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Early life: LLW was born & raised in New York City. Her earliest entertainment influences were watching Arturo Toscanini conduct the NBC orchestra, Mary Martin play Peter Pan on Broadway, and being a member of the 'Peanut Gallery' on the Howdy Doody Show.

Education: LLW was trained as a classical pianist (primarily by Ethel Gould...whose teaching lineage goes back to Beethoven) and studied TV and Film Scoring at UCLA.

Current creative work (artist's statement): "I'm a genre-surfing composer who embraces traditional styles such as classical, blues, gospel, pop, and others which are integrated into choral and instrumental works. Technology and traditional ethnic instruments (such as the Chinese pipa and erhu, and the microtonal theramin) are also incorporated. The common denominator of the compositions is attention to melodic line and frequent use of polyphony. I also enjoy collaborative efforts with visual and performance artists."

Production work: LLW produces many of her own shows, and also produces shows presenting excellent (but relatively unsung) talent to various audiences. Recent presentations have included the Archie Edwards Blues Band and The Dunbar Jazz Ensemble.


Commissioned works have been performed by ensembles such as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, the U.S. Naval Choir, Concert Artists of Baltimore, the Peabody Children's Chorus, and The Morpheus Trio.


Yale Gordon Artist-in-Residence for 2001 - LLW presented seminars and lectures at Western Maryland College in April of 2001. A commissioned choral work was premiered on April 22nd for the investiture of the college's new President. Dr. Joan Devlin Coley.

AVAM - As composer-in-residence at Baltimore's American Visionary Art Museum, LLW presented a series of concerts with original music inspired by various works in the exhibitions.

LOVE: ERROR AND EROS series in the summer of 1998 featured 12 original works presented in-situ, with the spectators moving between artworks as the pieces were performed by various small-ensembles & soloists.

WE ARE NOT ALONE...THE CONCERT was presented in the fall of 1999 and featured five new works scored for chorus, percussion, and electronics. It was performed at AVAM by Concert Artists of Baltimore under the direction of Maestro Edward Polochick. Visual and performance artist Joyce J. Scott led the audience on a tour of the exhibit prior to the concert. The concert was held in the Tall Sculpture Barn at AVAM with accompanying slides of the selected visual art.

Walters Art Museum - LLW and Joyce J Scott will be artists-in-residence as part of the 2003 VIVAT ! celebration of the 300th anniversary of the city of St. Petersburg (Russia). The residency will include concerts and workshops.

Ongoing projects

Ebony & Irony - Joyce J. Scott and LLW present an on-going music and comedy series, produced by Private Sector Productions. Past performances, at the Lava Lounge at the Art House (formerly the Chart House) and the Creative Alliance's Ground Floor, have also featured Joe Wall as guest MC & DJ, Donna DiStefano, Lafayette Gilchrist, David Crandall, M. Dion Thompson, Charles Funn, and Linda Nelson.

Bud: the Musical - LLW has created music for D.S. Bakker's evolving tales of Bud, the mannequin whose travels with Bakker are photographically documented and integrated into an ever-expanding 'travelogue with a message.'