program presented an  of John Adams’s chamber music. The piece very successfully ...