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Oliver Scott

scottoc@jmu.edu

540-568-5278

Instructor, Jazz Piano

Oliver Scott is a jazz pianist, educator, arranger, and composer. Originally from Maine, and receiving his bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Jazz Studies at Ithaca College, he recently graduated with his Master’s degree in Jazz Studies from the Eastman School of Music. At Eastman Oliver taught jazz piano classes and private lessons, received the Ray Wright Prize, was a member of the Eastman Jazz Ensemble, and performed with bassist John Clayton. He is a member of the Generations Trio, featuring drummer Rich Thompson. Arranging credits include small group writing, works for the Eastman Studio Orchestra, Ithaca College Jazz Band, Choir, and Wind Ensemble, and was commissioned in 2020 by Ithaca College to arrange Amazing Grace for a school-wide virtual performance. Having performed throughout the states as well as internationally, Oliver is known for his collaborative skills, musicianship, and technical proficiency. Outside of jazz, he is experienced in classical and gospel genres, and has recording experience as a leader and side-man. Mentors include Gary Versace, Mike Titlebaum, Nick Weiser, and Greg Evans. Oliver is incredibly excited for the opportunity to work with the students at JMU this year and collaborate with the wonderful jazz faculty.

Jazz Professors and Instructors

Chuck Dotas

Chuck Dotas
Professor
Director of Jazz Studies
dotascj@jmu.edu

Masa Ishikawa

Masa Ishikawa
Assistant Professor
Jazz Piano
ishikamx@jmu.edu

Piano Professors and Technicians

Lori Piltz

Lori Piitz
Professor
Piano Area Coordinator
piitzle@jmu.edu

Eric Ruple

Eric Ruple
Professor
Steinway Artist
rupleek@jmu.edu

Masa Ishikawa

Masa Ishikawa
Assistant Professor
Jazz Piano
ishikamx@jmu.edu

Jocelyn Chan

  Jocelyn Chan
Lead Piano Technician
chan2sm@jmu.edu

Heather Coltman

Heather J. Coltman
Provost & Senior Vice President

Scott Zane Smith

Scott Zane Smith
Class Piano Coordinator, Supervisor, Instructor
smithsz@jmu.edu

John Veitch

John Veitch
Piano Technician
veitchjs@jmu.edu

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