Scott Montgomery

Acclaimed as a sensitive and rock solid performer, complete understanding for composer’s compositional styles, and delicate yet commanding use in registering the many colors of the instrument (American Organist Magazine), Scott Montgomery holds an active career in all facets as a musician. He is Associate Director of Music Ministries and Organist for Central United Methodist Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas, a widely-respected concert organist, and a private instructor of piano and organ.

Scott became nationally recognized in 2006 by winning both the Lilian Murtagh Memorial Award (first-prize) and the Audience Prize of the prestigious American Guild of Organists’ National Young Artist Competition in Organ Playing (NYACOP), the first person to win both prizes in the history of the competition. Scott has been a prize winner in several other notable competitions including first-prize in the American Guild of Organists’ Region V Competition in Evansville, Indiana (1997), second-prize in the Arthur Poister National Organ Competition in Syracuse, New York (2002), and was also the first recipient of the M. Louise Miller Scholarship (2002) sponsored by the Greater Bridgeport Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Scott is a member of the Concert Artist Cooperative, a roster of national and international concert artists.

Scott is active as a concert organist throughout the country. He has had the honor of being a dedication artist to showcase new instruments in both church and concert halls, performances for the American Guild of Organists National and Regional Conventions, National Pastoral Musician Conferences, Organ Historical Society (OHS) conventions, the Tallahassee Church Music Conference in Tallahassee, Florida, and for Pipe Organ Encounters (POE) in the Midwest for both youth and adults. His performances have been broadcast on nationally syndicated radio programs “Pipedreams” and “With Heart and Voice.” His debut recording, Water and Light, was released in 2008 by the Pro Organo label. His second CD, Inspirations From England, was released in 2009 by the Regent Record label. Most recently, Scott has released his third CD, Organo Plano: Music for a Joyous Occasion, on the Raven label.

Scott received his formal training at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, earning his undergraduate and graduate degrees in organ performance studying with Dr Dana Robinson.

 

“Here is an artist of great promise- technically assured and well able to interpret very different styles of music.” The Organ

“His musicality, with due regard to the spaces between the notes, would be a master-class for many of his contemporaries.” Organists’ Review

“Your Playing was flawless, musical, and expressive. Your rapport with the audience was amazing! This was an event our people will remember and treasure for years to come.” Petoskey, Michigan


Selected CD Reviews

Water and Light (Pro Organo)
"Montgomery plays accurately and with a confidence aided no doubt by his AGO victory. All the pieces are performed with proper tempos and registrations. Overall, a fine if not distinguished recording of literature standards." Metz, The American Record Guide, 2009

Inspirations from England (Regent Records)
"Scott Montgomery's star has been rising steadily since becoming the first person to win the two major awards offered by the American Guild of Organists' National Your Artists Competition in 2006... Montgomery makes much of the agile, brightly articulated instrument to stake a strong claim for both organ and organist." Michael Quinn, Choir and Organ, 2009

Inspirations from England (Regent Records)
“Scott Montgomery should be booked for a UK tour. His musicality, with due regard to the spaces between the notes, would be a master-class for many of his contemporaries.” Organists' Review, 2009

Scott Montgomery can be contacted directly through email at scottmontgomery8@gmail.com or through his website at ScoMo.org