Bruce Lazarus

Joffrey Ballet School

Bruce Lazarus, music director, has 35 years of experience in the world of dance as composer, pianist, teacher, and music director. He has held long-term positions as Composer-in-Residence for Dance at Northwestern University and New World School of the Arts, Company Pianist for Dance Theater of Harlem, and Music Coordinator for Mark Morris Dance Group. He has also accompanied ballet and contemporary classes at most major dance studios in Chicago, New Jersey, and New York City. As composer, Lazarus’ published music at Swirly Music, E.C.Schirmer, and Theodore Presser includes works for piano, chorus, chamber music, organ, and arrangements of classical standards for flute solo and flute quartet. His major solo piano work, Explorations of the Messier Catalogue of Star Clusters and Nebulae, is widely available for CD/download via global distribution by Naxos of America, and his entertaining cabaret, Carrolling: The Lewis Carroll Project, is a regular offering at NYC’s Dixon Place Lounge and Cornelia Street Cafe. Honors for his work include Richard Rodgers Scholarship, Meet the Composer, AGO Composition Competition, American Guild of Composers Composition Award, NJ Arts Fellowship Grant, and residencies at Yaddo, Storm King Music Festival, and Arts Adhimsa. Lazarus studied at Juilliard where he earned his B.M. and M.M. in music composition and theory.