SCOTT GENDEL is a composer, vocal coach, theatrical music director, singer, and pianist living in Madison Wisconsin. As a composer, his music has a wide-ranging scope, but Scott is particularly fond of all things vocal, and the artistry of the human voice in all its forms. As a performing musician, Scott collaborates on vocal recitals around the country, and is the official pianist and vocal coach for Madison Opera.
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. Last year, Scott’s song “Advice to Those Like Me, With Hearts Like Kindling” was premiered by soprano Melody Moore in her Carnegie Hall debut recital. Scott’s choral-orchestral oratorio “Barbara Allen,” based on the traditional Appalachian folk song, was premiered by the Santa Clara Chorale & San Jose Chamber Orchestra this spring.
In 2005, the same year he received his doctoral degree from UW-Madison, Scott was awarded first prize in the ASCAP / Lotte Lehmann Foundation Song Cycle Competition, a juried national award in its inaugural year. More recently Scott was the second prize winner of the 2016 NATS Art Song Composition Award, and winner of the 2017 Ortus International New Music Competition. 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.
Upcoming commissions include the original opera “Super Storm” for Opera for the Young’s 2018-2019 season, which will be performed in nearly 200 schools around the midwest; and a song cycle for soprano, cello, & piano on the poetry of Emily Dickinson to be premiered & recorded in her hometown of Amherst Massachusetts by soprano Jamie-Rose Guarrine, cellist Karl Knapp, and the composer at the piano. Please visit http://www.scottgendel.comfor more information.
Projects with MCP:
Drown'd in One Endlesse Day; February 2018
Old Lessons and New Carols; December 2017