Alex Canovas / Artistic Director

YNYC Young Composers Competition Finalist – Scott Senko

On Saturday, June 1, 2019, YNYC’s Women’s Ensembles will perform ‘A Bell Awakened’ – An exploration of what the power of women can make possible, with repertoire that’s co-curated with the Women’s Ensemble.  This concert features world premiere works from our Competition for Young Composers.

We are pleased to introduce our first finalist for YNYC’s 2019 Competition for Young Composers, Scott Senko!


Scott Senko (b. 1992) is a composer and vocalist in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He completed undergraduate studies at Luther College in 2015 where he studied composition with Brooke Joyce and Steve Smith, and voice with Andrew Whitfield. He served as Composer in Residence with Magnum Chorum during their 2016-2017 season and as a Guest Composer for the inaugural consortium of the Libera Composers Association in 2017.

What makes you come alive?

Surprising harmonic shifts. New episodes of “The Good Place” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” Clicking with people. Bon Appétit Magazine.

What drew you to the text you set for your piece?

I was drawn to the command and self-assuredness in Johnson’s poem, ‘When I Rise Above the Earth’. The text seems to me to be a simultaneous statement of the personal and the political. I saw opportunities within the text to explore shifts in mood and perspective.

What was one significant thing you learned in writing for a women’s ensemble?

Writing a piece for a treble choir is not merely writing a piece for a mixed choir in a higher key.

Who are your biggest musical influences?

Edie Hill, Gabriel Kahane, Joby Talbot, Merrill Garbus


A Bell Awakened is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by LMCC.

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One Comment

  1. Mary Kohanek
    Posted May 31, 2019 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    This is my nephew Scott Senko and I have been watching him perform since he was in third grade. I feel so blessed to be able to watch him perform. I am so proud of you Scott Senko! You are very talented and I m going to be there now and when you are famous!

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