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.

New York City Ballet (1998-2009)

Featured roles include Balanchine’s THE NUTCRACKER (Soldier, Candy Cane & Chinese Tea), LA SONNAMBULA (Pastorale Dance), UNION JACK; Jerome Robbins’ THE FOUR SEASONS (Winter); Peter Martins’ FEARFUL SYMMETRIES, SLEEPING BEAUTY (Jesters), and SWAN LAKE (Neapolitan). Originated corps roles included Susan Stroman’s DOUBLE FEATURE; Peter Martins’ BACH CONCERTO V, CHICHESTER PSALMS, ROMEO AND JULIET; Melissa Barak’s TELEMANN OVERTURE SUITE IN E MINOR; and Richard Tanner’s SOIRÉE. Corps roles included George Balanchine’s DONIZETTI VARIATIONS, JEWELS (Rubies), A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, SLAUGHTER ON TENTH AVENUE (Cop), SQUARE DANCE, STARS AND STRIPES, SYMPHONY IN C, VIENNA WALTZES, WESTERN SYMPHONY; Jerome Robbins’ GLASS PIECES, PIANO PIECES, WEST SIDE STORY SUITE; Peter Martins’ RELIQUARY; and Christopher Wheeldon’s CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS starring John Lithgow.


Juilliard's Lunch & Learn: Lecture and open discussion with current Juilliard students, alumni, and administration about the collaborative process between dancers, choreographers, musicians, and composers.

The Opera-Composer Collaborative Project (OperaComp): Co-founder/Co-Artistic Director, OperaComp is a student-run interdisciplinary program at Juilliard where composers, playwrights, directors, singers, actors, and instrumentalists learn the craft of collaboration in the making of new opera.

Juilliard Pre-College Composers and New York City Ballet: Developed and felicitated an educational project that allows Juilliard Pre-College composers to attend New York City Ballet’s orchestra and stage rehearsals of Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. This unique opportunity gives young composers a chance to observe the orchestra rehearsing with NYCB dancers and to study the score while learning about all the elements that go into creating a theatrical production.

Teaching Ballet & Music: FineLine Theatre Arts (ballet and music theory), NYSSSA (ballet), the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Summer Program (ballet), Ballet Academy East (ballet), Adirondack Repertory Dance Theatre (ballet), Moving People Dance Center (ballet), and Dance Arts Los Alamos (ballet).


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


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

FILM & television

Center Stage (ABA Student; Nicholas Hytner, Director; Columbia Pictures), Saturday Night Live on NBC (featured), Excerpts from Balanchine’s The Nutcracker on ABC (Soldier), Live From Lincoln Center on PBS (Peter Martins’ Swan Lake, Balanchine's Centennial Celebration, Peter Martins’ Romeo & Juliet).

© 2017 Aaron Severini