Dr. William Scott came to Western Kentucky University in 2003 as the Baker Professor of Music and Music Director of the Bowling Green Western Symphony Orchestra. Noted for his work in orchestral development, Scott has made remarkable progress in the strings program at WKU in just the past four years. The number of full-time string faculty at WKU has increased three-fold and there are now strings programs in 10 of the area public schools with over 300 elementary and junior high students receiving instruction in orchestral strings. WKU now boasts a very successful Pre-College String Development program providing over 35 students from Kentucky and Tennessee with private string instruction. Last spring Scott was honored by being named College/University Teacher of the Year by music educators in the Second District of the Kentucky Music Educators Association. He also received the Potter College of Arts and Letters Award for Public Service for his work in establishing strings in the public schools.
Prior to coming to Bowling Green, Dr. Scott served eight seasons as Music Director and Conductor of the Greater Spartanburg Philharmonic. Under his leadership, the orchestra was featured on national television in Kathy Lee Gifford’s “We Need A Little Christmas.” Masterworks concerts, under Scott’s direction, have included such internationally known artists as Mark O’Connor, Chick Corea, Sharon Isbin, and Jon Nakamatsu and have been broadcast on NPR’s Carolina Concerts.
During his 22-year tenure as Orchestra Coordinator for Spartanburg, South Carolina School District No. 7, the orchestra program became one of the most prestigious in the Nation with performances for former President George Bush, former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and General Norman Schwarzkopf. As the administrator and conductor of seven international concert tours, he has conducted concerts in Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Holland, Hungary, Poland, and the Czech Republic.
Dr. Scott has a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin Superior, master’s degrees in String Development and Orchestral Conducting from the University of Wisconsin, and a doctorate in Orchestral Conducting from the University of South Carolina. Greenwood Press published his dissertation, A Conductor’s Repertory of Chamber Music, as a reference book in 1993.