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Scott Ney
University of New Mexico - United States


Scott is an Associate Professor of Music at the University of New Mexico, where he serves as Director of Percussion Studies. He instructs students in applied percussion, directs the UNM percussion ensemble and marimba band, and teachers percussion pedagogy, percussion literature, and percussion techniques. Professor Ney has earned a Master of Arts degree from Eastern Illinois University, a Bachelor of Music degree from The Boston Conservatory of Music, Dance, and Theatre, and is presently finishing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Washington. Ney has studied formally with Tom Collier at the University of Washington, Johnny Lane at Eastern Illinois University and Arthur Press at The Boston Conservatory. He has received percussion coaching from Dean Anderson, John Bergamo, Fucho Aparicio, Euclides Aparicio, Marvin Sparks, Ruben Alvarez, Craig Williams, Mary Ellen Donald, and studied marimba from Gordon Stout and Leigh Howard Stevens at the Birch Creek Music Academy.

Ney regularly performs with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and has held a percussion/timpani position with the Music in the Mountains Summer Festival Orchestra in Nevada City, CA since 1994. Ney has worked with the Santa Fe Opera, Santa Fe Symphony, Seattle Symphony Film Recording Orchestra, Opera Southwest, Sacramento Symphony Orchestra, Modesto Symphony Orchestra, Bellevue Philharmonic, Federal Way Philharmonic, Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, and the Danville Symphony Orchestra.

As a clinician and performer Ney travels throughout the United States and Europe and is quite active in the New Mexico Arts community. He has been a featured performer at the 1999 and 2002 Percussive Arts Society International Conventions, the 2002 International Festival of Percussive Arts Perkusja in Warsaw, Poland and has recently made two trips to Germany performing in the premiers of Agnes Messe and Thomasse Messe by Falko Steinbach. Ney has been a featured artist at the Gualala Arts Festival, the Music in the Mountains Summer Festival Series, and the Music in the Mountains Winter Chamber Program. As a freelance percussionist Ney has worked with Johnny Mathis, Olivia Newton John, Dionne Warwick, Marvin Stamm, Bill Conti, Burt Bacharach, Doc Severenson, and Don Rickles. He has performed in West Side Story, Little Me, Mystery of Edwin Drood, Hello Dolly, Baby, The King and I, The Sound of Music, and Fiddler on the Roof.

Recordings include Marshall Kip’s, The Acoustic Band and Ferocious; James Whetzal’s, Life of Surprises; the motion picture, Jungle Book II, Fandango featuring the UNM Wind Symphony with Phil Smith, principal trumpet with the New York Philharmonic, and Joe Alessi, principal trombone with the New York Philharmonic, and Las Cantantes: I Just Lightning, works by Libby Larson. Most recently Ney has recorded Largo Tah for marimba and bass trombone by Warren Benson with Chris Gassler. Ney has held teaching positions at The United States Percussion Camp in Charleston, Illinois; the Institute for the Academic Advancement of Youth, located at Johns Hopkins University; the Seattle Youth Symphony’s Marrowstone in the City Summer Festival; La Sierra Music Academy; California State University- Fresno; the Buchanan Educational Center; Clovis High School; Bullard High School; and Fresno City College.


University of New Mexico

Scott Ney - New Mexico Symphony Orchestra - Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra - Santa Fe Opera - Opera Southwest - New Mexico Jazz Workshop - Outpost Performance Space - Music in the Mountains