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AMY SCURRIA, PHD, BIOGRAPHY

Amy Scurria is a composer of orchestra, choral, opera, and chamber works. The press has said that she writes with a "powerful, musically poetic language" (Boston Musical Intelligencer), "her artistic personality is quite mature", and "a tremendous technique infuses the music, but Scurria never uses it to cover up a paucity of ideas. She's an honest workman - the real goods." She is a "composer with something to say" (Classical Net).


Securing her first commission by age 19 and her first orchestral premiere by 24, Amy Scurria enjoys a full schedule of composing new works as well as helping to disseminate the music of others, particularly women. Her compositions have been performed and commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the LongLeaf Opera Company, and many other orchestras and choirs. Her music has been performed throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and Asia. 

Scurria studied with Steve Jaffe (who served as her advisor and mentor) and Anthony Kelley at Duke University (PhD in music composition), Robert Sirota and Chen Yi at Peabody Conservatory (MM in composition), and Samuel Jones, Paul Cooper, George Burt, and Richard Lavenda at Rice University (BM in composition). She also studied with Narcis Bonet, Samuel Adler, and Philip Lasser at the European American Musical Alliance in Paris, France where she was honored to learn techniques passed down from the great Nadia Boulanger.

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