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Scott M. Steidl (b. 1956)

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The music of Scott Steidl was described as "All American" by John Rockwell in the New York Times. The scope of his compositions span works from solo piano to full chorus and orchestra. Notable compositions include the orchestral work Fire Dreams, first performed by JoAnn Faletta and the Long Beach Symphony, Sudden Windows, performed by conductor John Dodson, Epistle to Be Left in the Earth, for chorus and orchestra, first performed by the El Paso Pro Musica, and his Symphony No. 1, which was an ASCAP Nissim Orchestral Composition Competition finalist. another orchestral work, his Summer Overture won one of three top ASCAP Young Composers Grants, followed the next year by his String Quartet No. 1 which won him a second ASCAP Young Composer Grant.

The opera Spring Awakening was awarded a Sandoz Corporation Grant and has since been performed across the country including New York City and most recently the Forum Theater of Massachusetts. A portion of his recent opera The Monkey's Paw was performed in part at Merkin Concert Hall and later by Premiere Ensemble of New York. Allan Kozinn of The New York Times called The Monkey's Paw, "...colorful, well paced and richly detailed."

Scott Steidl holds two doctoral degrees, two bachelors degrees, and a Master of Fine Arts degree. He was awarded a doctor of fine arts degree from The Juliiard School in music composition where he studied with Elliot Carter, David Diamond, Peter Mennin, and Vincent Persichetti, and taught literature and materials of music for two years. His numerous awards in music include full scholarship to the Juilliard School, the Alexander Gretchinoff Scholarship, the Irving Berlin Prize in memory of Cole Porter, multiple ASCAP grants, finalist prize in the Eugene O'Neill Theater Competition, and over twenty performance awards.

Recent performances and commissions include a symphonic work, Nightscape planned for an April 1998 performance by the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, Joel Revzen conducting, and a new work for conductor John Dodson and the Bryan Symphony Orchestra of Tennessee for their 1999 season.

The choral works The Snow and We Give Them Back were recently written for and performed by the Cantabile Chamber Chorale of New Jersey. His busy schedule includes dual careers as composers and retinal surgeon. Scott received his medical doctorate from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine of the City College of new York, where he graduated with honors in research for his publications in the field of ophthalmology. His fellowship training was done at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary of Harvard Medical School and he is currently director of vitreo-retinal surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

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