biography

Amy Scurria is an award winning composer whose choral, orchestral, and operatic works are beloved by audiences worldwide. With commissions and performances from the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, and many others, Scurria’s music nearly always receives a standing ovation. A composer with a tremendous technique and something to say, (Classical Net), she writes with a powerful, musically poetic language (Boston Musical Intelligencer).

 

She holds a Bachelor of Music Composition from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, a Masters of Music Composition from the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University, a Masters of Music Composition from Duke University, and a PhD in Music Composition from Duke University. Amy has been honored to participate in programs at the European American Musical Alliance in Paris, France (EAMA), the Aspen Music Festival, Westminster Choir College, and in master classes with such world renowned composers as Christopher Rouse, John Corigliano, and James MacMillan.

 

In 1998, Amy Scurria was named the Haddonfield Young Composers winner for Beyond All Walking, (Theodore Presser Company),  at the time, the youngest composer to have ever been published by Presser. She is the recipient of 10 ASCAP Plus awards, the Duke University Evan Frankel Fellowship, the Duke University Summer Research Fellowship, and the Duke Aleane Webb Dissertation Research Award for her opera, Pearl, a retelling of Hawthorne’s novel, The Scarlet Letter, through the eyes of Pearl, the love child of Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale. As a mature female composer in a profession still dominated by men, Amy is passionate about the promotion and mentorship of young up and coming female composers including Florence Price, Amy Beach, and  Lola Williams. She is currently working on an operatic setting of Alice in Wonderland. Scurria believes that "music is a powerful and unusual language that, when spoken well, can reach the deepest part of the human spirit."

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