Scott Ethier is a composer and pianist who writes and performs musical theater,
concert works, and jazz.
His musical Rosa Parks (book and lyrics by Jeff Hughes) was commissioned
by Theaterworks/USA and kicks off a tour of the United States at New York City’s Town Hall in February of 2009.
In 2002, Scott was named composer-in-residence of the Macon Symphony Orchestra thanks to the American Composers Forum’s Continental Harmony Program.
During his residency, the orchestra premiered his work Spirit Jug which was inspired by a local piece of African-American folk art.
His orchestra works have also been performed and commissioned by the Melrose Symphony, the Cape Ann Symphony, and the Quincy Symphony
. He was also commissioned by choreographer Martita Goshen’s company Earthworks to write the score for her piece
Breathing Water, Breathing Eye at the Danspace Project.
Man Near the Moon, a short musical written with playwright Trista Baldwin, was staged as part of
Dreams this Way: The Best of Raw Impressions Musical Theater at TADA! Theater and later at the Beckett Theater
as part of the New York Musical Theater Festival.
Other theater scores include I Am Star Trek (Rick Vorndran, book; Clay Zambo, lyrics) at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival,
and incidental music for Sarah Ruhl’s play Eurydice (Williamstown Theater Festival).
He is currently at work on an adaptation of the novel The Third Miracle (book and original novel by Richard Vetere, lyrics by Jeff Hughes), excerpts
of which were staged at Manhattan Theatre Club.
Scott has been a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and a participant in the Nautilus Music Theater/New Dramatists Composer-Librettists Studio. He was also named a Dramatists Guild Musical Theater Fellow in 2005-6,
and is an alum of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop.
Active as a pianist and music director in theater and dance, Scott has played for Forestburgh Playhouse, Mark Morris Dance Group, the New York Finge Festival, St. Bart's Players, and Broadway Classroom among others.
Some of the nightlights of the 2007-8 season include working as a pianist, pit musician, and music assistant for Ahren’s
and Flaherty’s The Glorious Ones at Lincoln Center Theater, and recording a podcast with Neil Patrick Harris.
Scott has written on music and theatre for the magazine Humanities and taught at Berklee College of Music and Hunter College, CUNY. He is a member the Dramatists Guild, BMI,
the American Music Center, the American Composers Forum, and the American Federation of Musicians, Local 802.
teenager, Ethier studied with jazz legend Jackie McLean and
South African pianist Hotep Idris Galeta. He later studied
composition with Larry Bell, Richard Danielpour, and David del Tredici.