About

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Scott’s diverse and eclectic interest in learning many styles of music have led him to a portfolio career that include performances with the Illinois Festival Orchestra, the Harper College Orchestra, South East Steel Orchestra, Starlift Steel Orchestra, and the Carpe Diem String Quartet to name a few. As an advocate and representative of the steelpan, Scott co-founded Pastiche Steel Ensemble, a professional steelband that focuses on sharing the power and versatility of the steelpan through new collaborations and mediums. Pastiche created the Virtual Steelband, a project that brings pannists from around the world together virtually to premiere new steelband music. As a committee member of the Virtual Steelband, Scott helped bring to life Bella Vista and Pan Kingdom, two new steelband compositions with over 300 performers from around the world. 

As the Director of Steel Orchestras with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras and 4th grade steel ensemble director for the William Hatch Elementary Steelband program Scott is actively working to push the steelpan artform while preserving and teaching the instruments rich history. Scott also serves as associate faculty for the Birch Creek Music Performance Center where he works along side Liam Teague and Yuko Asada providing intensive steelpan study for the percussion students. Along side Scott's ensemble teaching he maintains a private lesson studio teaching students of all ages. Scott is also an active freelance musician performing in a variety of styles throughout the Chicagoland area. 

Scott earned both undergraduate and masters degrees in percussion and steel pan performance from Northern Illinois University, studying with world-renowned pedagogues Cliff Alexis, Greg Beyer, Robert Chappell, and Liam Teague. Upon completion of his masters degrees, Scott continued his study with Liam Teague to complete a performer’s certificate in steelpan studies. In May 2014, Scott completed a second masters degree in recording media technology, studying with Grammy-winning recording engineer Dan Nichols. During this time, he worked as the graduate assistant and served as the mastering engineer for the NIU Steelband’s latest CD, Dangerous.