[he] demonstrated admirable technical mastery, confident and persuasive interpretive approaches, and marvelously communicative warmth
he played with a refreshing sense of straightforwardness unencumbered by affectation or distortion, but solidly constructed, flawlessly executed, and movingly rendered. The result was memorable and thrilling."
Michael Sitton, Composer; Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs
Hollins University, Roanoke, VA
Scott Bennett was appointed to the post of Organist-Choirmaster at Grace Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina in July of 1996. During this time the music program has come to be considered one of the finest in the southeast. Five CD recordings (four on the Pro Organo label) have been produced at Grace Church during this time (two solo organ discs and three choral discs), all receiving excellent reviews, and Dr. Bennett's performances both in the US, Germany, Switzerland, and Scandinavia have been received with enthusiastic review. Bennett has appeared frequently as a soloist with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and received numerous invitations as both soloist and conductor for concerts at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston.
As a Rotary Foundation Scholar, he pursued postgraduate studies in organ performance and choral conducting at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne, Germany with Michael Schneider (organ) and Peter Neumann (conducting). A frequent recitalist, Bennett performed on the West German Radio Network, and played to critical acclaim as the featured artist at the Eleventh Annual International Management Symposium in St. Gall, Switzerland.
Dr. Bennett earned the Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance from Stetson University where he studied with Paul Jenkins, and the Master of Music degree in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, where his principal teacher was David Craighead. After returning from Europe, he began doctoral study at Eastman under the direction of Russell Saunders. He completed his doctoral studies in performance and history at the University of Memphis where his principal teacher was John Peterson.
Prior to his appointment in Charleston Bennett held a tenured post of Associate Professor of Organ and Theory at Union University in Jackson, TN.
(For more detailed information please access the Grace Church website at http://www.gracechurchcharleston.org)