GEORGIA STITT is a composer and a lyricist. Her musicals currently in development include: Big Red Sun (winner of the Harold Arlen Award in 2005 and written with playwright John Jiler); The Water (winner of the 2008 ANMT “Search for New Voices in American Musical Theatre” and written with collaborators Jeff Hylton and Tim Werenko); and Sing Me A Happy Song (with composer/lyricist David Kirshenbaum).
Georgia’s non-theatrical compositions include several choral pieces, A Better Resurrection and The Promise of Light, published by Walton Music; Let Me Sing For You, performed at The Kennedy Center; Echo, performed by the Women’s Chorus at the University of California, Berkeley; and De Profundis, premiered by the International Orange Chorale in San Francisco and published by G. Schirmer, as well as two new pieces, with hope and virtue, using text from President Obama's 2009 inauguration speech, and Joyful Noise, a setting of Psalm 100. She contributed songs to the American Music Festival in Tono, Japan and served as composer-in-residence for the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York City.
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 the recently released 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 (LML Records) and Lauren Kennedy’s album Here and Now (PS Classics). 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 the 2003 Little Shop of Horrors revival 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 the Broadway Cares "Home For The Holidays" CD (Centaur Records) and on 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 daughter Molly.