Faculty and Staff
Sarah Bolick Smith Distinguished Professor of Music / Director of Bands
School of Music
School of Music Room 117
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 at the University of Kansas, Indiana University, 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 three discs for the Naxos and Mark Custom labels; and the group has commissioned and premiered dozens of new works by composers such as Jennifer Higdon, Joseph Schwantner, William Bolcom, David Dzubay, Steven Bryant, James Oliverio, Frank Ticheli, and Joseph Turrin.
Equally at home conducting wind ensembles and symphony orchestras, Scott Weiss maintains an active international conducting schedule, particularly in Asia where he has performed throughout China and Taiwan. Recent appearances include critically-acclaimed concerts with the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, the Nanchang Philharmonic, the Shandong Symphony Orchestra, the Mongolia Symphony Orchestra, and the Jianxi Symphony Orchestra. He has also conducted and taught at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. Closer to home, Scott Weiss regularly conducts all-state bands, intercollegiate bands, and high school honor bands throughout North America, and he has been featured as a guest conductor with The United States Army Band and the United States Coast Guard Band.
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 a member of the College Band Directors National Association and the American Bandmasters Association, and he is currently on the board of directors for the National Band Association.
Scott and his wife Teah live in Columbia with their son John and his dog, Duke. Scott enjoys traveling internationally, surfing, and playing golf; and he is currently learning to speak Mandarin.