Scott Wheeler

Scott Wheeler's songs are characterized by clarity of text setting and economy of accompaniment; both these qualities reflect his studies with Virgil Thomson and his long experience teaching and conducting songs from American musical theater.

Photo: Scott Wheeler Official Website, by Susan Wilson

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Born in Washington DC, Scott Wheeler is best known for his operas. His one-act The Construction of Boston is available on Naxos. His opera Democracy was commissioned by Plácido Domingo for Washington National Opera. The Sorrows of Frederick was co-commissioned and workshopped by the Metropolitan Opera and Lincoln Center Theatre. His most recent opera commission is Naga, on a libretto of Cerise Jacobs, co-commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects and Boston Lyric Opera, scheduled for premiere in 2016.

Other current and recent commissions include “200 Dreams from Captivity” for baritone and orchestra on texts of Wang Dan, and works for Boston Cecilia, Rockport Music and the Barlow Foundation. In recent seasons, Wheeler’s works have been performed in Boston, Chicago, New York, London, Paris, Austria, Italy, Panama, Winnipeg, Hong Kong and Beijing.

Wheeler’s songs have been performed by Renée Fleming, Susanna Phillips, Sanford Sylvan, William Sharp, the New York Festival of Song, and many others. He has been awarded the Stoeger Prize from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, a Guggenheim fellowship, and the Composer of the Year award from the Classical Recording Foundation for his Naxos CD of songs Wasting the Night.

A CD of Wheeler’s orchestral music is entitled “Crazy Weather,” with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project conducted by Gil Rose and released by BMOP Sound. His chamber music for strings and piano is available on Newport Classic. Scott Wheeler is the 2014 winner of the Hinrichsen Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He teaches in musical theatre at Emerson College in Boston.

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Recordings

Songs to Fill the Void

(Marion Bauer, Theodore Chanler, Charles Ives, Virgil Thomson and Scott Wheeler)

2016

Five Borough Songbook

(Ricky Ian Gordon, Richard Pearson Thomas and Scott Wheeler)

2013

Wasting the Night

(Scott Wheeler)

2010

Songs

At Home in Staten Island

Song Collection

Scott Wheeler

Charles Mackay

Aubade

Scott Wheeler

H. D.

Song Collection: Turning Back

The Betrothal

Scott Wheeler

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Song Collection: Wasting the Night

Circe

Scott Wheeler

H. D.

Song Collection: Turning Back

The Darker Sooner

Scott Wheeler

Catherine Wing

Equinox

Scott Wheeler

Erika Mumford

Eurydice

Scott Wheeler

H. D.

Song Collection: Turning Back

Heaven and Earth

Song Collection

Scott Wheeler

William Blake

I shall forget you

Scott Wheeler

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Song Collection: Wasting the Night

Johnny Love Song

Scott Wheeler

Catherine Wing

Keeping the Sabbath

Scott Wheeler

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: Sunday Songs

Lethe

Scott Wheeler

H. D.

Song Collection: Turning Back

Litany

Scott Wheeler

Billy Collins

Lullaby

Scott Wheeler

W. H. Auden

Song Collection: Singing to Sleep

Mozart, 1935

Scott Wheeler

Wallace Stevens

Oranges and Lemons

Song Collection

Scott Wheeler

Gertrude Stein

Tennessee Williams

Oriole

Scott Wheeler

Emily Dickinson

Song Collection: Sunday Songs

Recuerdo

Scott Wheeler

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Song Collection: Wasting the Night

Serenata

Song Collection

Scott Wheeler

Mark Van Doren

Shadow Dream

Scott Wheeler

Sarah Wentworth Morton

Shining Shore

Scott Wheeler

George Frederick Root

A Single Flower

Scott Wheeler

George Eliot

John Ruskin

Singing to Sleep

Song Collection

Scott Wheeler

Sleep, Sleep, My Soul

Scott Wheeler

Anonymous

Song Collection: Singing to Sleep

Sunday Songs

Song Collection

Scott Wheeler

Emily Dickinson

Thursday

Scott Wheeler

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Song Collection: Wasting the Night

Time does not bring relief

Scott Wheeler

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Song Collection: Wasting the Night

Turning Back

Song Collection

Scott Wheeler

H. D.

A Variation on "To Say to Go to Sleep"

Scott Wheeler

Randall Jarrell

Song Collection: Singing to Sleep

A Waist

Scott Wheeler

Gertrude Stein

Song Collection: Oranges and Lemons

Wasting the Night

Song Collection

Scott Wheeler

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Sheet Music

Equinox

Composer(s): Scott Wheeler

Song(s): Equinox

Voice Type: High

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Johnny Love Song

Composer(s): Scott Wheeler

Song(s): Johnny Love Song

Voice Type: Medium

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Litany (High Voice)

Composer(s): Scott Wheeler

Song(s): Litany

Voice Type: High

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Litany (Medium Voice)

Composer(s): Scott Wheeler

Song(s): Litany

Voice Type: Medium

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Mozart, 1935

Composer(s): Scott Wheeler

Song(s): Mozart, 1935

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Oranges and Lemons

Composer(s): Scott Wheeler

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Serenata

Composer(s): Scott Wheeler

Song(s): 1. If I had a wife 2. Her hand in my hand 3. Little Trip 4. Desire Like This 5. Love me little

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Shadow Dream (Medium Voice)

Composer(s): Scott Wheeler

Song(s): Shadow Dream

Voice Type: Medium

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Shadow Dream (High Voice)

Composer(s): Scott Wheeler

Song(s): Shadow Dream

Voice Type: High

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Turning Back

Composer(s): Scott Wheeler

Song(s): 1. Aubade 2. Circe 3. Lethe 4. Eurydice

Voice Type: Mezzo Soprano

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Wasting the Night

Composer(s): Scott Wheeler

Song(s): 1. Thursday 2. Recuerdo 3. I shall forget you 4. Time does not bring relief 5. The Betrothal

Voice Type: Soprano

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