Lara Golan is a pianist, songwriter and composer. She received her Masters degree in music composition from Northwestern University in 1998 and has composed for Atomic Imaging, Redmoon Theater, Chicago Public Schools, Forte Chicago and fellow artists in the community. Her compositional work includes pieces for solo instruments, chamber and orchestral works, electronic/computer music and pop songs. She has written music for a wide variety of projects including an educational computer game, online marketing/commercials, a documentary film, the opening credit music for two television show pilots and music for various forms of theater. Her very first theatrical score (Dr. Egg and the Man With No Ear, created by Redmoon Theater) was nominated for a Jeff Award (Chicago’s version of Broadway’s Tony Awards) for Best Original Incidental Music in 2009. Her most recently performed work was the original music for The Sausage Show, created and performed in May of 2016 by Forte Chicago, an all-female musical comedy troupe comprised of opera singers. Lara’s natural inclinations lead her to write music that is somewhat dark, surreal and playful, but she is confident composing in any style and can tailor a composition to fit any kind of project. She enjoys working off a visual component or storyline and thrives on collaboration.
In addition to her work as a composer, Lara worked as a Musician-in-Residence at Rush Children’s Hospital via the non-profit arts education organization, Snow City Arts Foundation from 2005 – 2011. Snow City Arts provides arts education to hospitalized children and Lara spent time creating music projects with inpatients between the ages of 2 and 22. In 2007, her project Up, Up and Away! (in which she had children create their own superhero and write/record a theme song) was featured on Chicago Public Radio. From 2005-2008, she was in world music band Radio Mango, writing songs, playing keyboards and singing harmonies. She also teaches piano lessons to students of all ages.