Often spiritual, humorous, or thought-provoking, Eleanor Aversa’s work has been performed in 20 cities in the U.S. and abroad.


Described as “shimmering” (The New York Times), “ethereal” (The Society for New Music), and “lustrous” (San Francisco Classical Voice), the music of Eleanor Aversa has been honored with national awards such as the Northridge Composition Prize and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the I-Park Foundation, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.  She has received awards and grants from ASCAP, the Queens Council on the Arts, and the American Composers Forum.

Aversa's works have been performed at numerous venues, including the Boston Conservatory, the Philadelphia Art Alliance, the Disjecta Contemporary Art Center of Oregon, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the June in Buffalo Festival, Tanglewood, and the Música Viva Festival of Portugal. Performers include the International Orange Chorale of San Francisco, clarinetist Jean Kopperud, the Juventas New Music Ensemble, neoLIT, the Rawlins Trio, San Francisco Choral Artists, and Second Instrumental Unit.

Dr. Aversa is an Assistant Professor of Composition at the Berklee College of Music. She holds degrees from Princeton University, the City University of New York Queens College, and the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied on a Benjamin Franklin Fellowship.

Describe your music

My music is melodic, but with unexpected harmonies and rhythms. I use a lot of counterpoint.  My vocal works (solo, chorus) often feature original text, especially for humorous pieces.

Here is a sample of things I've written music about:

the limits of reason, enlightenment & revelation, sacred music
birdsong, the I-Park Gravel Pit, the Sonora Desert
American superstitions, weather metaphors
Rosalind Franklin's DNA research
Paul Hindemith's tenacity
Mary "Mother" Jones' leadership
courage and perseverance

Interested in collaborating with

choreographers, musicians, scientists