Amy Scurria

About

Amy Scurria - Composer

 

 

Amy Scurria is a composer of orchestral, choral, chamber, and operatic works. The press has said 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 “young composer with something to say” (Classical Net). 

 

Securing her first commission by age 19 and her first orchestral premiere by 24, Amy Scurria quickly became one of the premiere up and coming composers of her time. Her accomplishments include performances and commissions by the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the LongLeaf Opera Company, Sigma Alpha Iota and Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Richmond Symphony, the Bridgeport Symphony, the Vermont Youth Orchestra, Youth Pro Musica, the Shepherd College Concert Choir, and many others. She has had performances throughout the U.S., England, Brazil, Spain, Portugal, France, China, and Japan. Her studies include a bachelors in music composition from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, a masters in music composition from the Peabody Conservatory, composition studies at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, and further study at La Schola Cantorum (currently named the EAMA) in Paris, France. Amy recently completed her PhD at Duke University.

 

Amy has been the recipient of twelve consecutive ASCAP awards, the Haddonfield Young Composers Competition, a Duke University Summer Research Fellowship, the Evan Frankel Fellowship, the Aleane Webb Dissertation Research Fellowship.

Her music is available through Theodore Presser Company and Adamo Press (Dr. Scurria's publishing company)

 

She believes that “Music is a powerful and unusual language that, when spoken authentically, can reach the deepest part of the human spirit."

 

 

I am a sonic storyteller. My music represents the ultimate expression of my own story, of stories that I am drawn to, of life, and of philosophical and spiritual conundrums. I have always drawn inspiration from poetry and stories, making every single one of my pieces programmatic, whether they are composed as absolute music or set to a text. The story, while ever present, is not always obvious to the audience, because as much as I am telling my own story, I also believe in autonomy of interpretation. I see music as an opportunity for community. It is a call for seemingly disparate groups to connect sonically. That I can provide a platform upon which this can happen is always my greatest honor as a composer.

 

My first love is composing. Since I was a young child, I have been drawn to creating music. It challenges me emotionally, intellectually, creatively, physically. The advent of my passion for music began (as far as I can remember) at age 3 when I remember connecting deeply to music for the first time. It was in a dance studio in San Francisco, CA where I lived at the time. I ended up taking dance and as much as I loved leaping about the studio, it was really the music that I wished that I could climb into and become a part. I remember leaping about with such gusto as if my deer leaps might catapult me into the sounds that surrounded me. Five years later, I discovered that I could tell stories at my piano. Not knowing how to notate at age 8, I would write the letter names on pieces of paper and remember the rhythms. My wonderful piano teachers through the years taught me both how to play and how to notate my compositions. By age 16, I was absolutely convinced that while I knew that there were many things that I could do with my life, there was only one thing that would keep my soul alive... music. It is with this passion that I have continued to compose, to tell sonic stories, to share my stories with others and hope that within my musical offerings, someone might find something of themselves within my works... something that touches them, that causes them to reminisce, that causes them to feel, to think, to wonder, to question... ultimately, to connect to themselves and the life around them.

 

This is me...

 

Story...

 

Connection...

 

Community...

 

Welcome to my page and I hope that you enjoy what you hear...