Composer Ellen Reid

Ellen Reid

2017-18 sound investment composer

Ellen Reid is a composer and sound artist whose work “brims with canny invention” (LA Weekly). Reid’s work is largely collaborative and takes the form of opera, chamber music, electronic pop songs, immersive interactive media, and scores for film and theater. Reid’s work has been hailed as “ineffably moving” by Mark Swed of the LA Times, “radiant” by Alex Ross of the New Yorker, and it’s been said that her vocal writing would “make you believe that the mythical sirens really existed” (KCRW). This season, Reid is an Artist in Residence at National Sawdust, where she will collaborate with wild Up, Beth Morrison Projects, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Jodie Landau, Royce Vavrek and Vision Into Art. Her piece for LAPQ was included on LA Phil’s Noon to Midnight festival, and her music in Buster’s Mal Heart- starring Rami Malek- was heard at the Toronto Film Festival. Her upcoming projects include a 40-minute work for the Los Angeles Master Chorale, solo cello piece for Johannes Moser, Prism with Roxie Perkins and James Darrah (produced by BMP), The Colony with filmmaker Sarah Adina Smith, a commission from Opera America, and an album of electronic pop songs. She and Missy Mazzoli co-founded Luna Composition Lab, a mentorship program directed at young self-identified female and gender non-conforming composers, in partnership with Face The Music. Ellen received her BFA from Columbia University and her MA from California Institute of the Arts. She splits her time between her two favorite cities – Los Angeles and New York.


Set in out of the ordinary locales, SESSION is a unique experience where LACO musicians join forces with compelling composers. Each program is designed to fit the unique properties of a space and test ideas about the relationship between performers and audience.

Sound Investment

Meet the composer, hear excerpts of the score-in-progress and attend a full orchestral rehearsal of the completed work.