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Scott Gendel

Scott Gendel, composer Super Storm

Scott Gendel is a composer, vocal coach, theatrical music director, and pianist living in Madison, WI. Recently, he recorded his piece “At Last” with soprano Camille Zamora and cellist Yo-Yo Ma, as part of “An AIDS Quilt Songbook: Sing For Hope,” a recording released on Naxos Records and GPR, benefiting amFAR, the American Foundation for AIDS Research.

As a composer, his music has a wide-ranging scope, but Scott is particularly fond of all things vocal, having written sixteen song cycles, fifteen stand-alone songs and duets, five pieces for voices and orchestra, thirty-six choral works, two full-length musical theatre works, and two operas. Scott is the second prize winner of the 2016 NATS Art Song Composition Award. In 2005, Scott was awarded first prize in the ASCAP / Lotte Lehmann Foundation Song Cycle Competition, a juried national award in its inaugural year.  That same year, he received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Composition from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a minor in opera accompanying and vocal coaching. Just after finishing his studies at UW-Madison, Scott served on the faculty for two years, designing and teaching an undergraduate composition curriculum.

As a collaborative pianist, Scott has performed a wide range of repertoire, including performances with the Madison Symphony Orchestra in operatic productions, professional musical theatre performances with the Barter Theatre and others, a featured performance with the UW-Madison Symphony Orchestra in Stravinsky’s Petrouchka, and recitals with faculty members at various colleges.  He has also been Music Director at Endstation Theatre Company and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Theatre. In addition to coaching many singers around the country, Scott is the official staff pianist / coach for Madison Opera, and has worked in that capacity for Opera North and the UW-Madison Opera program.

Some of Scott’s recent commissions include “Seven Princesses and a Bear,” a full-length original ballet for children, commissioned by the San Angelo Civic Ballet; “Advice to Those Like Me, With Hearts Like Kindling” for the Carnegie Hall debut of soprano Melody Moore; “It Was My Father’s Custom,” commissioned by the Madison Symphony Orchestra and Madison Youth Choirs; and “UNEARTHED,” a musical in two acts, incorporating Appalachian folk music and operatic style into an American Musical Theatre context, commissioned by the Endstation Theatre Company.

Scott’s music is published by Classical Vocal Reprints, ECS Publishing, and the Tuba/Euphonium Press. His art songs have been recorded on Albany Records, GPR Records, and Naxos. Scott’s composition teachers have included Daron Hagen, Stephen Dembski, and Joan Tower.

Last Updated: 2/28/17

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