Frank Scott



Frank Scott 
Professor of Piano
Coordinator, Piano Studies

Frank E. Scott is Director of the Piano Program at Northern Arizona University.  He made his Arizona debut in 1976 performing Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488 with noted conductor, Izler Solomon.  Dr. Scott has appeared in numerous solo and chamber music performances, including collaborations with artists for the NAU Performing Artists Series, Flagstaff Festival of the Arts, the Sedona Chamber Music Series and the NAU Spectrum Series. He was a founding member of the Coconino Chamber Ensemble, a resident chamber music group at Northern Arizona University, sponsored by the Arizona Arts Commission and has taught and directed the piano program at the Curry Summer Music Camp at NAU for 35 years.   

His orchestral appearances include a performance of the premiere of Willam Hill’s Piano Concerto in 1985, the Bartok Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Flagstaff Symphony and the Janacek Capriccio with the NAU Wind Symphony in 1996. He was the convention artist for the ASMTA convention held at NAU in the summer of 2000 as well as the MTNA Nevada state convention. In the spring of 1999, Scott performed the Grieg Piano Concerto in honor of Catharine Adel, NAU’s musical benefactress.  In May of 2002, Dr. Scott performed the Strauss Burleske with the NAU Symphony Orchestra and in 2003 he gave the Arizona premier of Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Flagstaff Symphony. In 2009 and 2010 Frank and Louise Scott, violinist, performed concerts together in Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada where they were convention artists at the MTNA Convention in Reno. They were also featured at Michigan State University College of Music in an Alumni Recital.  

Dr. Scott has been on the faculty at the University of Minnesota-Morris, St. Louis University, the University of Memphis and the Delta Music Festival.  He holds degrees in piano from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Michigan State University and the University of Iowa.  His principal teachers include Elizabeth Pastor, Ralph Votapek, Joseph Evans and John Simms.  In 1992 he studied with Jerome Lowenthal in New York. He has also studied with Jeffrey Swann, noted concert pianist.   

Dr. Scott’s students have gone on to receive masters and doctorates in piano and are teaching in colleges and universities.  In addition, many of his students regularly attend summer music festivals and have appeared in master classes with prominent artists.