Composer & Lyricist


Julie Mandel, composer and lyricist, writes chamber music, opera, musical theater, popular and art songs. She is Concert Director of the Long Island Composers’ Alliance, a long-time Treasurer of New York Women Composers, and a member of the American Composers Forum and ASCAP. She has received the Burton Award for Contemporary Music for her String Quartet #3 recorded by the Meridian String Quartet on their CD, DIVERSE LIGHT and published by Theodore Presser. Her work has been recorded and performed widely. She has received many ASCAP Awards and several awards from Meet The Composer. 

Her recent solo piano suite INTERVALS, 24 Works for Piano, each of which begins with a different interval, has been recorded in its entirety by Hadassah Guttman. Various pieces from the collection have been played at concerts by Andrea Lodge, Blanche Abram, Hadassah Guttman and Paolo Bartolani.

Her one-act opera, “I Wish, I Wish, I Wish”, was performed at the Thalia Theatre in New York and at Otterbein College. "A GLORIOUS DAY", a musical based on G.B. Shaw's play, "Getting Married" has been produced in New York and regionally.  The Pious Cat, based on a story by I.L.Peretz,  for soprano, clarinet, piano and narrator was recorded by Darcy Dunn, Daniel Dorrance, Barbara Ames, and Mark Singer and is available on the iTunes store. A commission from Paul Taub, flutist of the Seattle Chamber Players, resulted in Blues For Paul for flute and piano which has had several performances.

Her woodwind quartet, CONVERSATIONS, was premiered in New Jersey by the Englewinds Quartet. Her String Quartet #6 was premiered by The Stony Brook String Quartet. She has had numerous performances of her chamber works at Queens College and Hofstra Univerity, Her chamber works have received many performances by the American Chamber Ensemble in New York City. Her works are frequently played by The Astoria Jazz Band. 

She was a participant in the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop. Musical Theatre works have been produced by the National Theater for the Performing Arts, Theatreworks, and the National Music Theater Network. Her musical theater work, "SUBWAY SUITE", for string quartet and voices, was premiered in the Goldstein Theater at Queens College with the Meridian String Quartet. “Presidents”, had two national tours. “2”, was produced by Actor’s Equity, and “Le Grand Café” by National Music Theater Network.  E.B. Marks Music has published many of her choral works. Her children’s opera, "Pari and the Prince", based on a William Saroyan story, published by McGraw Hill, has been produced nationally. She has just completed a second one-act opera based on Stephen Vincent Benet’s, "The Story About The Anteater".  

She studied 12-tone composition with Ernst Krenek and composition with Eric Zeisl at UCLA.