Scott Watson


Scott Watson received his B.S., Music Education from West Chester University and his M.M and D.M.A., Composition from Temple University and has taught instrumental and elective music for 30 years in the Parkland School District (Allentown, Pennsylvania).

An award-winning and frequently commissioned composer, Dr. Watson’s output includes more than 60 published works at all levels for concert band and orchestra. Watson’s music, which has been performed around the world and in the U.S. at such prestigious venues as Philadelphia’s Academy of Music (Philadelphia), the White House, and at the renowned Midwest Clinic (Chicago), has been described as “outstanding . . . with beautiful melodies and interesting harmonies" (The Instrumentalist) and "written with supreme craft" (Percussive Arts Society Percussive Notes). His music has received awards and recognition from the American Composers Forum, the American Music Center, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the Percussive Arts Society, and others. Recent commissions include works for: Composers and Schools in Concert (for a consortium of 12 university and high school bands across the U.S.), Magic Valley Symphony Orchestra (Twin Falls, ID), Albemarle County (VA) Middle School Honors Band, MusicAlliance Honor Band Camp (Cleveland, OH), Lehigh County (PA) Bandmasters Association, and the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association. In addition, he is a contributor to the Young Concert Band edition of Alfred Publishing’s Sound Innovations Ensemble Development Series.

Watson has presented numerous workshops/clinics for music educators and frequently serves as guest conductor for honor band festivals (including the 2015 All New England Band Festival at Plymouth State University, NH). Additionally, Dr. Watson is an adjunct professor for a number of universities (Cairn University, University of the Arts, and Central Connecticut State University) and is the author of the highly regarded music education text, Using Technology to Unlock Musical Creativity (©2011, Oxford University Press).

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