RORY MERRITT STITT
Rory has been composing, performing, and arranging music professionally since the age of 17. He and his work have been seen at Joe’s Pub (the Public Theatre), the Cutting Room, the Bitter End, and the Living Room – all in New York City; the Kennedy Center in Washington DC; and the Knitting Factory in Los Angeles.
He designs and composes regularly for Perseverance Theatre in his hometown of Juneau, AK where he has been a company member since 1998. At Perseverance Theatre he has worked as music director, composer, sound designer, actor, and musician. He was the recipient of an Andrew W. Mellon Artistic Fellowship during the 2004-05 season.
Rory has worked on numerous world premieres including: “The Long Season” with playwright Chay Yew (Mark Taper Forum), composer Fabian Obispo and Peter Dubois (Artistic Director, The Huntington Theatre, Boston), and in 2007 he scored and music directed the premiere of “Yeast Nation” with Tony Award winning writers Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann (“Urinetown”) and director PJ Paparelli (Artistic Director, American Theatre Company, Chicago). In 2009, he orchestrated for the Chicago premiere of “Yeast Nation” at the American Theatre Company.
As a singer/songwriter, Rory has produced, arranged, and released three original albums and has toured both the U.S. and Canada. He has been represented at the international music conference, MIDEM, in Cannes (2001) and performed at numerous sanctioned music showcases throughout the United States. CBC Canada recorded one of his live festival performances and broadcast it nationwide (2004).
More recently Rory has been focusing on larger scale compositions, including a full length Requiem for voices, piano, and percussion, as well as a series of interdisciplinary secular oratorios. In 2014 his first opera commission was produced by Opera to Go in Juneau, AK. He continues to write, arrange, and perform for theaters and soloists around the country.
Rory studied Piano Performance at the Johannessen International School of Music with Hungarian pianist Bela Siki; The University of the Pacific in Stockton, California with Rex Cooper; and the University of Alaska with Neal O’Doan (University of Washington).