Sunday, April 22, 2012 3:00 PM, Jacoby Symphony Hall
“Here is an artist of great promise- technically assured and well able to interpret very different styles of music.” The Organ, 2008
“Your Playing was flawless, musical, and expressive. Your rapport with the audience was amazing! This was an event our people will remember and treasure for years to come.” Petoskey, Michigan
Scott Montgomery is Director of Music Ministries and Organist for Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church in Champaign, Illinois. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance from the University of Illinois in May of 2005. Scott completed his Masters in Music in 2011, studying with Dr. Dana Robinson.
Scott began piano lessons at age eight and was immediately fascinated by both church and cinema organs. By age ten he was playing organ in various churches in his native Illinois, and from age 15 was entering competitions. In 1993 he won the Indianapolis Chapter of the American Guild or Organists’ competition and soon began performing solo concerts in the area.
Scott has since been a prize winner in several competitions including first-prize in the American Guild of Organists’ Region V Competition in Evansville, Indiana (1997), second-prize in the Arthur Poister National Organ Competition in Syracuse, New York (2002), and was also the first recipient of the M. Louise Miller Scholarship (2002) sponsored by the Greater Bridgeport Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. In 2006 he was winner of both the Lilian Murtagh Memorial Award (first-prize) and the Audience Prize of the American Guild of Organists’ National Young Artist Competition in Organ Playing (NYACOP), the first person to win both prizes in the history of the competition. Currently, Scott is a finalist for the Jordan International Organ Competition in Columbus, Georgia. The final rounds of this competition will take place in September of 2009.
Scott has given numerous concerts and master classes around the country including performances at the 1998 National AGO Convention in Denver, the 2006 National Convention in Chicago, and two performances at the 2008 National Convention in St Paul-Minneapolis. Scott has also been a featured performer and presenter at the Tallahassee Church Music Conference as well as the National Pastoral Musician Conference in Indianapolis. His performances have been broadcast on American Public Media’s series, Pipedreams. Scott was involved in the 2009 Pipe Organ Encounter (POE) in Wheaton, Illinois, as an instructor and performer. His debut recording, Water and Light, was released in 2008 by the Pro Organo label. His second CD was released by the Regent Record label in 2009. Mr. Montgomery plans to continue his ministry in liturgical music, performing, and teaching.
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