Media / concert Music composer



Media / concert Music composer




McAllen, TX



Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University



University of Texas at San Antonio


Edna Alejandra Longoria is a Latin American composer born in McAllen, Texas and raised in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, México. Edna obtained a Masters Degree in Music Composition at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University in Long Beach, and a Bachelors Degree in Music Composition from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She has had the privilege of studying composition with Dr. Alan Shockley, Dr. Carolyn Bremer, Dr. Adriana Verdie, Perry LaMarca, James Syler, Dr. James Balentine, and Dr. David Heuser. “Edna’s music is lively, and infused with originality. Her contagious rhythms infuse her pieces with lively character and a fresh dance feeling...Her composed music shows a personal and original voice and good command of music and drama...Her unique compositional voice is informed by her research in the music of the indigenous people of Mexico and Latin American countries.” (Adriana Verdie, Composer.)

Edna has had the opportunity to write pieces and participate in composition workshops with several professional ensembles such as the Kronos Quartet, Elixir Piano Trio, Vicki Ray and Eric Clark from the E.A.R Unit, and Los Angeles Percussion Quartet. Edna currently works as a composer for Snakebyte Productions.

Edna also works as a composition and piano instructor at the Musical Arts Center of San Antonio (MACSA) where she coaches young composers and offers beginner piano lessons.


A veces pega de verdad, pero es un puño que no duele"  -Andrea Bocelli 






Edna has been selected to be part of the “Alba Music Festival Composition Program” in Alba, Italy in May 2019.

Los ritmos para tres (Rhythms for Three) -selected to be part of PARMA Recordings 2019 Piano Trio Album, recorded by “Trio Casals.” The piece will be programmed for the fifth installment of Navona Records’ Moto series.

Danzas cautivas (Captivating Dances) -selected to be part of 2018-2019 North/South Consonance’s concert series in New York. Concert on February 17, 2019.

How Do I Love Thee? -selected to be part of the “Music by Women Festival” in Mississippi, March 2019.

Los ritmos para tres (Rhythms for Three) -selected to be part of the 2019 SCI National Conference in March 2019 in New Mexico.

La celebración (The Celebration)- selected to be part of the 2019 Regional VI Conference in Commerce, Texas.

Danzas cautivas (Captivating Dances) selected to be part of the 2018-2019 Verdant Vibes’ concert series in Rhode Island. Concert on May 17, 2019.



Carving a Life won the “Indie Spirit Award” at the New Hope Film Festival 2018.

Edna’s musical score for Carving a Life was nominated for the “Mary Austin Award Excellence in Film Scoring” and the “Marshall Hawkins Award Best Musical Score Feature Film” at the IDYLLWILD 2018 International Festival of Cinema.



”Carving a Life” (feature) was one of five films nominated for Best Dramatic Feature Burbank International Film Festival.

“Reconveyance” (short film) received the Best Western award at the Action On Film International Film Festival in Las Vegas.

“Carving a Life” (feature) was given the Award of Recognition presented by the IndieFest Film Awards.

“Carving A Life” (feature) will be available on Video on demand for streaming by Indie Right
Movies in October.

Demons has been released on Amazon.com for free (US only).

“Felices los dos” for string orchestra will be premiering on July 1st 2017 at Edgewood Theater of Performing Arts in San Antonio, Texas by faculty and students of the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio Music Institute (CMI). In addition, “Danzas Cautivas” will also be performed by the faculty of CMI.

“Danzas Cautivas” for string quintet and piano will be premiering on June 29th 2017 at the Tobin’s Center’s Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater by the faculty of the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio Music Institute (CMI).

Edna will be the Composer in Residency for the 2017 Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio Music Institute.

Iwona Glinka’s “One Minute” CD has won Silver Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Contemporary Classical at the Global Music Awards competition. Edna’s piece “El baile” is part of the CD.”

“El baile" is now available for purchase or streaming at iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Naxos Music Library, and others.

Edna will be scoring for the upcoming short film “Bloodhound Law”

Edna will be scoring for the upcoming feature film “Carving a Life”

Edna will be writing a Commission string orchestra piece for the faculty of the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio Music Institute 2017 summer program.

“Chicana Song Project” commission: A collaboration with Soprano Dr. Noel Archambeault.



Edna will be scoring for the upcoming short film “Sovereign Heart” by Snakebyte Productions.

“Demons” short film will be screened at the Oceanside International Film Festival August 10 th 2016.

“El baile” a one minute solo flute, will be featured in flutist Iwona Glinka upcoming flute solo CD. The CD presentation and performance are schedule for November 2016.

La celebración, “The Celebration” (string orchestra), commissioned for Tejeda Middle School, San Antonio,Tx.

Mis Raíces, “My Roots” (orchestra), commissioned for “La nueva orquesta sinfónica del IRCA. Reynosa, Tamaulipas México.

"Demons " has been officially selected into the International Corto Creativo Short Film Festival in Tijuana Baja California ,Mexico



San Antonio de Padua, (soprano,flute, piano) was premiered by soprano Dr. Noel Archambeault in November 2015 at the University of Delaware's Concert series, Tiger Lily.




References & Testimonials

Thank you Edna for your wonderful composition, which you wrote for us. We very much enjoyed performing it. Working with Edna was such a pleasure! Her warm and full of life personality projects in her exciting and innovative works. We wish her lots of success!
— Elixir Piano Trio
Edna’s music is a rare reflection of who she is. A unique hybrid of rhythm, Latin influences, and lyricism. She has the skills to make her music sing and dance.
— James Syler, Composer
Edna Longoria is the perfect combination of intelligence and creativity in composition. She is a joy to collaborate with and is sensitive to the needs of each commission she undertakes. Hard working and passionate about music and its mission, I look forward to many more collaborations with this phenomenal talent!
— Dr. Noel Archambeault, University of Delaware Voice Faculty, Soprano Singer
I asked Ms. Longoria to write a piece for my advanced middle school orchestra. She was very easy to communicate with and captured the essence of what I was looking for in her composition. My students loved the opportunity to work with a composer and the music she created was enjoyable and well received. Bravo!
— Erik Cavazos, Orchestra Director at North East Independent School District
It was my pleasure to conduct a piece written by one of the UTSA Women’s Choir members, Edna Longoria and to include it in a spring concert... Music is My Life was her testimonial to the profound role that music had played in her life. The piece was rhythmically energetic with a exuberant ending. Members of the ensemble embraced the joy of the piece as well as the fact that it had been created by one of their colleagues.
— Dr. Gary Mabry, UTSA Women's Choir Conductor


Awards & Honors



Lindsey III Achievement Scholarship Award for Outstanding Achievement and Promise in Composition, BCCM



Music Performance Scholarship, BCCM



1st Place, College of Liberal and Fine Arts Research Undergraduate Competition, UTSA



Presser Scholarship, UTSA



Pi Kappa Lambda Induction, UTSA

Texas Music Teachers Educational Foundation Award

1st Place, College of Liberal and Fine Arts Research Undergraduate Competition, UTSA



Reed Holmes Composition Scholarship, UTSA







Short film, 2016

Featured At:

• The Oceanside film festival


What Child is This



• Depth of Field international film festival competition

• oceanside international film festival


Lucky Strike



• The Newport beach film festival


Peace of Mind

SHORT FILM, 2014 (HBO's top 200 in Project Greenlight)





A Prickly Situation



• the newport beach film festival

• the Csu Media arts

• THE Humboldt film festival