As founder and artistic director of Tricinium, he brings his unique Verbatim Project to communities and organizations around the world. For over 25 years, he has facilitated residencies to create and perform original music-theater pieces that speak to the group's own lives and experience. These collaborative works include junior high and high school meditations on society; workshops for teachers and college students; a celebration of The New Hampshire Character for the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation's 40th Anniversary; and community residencies sponsored by ad hoc groups of local citizens. Siegel is currently developing Portraits, a series of cabaret-operas that tell real-life stories of individuals and their relationships in the fullness of life.
Lawrence Siegel's compositions have received numerous awards and critical praise. One of his most acclaimed works, Kaddish, is an oratorio with a libretto drawn from the testimonies of survivors of the Holocaust. Kaddish was commissioned by the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College in New Hampshire, where it debuted in 2008. Following its world premiere by VocalEssence in Minnesota in 2008, Kaddish was performed by the Houston Symphony in 2010, and by the Jerusalem Symphony at Yad Vashem, on the Mount of Remembrance in Jerusalem in 2011, as well as on college campuses nationally. His musical works have won awards from the McKnight Foundation, the New England England Foundation for the Arts, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, and many others. A three-time recipient of a Performing Arts Fellowship from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, he was inducted as a Lifetime Fellow in 2013.
Siegel moved to the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire in 1987, where he has explored a remarkable vision of collaborative art making. In 1990, he won a "Tapping the Source" Grant, supported by the National Endowment for the Arts through the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, which led to the creation of The Village Store Verbatim. This "folk opera" was produced by New Hampshire Public Television in 1994 and aired around the country. He composed the music for The People's House, an original musical set in the New Hampshire State Legislature.
Siegel was a fellow in composition at the Tanglewood Music Center and three times a fellow at the MacDowell Colony. From 1999-2010, he was composer-in-residence at the Eugene O'Neill National Puppetry Conference in Waterford, Connecticut. In 2000, he was Millennium Artist in the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation's Artists and Communities Program, working with the community of Harts, West Virginia. A musician at heart, Larry has performed nationally with several traditional bands.
Lawrence Siegel received his Doctorate in Music Theory and Composition from Brandeis University in 1988. His compositions have been characterized as unabashed tonal music, Schumann-like in its passion, melding influences of modernism, traditional music, and musical theater.
Awards & Recognitions
- McKnight Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Lifetime Fellow of New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.