Read about Silver’s new opera, A Thousand Splendid Suns

A Thousand Splendid Suns has just received an NEA grant for future workshops and will be one of the featured operas in Opera America’s  2016 New Works Forum 

Read about the recent premiere (and hear excerpts) of Beauty Intolerable, A Songbook based on the poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay 

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center commissioned a new work, Nocturne, Based on Raga Jog, from Sheila which was premiered April 30, 2015  by Gilbert Kalish. We’ll put it online soon.



“Not only is the story (The Thief of Love DVD) entertaining, but so is the score. This is Silver’s first opera, but she knows what a good opera needs; melody. And she offers it in abundance. It all sounds quite fresh and appealing.” American Record Guide (2007)

“Only a few composers in any generation enliven the art form with their musical language and herald new directions in music. Sheila Silver is such a visionary.” Wetterauer Zeitung, Germany (2004)

Midnight Prayer for orchestra “… is an important and substantial piece… Silver describes her work as a “prayer for world peace,” but it is no quiet, passive meditation. Rather, it is a remarkable 12 minute tone poem that conveys a sense of urgency through its ingenious use of harmonic tension and orchestral color.” Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester (2005)

Silver is a classic Modernist, with a traditional sense of time…  (The Piano Concerto) speaks with what I’d call a depth of discourse. Though emotionally rewarding, it bursts with intellectual abundance. Though complex, complexity isn’t its main point. At its best, it bespeaks a maturity of mind and culture found in few composers.  (Classical Net)