A native of British Columbia, Dr. Kraig Scott has served on the faculty of Walla Walla University since 1986 and as Minister of Music at the Walla Walla University Church since 1989. Scott’s responsibilities at WWU include conducting the University choirs, teaching organ and harpsichord students, serving as church organist, and overseeing all music at the University Church. In addition to these duties, Scott is an adjunct professor at Whitman College and director of music at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
Dr. Scott’s career in music began early, with formal study of piano at age four, violin at age six, and his first position as church organist at age eleven. Having completed the Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto while still in high school he graduated from Walla Walla University in 1984 with a major in music. His advanced degrees include an MMus from the University of Oregon, an MA in musicology and DMA in organ performance from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with David Craighead, Russell Saunders, and David Higgs. At the Eastman School Scott also received the coveted Performer’s Certificate as well as the Jerald C. Graue Fellowship for outstanding work in musicological research. His choral conducting professors are David Rayl and Jonathan Reed at Michigan State University.
Active as a solo performer, Scott has made recital appearances in eleven states and ten countries in venues including Dunblane Cathedral (Scotland), the Sejong Cultural Center (South Korea), Kirkpatrick Chapel (Rutgers University), Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (Portland), Central Lutheran Church (Eugene), Lagerquist Hall (Pacific Lutheran University), and Westminster College (Salt Lake City). In 2004 he was chosen to present the annual all Bach recital on the Flentrop organ at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle. In 2008 he performed the opening recital of the 30th annual Northwest Bach Festival in Spokane. He has presented master classes at the Eastman School of Music, Rutgers University, Pacific Lutheran University, the University of Oregon, the University of Calgary, Westminster Choir College, and for several chapters of the American Guild of Organists.
Scott greatly enjoys collaborative music making, whether as instrumentalist or conductor. He has performed frequently with Spokane’s Allegro Baroque and Beyond and appeared with Un Trio Barocco at the Madeleine Festival, held at the Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake City. He has twice served as featured continuo artist at Idaho State University’s Baroque Festival. In addition to accompaniments for numerous vocal and instrumental recitals his other collaborations include accompaniments for a choir festival with Anton Armstrong of St. Olaf College, duo-harpsichord works with Arthur Haas of New York City, and recitals with Eric Mentzel (tenor), August Denhard (lutes), Marc Vanscheeuwijck (cello), James Brown (tenor), and Elias Mokole (baritone). As a conductor Scott enjoys working with his choirs at Walla Walla University – the 80-voice University Singers and the 35-voice auditioned choir I Cantori – as well as the St. Paul’s Church Choir. In 2009 he was invited to guest conduct a special concert of the Walla Walla Choral Society. In October 2009 he was invited to Eugene, Oregon, to guest conduct the Central Lutheran Church Chorale in a festival concert. From 2004-2010 Scott served with co-founder Robert Bode of Whitman College as director of Walla Walla Baroque, an organization committed to presenting historically informed performances of early music. In this capacity he has performed with such musicians as Janet See (baroque flute), Margriet Tindemans (viola da gamba), and Arthur Haas (harpsichord).
In his free time, Dr. Scott enjoys road biking in the beautiful Walla Walla Valley, reading good books, weightlifting, and, when the winters are cold enough, playing an occasional game of outdoor pick-up hockey.
Last update on August 18, 2010