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About Lawrence R. Mumford

The French philosopher Jules Combarieu once said, "Music is the art of thinking with sounds."


But music is more than thought - it is also the language of the soul. 

Lawrence Richard Mumford, who lives in greater Los Angeles, is an award-winning composer with music published by eight different companies. 

After its Chicago premiere, one reviewer called his Range of Light, for symphonic winds, 

“a stunning portrait of the Sierra Nevada.”  His Freedom Crossing (Short Symphony No. 2)  was called

“ ...eloquent...a centerpiece among other works on the program.”  Upon accepting a number of his vocal works, a publisher said, “We are so pleased to offer you contracts...thank you so much for the opportunity to promote your beautiful music...”


Mumford has been heard in places as varied as state-of-the-art concert halls to car radios.  His orchestral themes were heard on daily radio broadcasts in over 50 cities for more than fourteen years, and nine of his compositions have recently reached the finalist or semifinalist stage for The American Prize. An album containing one of his songs reached #1 on a Billboard playlist and was later named “Record of the Year.”  


He completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Composition at the University of Southern California, where his instructors included Robert Moore, Frederick Lesemann, and Morton Lauridsen. He studied film scoring, in master classes or private lessons, with Jerry Goldsmith (d. 2004), Earle Hagen (d. 2008), and, through USC’s film scoring program, David Raksin (d. 2004).


Prior to attending USC, he did doctoral work in music composition at Indiana University, earned a Master's in composition in one year at Baltimore's Peabody Conservatory, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from George Washington University with a Bachelor's degree in music theory and minors in voice and piano. He was part of an ensemble that premiered one of the last works by the great American songwriter Irving Berlin (d. 1989); and he was an invitee to a master class given by Aaron Copland (d. 1990).  


In addition to composing, Mumford serves as part of the composition and theory faculty at two Los Angeles universities, and also maintains a small private piano teaching practice. His favorite hobby is sailing - he is a certified instructor - and his wife Donna is both his biggest fan and his best advisor.