Scott DeTurk, 1966 Graduate of East High, attended and graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor of Music degree in composition. He has lived in Los Angeles, New York, Denver, and the San Francisco area where he has worked extensively in theater, film, and television, and has recordings as a composer, arranger, orchestrator, and musical director. While living in Los Angeles, he wrote and arranged material for numerous commercial and industrial projects with clients such as Disney, ESPN, Hughes Aircraft, Time Warner, and the Crested Butte, Aspen and Vail ski areas.
Scott, in collaboration with Dale Wasserman and Bill Francoeur, composed music and lyrics to Western Star, a musical recent published by Music Theater International. He has also written music and lyrics to six musicals published by Pioneer Drama Services. Over the past few years, he has been working with James Mellon and Bill Francoeur on The Ghost & Mrs. Muir, a new musical which ran in LA in 2005. It won six ADA (Artistic Director Achievement) awards including best new muscial, Backstage West's Garland award for best new score, was nominated for the Robby award for best new score, and seven Ovation awards including best new musical. Scott has also collaborated with James Mellon on Dorian, a new musical based on the Picture of Dorian Gray. Lizard, a new musical based on the book of the same name by Dennis Covington, opened to critical acclaim in LA in 2006.
In the past three years, Scott has worked on four new musicals; Pest Control, Yo Ho Ho (A Pirate's Christmas), and The Thief and Insanity which were all recently produced in LA. Scott is currently on another new muscial, Journey, which is development and is soo to see its first reading at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis.