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 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, 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 as a young teenager, and further study at La Schola Cantorum (currently named the EAMA) in Paris, France. After working for ten years as an independent composer, Amy has returned to school to earn her PhD in music composition at Duke University where she has recently become an ABD PhD candidate. Amy was invited to collaborate with conductor Sara Jobin and famed feminist author Carol Gilligan and son, Jonathan Gilligan on a new opera, Pearl, based on Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter and is currently working on this project as part of her dissertation.
She believes that “Music is a powerful and unusual language that, when spoken well, can reach the deepest part of the human spirit.”