Conductor and Music Director
Maestro R. Joseph Scott
A native of Eastern Oregon, R. Joseph Scott has been a dynamic leader in the Northwest musical community for over 40 years. He attended the University of Oregon, School of Music and studied conducting with Eugene Furst and Wolfgang Martin of the Portland Opera.
After relocating to Seattle, Mr. Scott continued his studies with Henry Holt of the Seattle Opera, Mikael Scheremetiew of the Thalia Conservatory, and Vilem Sokol of the Seattle Youth Symphony. He founded the Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra, serving as Music Director, Conductor and General Manager from 1967 – 1997. He has conducted the Sammamish Symphony for 15 years.
Maestro Scott has conducted concerts featuring a diverse array of artists, including Metropolitan Opera star Roberta Peters; violinist Pamela Frank; the Seattle Opera Chorus; the Empire Brass Quintet; the Seattle Symphony Chorale; and vocalists Anna Maria Alberghetti, Lou Rawls, Maureen McGovern and Marni Nixon.
Mr. Scott was Resident Conductor of Lyric Opera Northwest from 2005 - 2009, and has appeared with numerous musical ensembles, including the Bellevue Opera. He has conducted world premieres of works by Alan Hovhaness, Vaclav Nelhybel and various regional composers.