Composer Scott Alan to Offer Free Master Classes; New CD Now Available

News   Composer Scott Alan to Offer Free Master Classes; New CD Now Available
Composer and lyricist Scott Alan, who produces the monthly Duplex series, Monday Nights, New Voices, will host a series of free, theatre-related master classes in Manhattan beginning in January 2011.

Scott Alan
Scott Alan

The classes, according to a press release, will "include teachings on all areas of the theatre profession, including a 30-minute Question and Answer section each month with a vey special guest working in the industry." Classes will be held the second Tuesday of each month from 5-7 PM.

Students will be selected by the composer. Those interested in being part of the class should write an essay that addresses the question, "What does theatre mean to you and how does it define you?"

There is no age limit to apply or required length to the essay. Actors, musicians, costume designers and more are encouraged to submit an essay; deadline for submission is Nov. 15. Essays should be e-mailed to

In related news, Alan's newest recording, "What I Wanna Be When I Grow Up," is now available on, and iTunes. "What I Wanna Be When I Grow Up" follows Alan's earlier studio recordings, "Dreaming Wide Awake" and "Keys."

Among the singing actors who lend their vocal talents to the new recording are Nikki Renee Daniels (Promises, Promises), Diana DeGarmo (Hair), Darius de Haas (Children of Eden), Cassie McIvor (Wicked – Japan), Crystal Monee Hall (Rent), Morgan James (The Addams Family), Patina Miller (West End's Sister Act), Christiane Noll (Ragtime), Laura Osnes (South Pacific), Zak Resnick (The Broadway Boys), Christopher Sieber (Shrek: The Musical), Bobby Steggert (Ragtime) and Willemijn Verkaik (Wicked – Germany). Jesse Vargas is the arranger, orchestrator, conductor and co-producer of the CD.

The track listing for "What I Wanna Be When I Grow Up" follows:

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE - sung by Nikki Renee Daniels
WATCH ME SOAR - sung by Willemijn Verkaik
NOTHING MORE - sung by Christopher Sieber
WARM - sung by Zak Resnick and Morgan James
I WISH - sung by Diana DeGarmo
OVER THE MOUNTAINS - sung by Bobby Steggert
TAKE ME AWAY - sung by Darius de Haas
EASY - sung by Laura Osnes
ANYTHING WORTH HOLDING ON TO - sung by Crystal Monee Hall
I REMEMBER - sung by Christiane Noll
TAKING BACK MY LIFE - sung by Patina Miller

Scott Alan wrote the book, music and lyrics for the musical Detour, which was seen in Los Angeles. His current theatre projects include Piece, which was featured at the 2003 Palo Alto TheatreWorks festival, the 2005 NAMT festival and the 2007 Festival of New Musicals at Village Theatre; and the song cycle The Warmth of the Womb. He also produces the monthly Monday Nights, New Voices concert at the Duplex. Alan's music is available on his website,, and at iTunes.

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Cover art for "What I Wanna Be When I Grow Up."
Cover art for "What I Wanna Be When I Grow Up."
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