Theory and Musicianship; Composition
Connecticut native Scott Perkins enjoys a multifaceted career as an international prize-winning composer, a versatile performer, an award-winning scholar, and a music educator. His music includes art songs, musical theatre, solo instrumental works, choral music, electroacoustic installations, and music for film and church, and has been performed throughout North America and Europe. The judges who awarded him a BMI Student Composer Award described his winning work as “a dramatic and strikingly beautiful example of choral writing which speaks to the heart as well as to the mind.” He has collaborated with musical and non-musical artists, including Tony Award-winning playwrights, Emmy-winning filmmakers, and prizewinning poets.
Devoted particularly to early and new vocal music, Scott has concertized as a tenor throughout the United States, England, Mexico, Scotland, and Norway. He is a featured soloist on CDs produced by Bridge Records and Loft Recordings.
Scott is a scholar with a particular interest in the music of Benjamin Britten. His dissertation thesis, “‘Voices of Boys’: The Influence of Britten’s Missa Brevis on his War Requiem,” is based on a paper judged the best student paper presented at an American Musicological Society chapter meeting. He has also given presentations on musical topics as a guest at Harvard University and the University of Chicago.
Scott is a co-founder of Encore Music Creations, which provides concerts, church festivals, workshops and a host of other musical events and products. Encore has given concert tours in New England, southern California, and Norway with programs for organ, jazz piano, voice and alto saxophone.
Scott earned his Ph.D. in composition with minors in music theory and music history at the Eastman School of Music, where his primary teacher was Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon. He holds master’s degrees in both music theory and music theory pedagogy from Eastman, and he has a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in music theory and composition with a sub-concentration in vocal performance from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts.
Scott was appointed Assistant Professor of Music at DePauw University in 2012. He has also served on the faculties of Central Connecticut State University and Nazareth College. For more information, please visit www.scottperkins.org.