Samuel Baron Prize
2013, Scott Litroff
Scott Litroff is a saxophonist recognized for his equaled passion and expertise as a performer and educator in both jazz and classical music. Dr. Litroff performed his solo debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, ad has performed at venues including Merkin Hall, Yoshi’s Club in San Francisco, Jazz Alley in Seattle, and Akebono Hall in Japan. He has performed alongside some of the world’s finest musicians including Ray Anderson, Bakithi Kumalo, Steve Salerno, and Nellie McKay, and has performed under the baton of renowned conductors including George Manahan, Rosen Milanov, Joseph Colaneri, and David Hayes. Dr. Litroff holds positions as Adjunct Professor of Saxophone at Adelphi University, Instructor of Saxophone at Stony Brook University, Applied Saxophone Instructor at Suffolk County Community College, and Jazz Director of the Stony Brook Pre-College Program. He is also an active clinician in universities and high schools in the Tri-State area.
Dr. Litroff enjoys collaborating with composers, and has commissioned works by David Loeb, Andriy Lehiky, Sidney Boquiren, David Campbell, Karl Hinze, Jason Gerraughty, and Dawn Chambers. His contemporary music ensemble, the Aurora Trio, commissions and performs new works for saxophone, flute, and piano. Dr. Litroff is also a member of the Oatmeal Jazz Combo, which is dedicated to recording new works in contemporary jazz styles. The group’s second album, “All Stirred Up,” was reviewed in the June 2013 issue of Down Beat Magazine. A third album is currently underway, and will be released sometime in 2014.
Dr. Litroff’s numerous awards and honors include the prestigious 2013 Samuel Baron Prize, the 2012 Ackerman Prize in Music, the 2011 Bob Meyers Award for Excellence in Jazz, First Prize in the Stony Brook University Graduate Concerto Competition, First Prize in the Mannes Concerto Competition, and Two-Time Winner of the Stony Brook Undergraduate Concerto Competition.
Dr. Litroff received Doctor of Musical Arts and Bachelor of Arts in Music degrees from Stony Brook University, and a Master of Music degree from the Mannes College of Music. His former teachers include Ray Anderson, Allen Won, Christopher Creviston, and Ralph Lalama.