The University at Buffalo Department of Music is very pleased to announce the appointment of Jeffrey Scott as Professor of Music beginning in the fall of 2024. Professor Scott is currently Associate Professor of Horn at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, a position he will depart at the end of this academic year.
A leader in the field of chamber music, Professor Scott helped found the Imani Winds – America’s premiere woodwind quintet – and performed with the ensemble for over 20 years. The Imani Winds are regularly featured at major venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Disney Hall, and at festivals across North America. They are widely admired for their efforts at expanding access to classical chamber music and have a long history of outreach and engagement across a wide range of students and communities.
Professor Scott’s record of performance collaboration is extensive. In addition to his work with the Imani Winds, he’s appeared with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra numerous times, Dance Theater of Harlem, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and with Wynton Marsalis, Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, Chris Brubeck, Jimmy Heath, Terrence Blanchard and many others. From 1997 to 2005 he was an orchestra member on the Broadway production of The Lion King and has performed with numerous other Broadway pit orchestras during his time in New York City.
As a composer and arranger he has been involved in a multitude of projects, including new works for the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, an Off-Broadway production of Becoming Something: The Story of Canada Lee and a staged production of Josephine Baker: A Life of le Jazz Hot!, in addition to many original works for solo winds, woodwind quintet, and other mixed ensembles.
Explaining the significance of Jeffrey Scott’s appointment, Professor Eric Huebner, Chair of the Department of Music, says: “Jeff is widely considered one of the most outstanding horn players in North America. His record of creative accomplishment as both a hornist and composer speaks for itself. He’s a trailblazer, a true original, and a profoundly talented and skilled musician. We are honored to have him join our faculty and look forward to his arrival next fall.”