Louise Scott



Professor of Violin/Suzuki/Pedagogy
Building 37 Room 192
PhD University of Arizona
NAU Orchestra   

Louise Scott is Professor of Violin and Pedagogy in the School of Music.  She received her doctorate from the University of Arizona in 1980 and came to NAU, first as part-time faculty in 1977, and then full-time in 1984. Her major teachers include; Walter Verdehr, Josef Gingold, Tadeusz Wronski, John Kendall and John Ferell.  

In her music career over the past thirty years, she has performed in the:

  • North Carolina Symphony
  • Aspen Symphony
  • Tucson Symphony
  • Memphis Symphony
  • Lansing Symphony
  • New Jersey Symphony
  • Arizona Opera Orchestra
  • Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra

Since 1993, she has been Concertmaster for the Arizona Opera, an Opera company based in Phoenix and Tucson that is regularly reviewed by Opera News.  She was also Assistant Concertmaster for the two summer series of Ring cycles performed by the Arizona Opera in Flagstaff (1996 and 1998).  She has also been Concertmaster for the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra since 1985.

In addition to her orchestral work, she has been a longtime active member of the NAU Faculty Chamber Music Series.  She has been actively involved in national string teaching organizations, including the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the American String Teachers Association, where she served as state President from 1990 to 1992. 

She regularly gives clinical workshops across the country in violin, especially with advanced students in the Suzuki method. Recent summer Suzuki workshops include the Hawaii Suzuki Institute, the NAU Suzuki Institute, the Alaska Suzuki Institute, the Black Hills Advanced String Camp, the Oregon Suzuki Institute and the Stanford Advanced String Camp.

Dr. Scott initiated Suzuki pedagogy courses at NAU; this program has grown to one of the largest and most well-known programs in the country.   In addition to an extensive performance schedule, she served as Director of the School of Music from 2002 to 2006.