The Lyric Opera of Chicago commissioned her first opera, which opened to critical success in 1997.A German translation premiered at the Bielefeld Opera in 1999.
She was the first woman to be appointed composer-in-residence with a major U. symphony, and she held the position for seven seasons.
Israeli-American composer Shulamit Ran was the first woman to be appointed Composer-in-Residence for a major orchestra (Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 1990–1997) and the second woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Music (1991).
In addition, she has won numerous other awards and commissions.
Ran's works for clarinet are placed within these contexts. Chapter two contains an analysis of For an Actor: Monologue for Clarinet in A while the third chapter addresses Three Scenes for Clarinet.
To conclude each chapter performance considerations are addressed in order to aid future performers in the preparation of these works.