Scott Gendel is a freelance composer and arranger, professional vocal coach and accompanist, composition teacher, and music director for theatrical productions.  His compositions have a wide-ranging scope, but Scott is particularly fond of all things vocal, having written twelve song cycles, thirteen stand-alone songs and duets, three pieces for voices and orchestra, eighteen choral works, and two operas.  In 2005, Scott was awarded first prize in the ASCAP / Lotte Lehmann Foundation Song Cycle Competition, a juried national award in its inaugural year.  That same year, he received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Composition from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a minor in Opera Accompanying and Vocal Coaching.  Scott is Composer-In-Residence with the Madison Festival Choir for their 2009-2010 concert season.  His composition teachers have included Stephen Dembski, Daron Hagen, and Joan Tower.  Scott has received commissions from the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Cantori, soprano Claudia Waite, the University of Wisconsin-Madison choral department, and numerous other performers and grant organizations.  As a collaborative pianist, he has worked professionally for Opera North and Madison Opera, and has performed a wide range of repertoire, including Petrouchka with the UW-Madison Symphony Orchestra.