Composer and Conductor, Emerson College, Massachusetts
American Academy Distinguished Visitor - Class of Spring 2007
Scott Wheeler is an associate professor in the Department of Performing Arts at Emerson College. As a composer, his compositions have long been lauded for their “strong rhythms with lucid textures” and his vocal works distinguished by “clear, natural text settings, refined expressivity, and wit.” Educated by such composers as Oliver Messiaen, Peter Maxwell Davies, and Virgil Thomson, Wheeler has held teaching positions at the New England Conservatory, Brandeis University, and Emerson College, where he co-founded and directed the Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble devoted to the performance of contemporary music.
Wheeler is the recipient of awards and commissions from the Guggenheim Foundation, Fromm Foundation, Tangelwood, National Endowment for the Arts, Massachusetts Artist Foundation, Yaddo, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and MacDowell Colony, as well as the Stoeger Award from the Chamber Society of Lincoln Center.