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  • School / Univ. / Institution: University of New Mexico
  • Country: United States

Scott Ney is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Percussion Studies at the University of New Mexico. Since his move to Albuquerque in 1998, Professor Ney has become prominent in the region’s rich musical life. He performs regularly with the New Mexico and Santa Fe Symphony Orchestras and has worked with the Santa Fe Opera, Opera Southwest, and Chatter, as well as several other chamber ensembles.

Just prior to living in New Mexico, Mr. Ney lived in Seattle for two years working towards a doctorate degree at the University of Washington with percussion professor Tom Collier. Before his time in Seattle, he lived in California working as an educator and freelance artist. During these seven years he performed as a classical musician with the Seattle Symphony Film Recording Orchestra, Sacramento Symphony Orchestra, Modesto Symphony Orchestra, Bellevue Philharmonic, and the Federal Way Philharmonic. In 1995 Professor Ney became a member of the Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra in Nevada City, California.

Professor Ney has given clinics and performances at festivals, conferences, concert halls, and universities throughout the United States and in Europe. Some include the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, International Trumpet Guild Conference, National Flute Association Convention, International Festival of Percussive Arts Perkusja in Warsaw, Poland, Saint Agnes and Brauweiler churches in Cologne, Germany, California State Unviersity-Fresno, University of Missouri, and the Las Vegas Academy for the Performing Arts. 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 taught percussion at California State University- Fresno and jazz history and music theory at Fresno City College. In addition to his collegiate teaching, Professor Ney was the Assistant Director of Bands at Clovis High School and the Director of Percussion at the Buchanan Educational Center, both located in Clovis, California. From 1998 to 2001, he taught at the United States Percussion Camp in Charleston, Illinois. Other teaching positions include Institute for the Academic Advancement of Youth, associated with Johns Hopkins University, the Seattle Youth Symphony’s Marrowstone in the City Summer Festival, and La Sierra Music Academy.

Principal teachers include Tom Collier at the University of Washington, Johnny Lane at Eastern Illinois University, and Arthur Press at The Boston Conservatory. While in Seattle, Mr. Ney was able to study Venezuelan music and maraca technique with Euclides Aparicio for two years and Fuchito Apparicio for one year. Other teachers include Dean Anderson, John Bergamo, Poovalur Srinivasan, Mary Ellen Donald, and Jerry Steinholtz.

Scott Ney endorses Pearl/Adams Percussion, Zildjian Cymbals, and ProMark Sticks.

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