Scott Wheeler (Spring ’15) is a composer whose opera Naga, on a libretto of Cerise Jacobs, is co-commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects and Boston Lyric Opera and will premiere in September 2016 in Boston. His previous operas have been commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera and the Guggenheim Foundation. CDs of Scott’s music can be heard on BMOP Sound, Naxos and Newport Classic. He has received awards from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Bogliasco Foundation, and the Classical Recording Foundation. Scott teaches musical theatre at Emerson College in Boston.
Music and Narrative in Ballet
Wheeler focused his time at the Center composing music for a new piece of dance. He researched how closely music can relate to character, setting, and dramatic conflict. Wheeler intended to examine his own works as well as historical examples, considering some basic questions of what music means and how it can support balletic drama, in situations with or without a narrative text.