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Scott Weiss

Title: Sarah Bolick Smith Distinguished Professor of Music / Director of Bands
School of Music
Phone: 803-777-4278

School of Music Room 117


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Scott Weiss is the Director of Bands and Sarah Bolick Smith Distinguished Professor of Music at the University of South Carolina, a position he has held since 2010. Previously he served on the faculties of the University of Kansas, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Lamar University, and Emory University. He also has nine years of public school teaching experience, including six years as Director of Bands at Harrison High School in Cobb County, Georgia, where his wind ensemble was featured at the 1999 Midwest Clinic.

Under his direction, the USC Wind Ensemble has performed before the College Band Directors National Association (2013), the American Bandmasters Association (2014), and the South Carolina Music Educators Association (2012). In 2012 the ensemble also toured the People’s Republic of China, performing 7 standing-room-only concerts in 6 cities, including a sold out performance in the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing that was telecast throughout the country. Together, Weiss and the USCWE have recorded four discs on the Summit, Naxos, and Mark Custom labels; and the group has commissioned and premiered dozens of new works by composers such as Samuel Adler, William Bolcom, David Dzubay, Jennifer Higdon, Joseph Schwantner, and James Stephenson.
Equally at home conducting wind ensembles and symphony orchestras, Scott Weiss maintains an active international conducting schedule. Recent appearances include critically-acclaimed concerts with the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, the Hunan Symphony Orchestra, the Nanchang Philharmonic, the Shandong Symphony Orchestra, and the Inner Mongolia Symphony Orchestra. He has also been an artist-in-residence at leading music schools around the world, including the Central Conservatory of Music (Beijing), the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, and the University of Western Australia.
Dr. Weiss earned an undergraduate degree in trumpet performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and both a master’s and a doctorate from the University of Illinois. He is the recipient of multiple teaching awards, and former conducting students of his hold major conducting and academic posts throughout the world.