Scott Eyerly is a composer, librettist, and author active in many genres, from theater and song to symphonic and choral music. His new musical comedy POOCH received a staged reading at the Santa Fe Musical Theater Festival in 2015. Arlington Sons, now available on iTunes, had its world premiere in 2012, performed by Broadway and Metropolitan Opera star David Pittsinger with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin.
Eyerly’s opera The House of the Seven Gables received its world premiere at the Manhattan School of Music, directed by Linda Brovsky, and is available on Albany Records. Algonquin Songs, Eyerly’s setting of humorous verse by members of the Algonquin Round Table including Ring Lardner, Dorothy Parker, and George S. Kaufman, was most recently performed at Symphony Space in New York. Among Eyerly’s sacred compositions are Missa Brevis and Spires, both commissioned by Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue.
Current commissions include Creatures Great and Small, a set of songs about animals, for Jennifer Larmore. Other works include On Blue Mountain, a musical theater piece based on Appalachian folklore, commissioned by Philip Morris Companies Inc. and first produced at Town Hall; Exultation Overture, commissioned by the New York Youth Symphony and first performed at Carnegie Hall; and Variations on a Theme by Honegger, winner of the Louisville Orchestra New Music Prize.
Eyerly received his degrees in composition from the University of Michigan (BM, studies with William Bolcom) and Juilliard (MM, studies with Elliott Carter). He has done residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, VCCA, Ragdale, and Banff Centre, Canada.
Since 2007, Eyerly has lectured at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, Mass., introducing the Met Opera Live in HD broadcasts. He has served on the Juilliard Evening Division faculty since 1988; the College Division faculty 2010-2014; and the Pre-College faculty, 1987-1990. He was born in Lake Forest, Ill.