Scott Christian is the Principal Timpanist with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and is on faculty at West Virginia State University and Concord University.
Before working in West Virginia, Scott held timpani positions with the Huntsville and Charlotte Symphony Orchestras. He has appeared as a Substitute Principal Timpanist with Cleveland Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2015 he was Acting Principal Timpanist at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music and in the summer of 2016 he will join the orchestra as a member of the percussion section.
During the 2015-16 season, Scott was a soloist with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra giving the world premiere performance of Gregory Vajda’s concerto Drums, Drums, Drums. He appears on recent recordings of chamber music by Erich Stem on New Dynamic Records and Mark Fromm by the Trillium Ensemble. He performed and recorded for composer Amy Williams’ Cineshape project for which she was awarded a 2015 Guggenheim fellowship.
Scott has recently performed as a chamber musician with ChamberFest Cleveland, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Charleston Chamber Music Society, Charlotte Chamber Music, as well as at the Eastman School of Music, SUNY Buffalo State, Warhol Museum, Baylor University, Eastern Mennonite University, Ohio University, West Liberty University, University of Indiana Southeast, University of North Texas, University of Pittsburgh, and University of Texas. He is a member of an ensemble for flute, piano, and percussion called ASS3MBLY. They have commissioned seven works and will have a CD released on Albany Records in fall of 2016.
Scott received his BM and MM degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music. His primary teachers have been Paul Yancich, Richard Weiner, and Peter Kogan.