Aaron Severini

Aaron Severini composes music for concert, dance, film, television, and new media. Premieres include “Catch” performed by three-time Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn and pianist Cory Smythe at Davies Symphony Hall (CA). Aaron collaborates regularly with choreographers and has composed original scores for New York City Ballet, the Pacific Northwest Ballet School, The Juilliard School, and the New York Choreographic Institute. Severini's music has been licensed to underscore promotional campaigns for Cartier, Unicef, Squarespace, and MasterCard.

Professional Ballet Career


New York City Ballet (Corpse de Ballet Dancer): Performed roles in works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Peter Martins, and Christopher Wheeldon. Originated roles in works by Peter Martins, Susan Stroman, Melissa Barak, and Richard Tanner. Television appearances: Excerpts from Balanchine’s The Nutcracker (ABC) and multiple broadcasts of Live From Lincoln Center (PBS).


Choreography: The New York Choreographic Institute and The School of American Ballet Choreographic Workshop.


Documentation: Stanley Williams’ barre and center floor technique combinations for the recording, A. Katarina Batist in memory of Stanley Williams.

Education in Dance


The School of American Ballet, teachers included Stanley Williams, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Peter Martins.


The Royal Danish Ballet, teachers included Adam Luders.


The North Carolina School of the Arts, teachers included Duncan Noble, Melissa Hayden.

Leadership/Arts Education


Conceived and Implemented: Working with The School of American Ballet’s (SAB) Music Director, Jeffery Middleton, created a new music lecture series for a class of over fifty ballet students. The series introduces the fundamentals of music as they relate to movement in addition to the collaborative skills that foster lasting partnerships with musicians and composers.


Conceived and Implemented: Working with The Juilliard School and The School of American Ballet (SAB), arranged for composition students to attend an hour-long ballet class. Composers gained insight into physical demands placed on ballet dancers and studied the way they moved to music, including phrasing and interpretation of rhythm.


Lecturer on the Collaborative Process: As part of The Juilliard School's Lunch & Learn event, lectured and led an open discussion with Juilliard students, alumni, and administration on the collaborative process between dancers, choreographers, musicians, and composers.


Music Theory for Dancers: Introduction to music theory for dance students at FineLine Theatre Arts, ages nine through sixteen, focusing on meter, rhythm, and phrasing as it applies to movement.


Conceived and Implemented: Working with New York City Ballet (NYCB) and The Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division, arranged for Pre-College composition students to attend the orchestra and stage rehearsal of Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Students observe the orchestra rehearsing with dancers and have the unique opportunity study the score while learning about the creation of a ballet production.


Co-founder/Co-Artistic Director: The Opera-Composer Collaborative Project (OperaComp), the first student-run program of its kind at The Juilliard School, produce and oversee the interdisciplinary program where composers, playwrights, directors, singers, actors, and instrumentalists from Juilliard, NYU, and Columbia collaborate in the making of new opera.


Presentation on the Collaborative Process: Featuring Severini and Alvin Ailey dancer and choreographer Marcus Willis, discussion and Q&A at the 92nd Street Y on the collaborative process.


Conceived and Implemented: With support from The Juilliard School and New York City Ballet (NYCB), arranged for Juilliard composition students to attend NYCB orchestra and stage rehearsals. From music and dance, to lighting, set design, and costumes, composers study scores while experiencing all the makings of a collaborative production in a professional framework.

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