Scott Pollard

Scott Pollard

Emory University, Col Legno Duo, Independent

Like many, I cut my teeth playing snare in marching band, but remember clearly when I truly fell in love with percussion: playing Harmonielehre by John Adams at age 15 in the NC Governor's School Orchestra. It's been a wild ride as a performer and educator ever since: Cincinnati and Rice for school, Quilombo Steel Quartet, Over-the-Rhine Steel Band, Buffalo Philharmonic, Air Force Concert Band, Attacca Percussion Group, Col Legno Duo (with bassoon), U. of Georgia, Emory U. And lots of freelance percussion work the past 10 years, which I love because I just about get to do it all. I'm most proud of founding the annual Emory Percussion Symposium, which allows me to work with a wide range of artists.

IN 3

  • Most memorable Next-Level Performance

    Shostakovich Sym No 7, timpani, Rice University. I've been fortunate to play in some wonderful professional orchestras, but I've only once been a part of a performance with so many equally talented and singularly focused musicians. When it was over, the conductor was crying, the musicians were crying, the audience was crying.
  • What Drives Your Creativity?

    As an educator: the search for that next-level performance for my students. As a performer: taking a piece of music performed countless times before, by countless people, and finding my own unique spin to put on it.