Composer & Lyricist


Julie Mandel is a composer of chamber music and works for musical theater. A member of the Long Island Composers’ Alliance, current Treasurer of New York Women Composers, a member of the American Composers Forum and ASCAP, her work has been recorded and performed widely. She has received the Burton Award for Contemporary Music (2002) for her String Quartet #3 recorded by the Meridian String Quartet on their CD, DIVERSE LIGHT and published by Theodore Presser. She has received many ASCAP Awards and several awards from Meet The Composer.

Her woodwind quartet, CONVERSATIONS, was premiered in May 2010 in New Jersey by the Englewinds Quartet. Her String Quartet #6 was premiered in December 2009 by The Stony Brook String Quartet.  She has had numerous performances of her chamber works at Queens College and Hofstra College, Her chamber works have received many performances by the American Chamber Ensemble in New York City. Her 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 works are frequently played by The Astoria Jazz Band. 

She was a participant in the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, and has written music and lyrics for musical theater works such as A GLORIOUS DAY, based on G.B. Shaw's play, Getting Married produced first at the Westside Dance Project and the York Theatre in New York. Other 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 in December 1999, with the Meridian String Quartet. Her one-act opera, “I Wish, I Wish, I Wish”, was produced at Otterbein College. “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 worksHer 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, “Story About The Anteater”.

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