Scott Gendel (b.1977) is a freelance composer and professional accompanist/vocal coach living in southwest Virginia, USA. He writes all kinds of music, but has a particular affinity and fondness for all things involving the human voice. Scott’s art songs are published by ECS Publishing and Classical Vocal Reprints, and recordings of his music are available on releases by Naxos and Albany Records. He was the first ever winner of the ASCAP/Lotte Lehmann Foundation Song Cycle Competition in 2005, and was recently winner of the 2012 Vanguard Voices Choral Composition Competition. Scott is the official company pianist / coach for the Madison Opera in Wisconsin, and works with numerous other opera and theatre companies as a pianist and musical director. In 2005, Scott received his doctoral degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also designed and taught an undergraduate composition curriculum as part of the faculty. His recent commissions include the full-length music theatre work “Unearthed” for the 2013 Blue Ridge Summer Theatre Festival, a song cycle for soprano and cello to be premiered in multiple cities in 2014, and a large-scale oratorio for choir and orchestra commissioned by All Souls Church, Unitarian in Washington, D.C. When he’s not composing or traveling for various musical endeavors, Scott is an at-home dad to his two amazing little girls, Twyla and Lotte.