Scott Etan Feiner, Saybrook College

Scott Etan Feiner is a composer and lyricist of drive, variety, and intelligence. He graduates with majors in Music and, with Distinction, in Theater Studies. His musical theater work in the Shen Curriculum for Musical Theater summons a level of precision, finesse, and polish seldom seen outside the professional realm. At Yale, Scott burnished already impressive technical skills with keen observation and a burgeoning sense of long form musical cohesion. His senior thesis—music and lyrics for Rumspringa—tells the story of an Amish community and its rite of passage to adulthood. The show is a moving expression of finding one’s way; the score combines music evoking the plain-spoken, proud and distinct traditions of the Amish with a coming of age spirit of whimsy and adventure. Scott’s evocative music and lyrics are distinguished by the sheer force of his native ability, determination, and diligent habits of revision.

In recognition of vast compositional ability and achievement, as well as virtually unlimited potential, Yale College is proud to award the Louis Sudler Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts to Scott Etan Feiner.     

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