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Georgia Stitt



Biography

Georgia Stitt is a composer and a lyricist. Her musicals currently in development include: Big Red Sun (NAMT Festival winner in 2010, Harold Arlen Award in 2005 and written with playwright John Jiler); Hello! My Baby (a "new-fashioned musical" written with Emmy Award-winner Cheri Steinkellner using the great American songbook); The Water (winner of the 2008 ANMT Search for New Voices in American Musical Theatre and written with collaborators Jeff Hylton and Tim Werenko); Sing Me A Happy Song (a musical revue); and Mosaic (commissioned for Off-Broadway in 2010 and written with Cheri Steinkellner).

Georgia’s non-theatrical compositions include several choral pieces including With Hope And Virtue, featured on NPR and using text from President Obama's 2009 inauguration speech; De Profundis, premiered by the International Orange Chorale in San Francisco; and Joyful Noise, a setting of Psalm 100 (all published by G. Schirmer); as well as A Better Resurrection and The Promise of Light, published by Walton Music; Let Me Sing For You, performed at The Kennedy Center; and Echo, performed by the Women’s Chorus at the University of California, Berkeley. She served as composer-in-residence for the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York City and has performed her music throughout the US and in England, Scotland, Australia, Denmark, Germany, and Japan. 

In spring of 2007 she released her first album, This Ordinary Thursday: The Songs Of Georgia Stitt, on the PS Classics label. The recording features stellar performances by such contemporary theater luminaries as Sara Ramirez, Kelli O’Hara, Faith Prince, Carolee Carmello, Susan Egan, Tituss Burgess, Keith Byron Kirk, Andrea Burns, Matthew Morrison, Will Chase, Jenn Colella, Lauren Kennedy and Cheyenne Jackson. With lyricist Marcy Heisler she wrote and recorded Alphabet City Cycle (PS Classics), a song cycle for soprano and violin featuring vocalist Kate Baldwin. Additionally, Georgia has written songs that are included on Susan Egan’s solo albums Coffee House and Winter Tracks and Kevin Odekirk's Unheard (all LML Records), Lauren Kennedy’s album Here and Now (PS Classics), Daniel Boys’ album So Close (Eden Records), Caroline Sheen's Raise The Curtain and Stuart Matthew Price's All Things In Time. She contributed two songs to the 2008 MTV movie The American Mall.

Also a music director, Georgia was the vocal coach for the 2008 season of the NBC hit show America's Got Talent. She was the assistant music director for the NBC TV special Clash of the Choirs, the on-camera vocal coach for the NBC reality TV show Grease: You’re the One That I Want, and the Production Music Coordinator for the Disney/ABC TV musical Once Upon A Mattress starring Tracey Ullman and Carol Burnett. On Broadway she was the assistant conductor of Little Shop of Horrors and the associate conductor of the Encores! production of Can-Can starring Patti LuPone. Also on Broadway: Avenue Q, Sweet Smell of Success, The Music Man, Titanic, Annie, and the national tour of Parade. She has also served as musical director and arranger/orchestrator for The Broadway Divas in concerts in New York, California, and Australia and was a music consultant for the feature film The Stepford Wives, directed by Frank Oz. In 2005 she served as an arranger for the Boston Pops Orchestra (Keith Lockhart, conductor) in their 75th Anniversary Tribute to Stephen Sondheim at Tanglewood and Boston’s Symphony Hall.

Georgia’s work as an arranger, pianist, and coach can be heard on Kate Baldwin's record Let's See What Happens (PS Classics), as well as on the Broadway Cares Home For The Holidays CD (Centaur Records) and the cast albums of After The Fair, Shine, DoReMi, and Little Shop of Horrors.

Georgia received her M.F.A. in Musical Theater Writing from New York University and her B. Mus. in music theory and composition from Vanderbilt University, where she graduated magna cum laude. She is a recipient of the ASCAP Frederick Loewe Fellowship, the Harold Arlen Award, and the Sue Brewer Award for excellence in music composition. With director John Ruocco she created THE GYM, an ongoing professional musical theater performance class. Georgia lives in Los Angeles (and sometimes New York) with her husband, composer/lyricist Jason Robert Brown, and their two daughters.

Watch Past Performances

Video 9/24/2011: Georgia Stitt

The Broadway composer, lyricist, and pianist (Little Shop of Horrors, Avenue Q, and The Music Man) performs an evening of musical theater cabaret. Part of ASCAP’s “Songwriters: the Next Generation” series.

Georgia Stitt