American composer of vocal music. She has composed over 250 songs, setting the words of classic and contemporary English-language poets, including the lost voices of poets who perished in the Holocaust.
Her opera, The Scarlet Letter, to a libretto by David Mason (based on the Nathanial Hawthorne classic), will receive its professional premiere at Opera Colorado in May 2016 starring Elizabeth Futral.
Her children's opera, "The Three Feathers," to a libretto by Dana Gioia (based on a Grimm's fairy tale), has been commissioned by the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech and will receive its premiere there in October 2014.
Laitman's music has been featured on Thomas Hampson's Song of America website and radio series, and an entry on her music is included in The Grove Dictionary of American Music.