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Scott Horsington is the new director of the Brockport College-Community Orchestra, beginning with their 2015-16 season.
Horsington, who has also been named Music Ensemble Coordinator, is an adjunct lecturer in the department and has been a soloist with the orchestra during past concerts.
In addition to conducting the Brockport Concert Band for several years, he has conducted student ensembles at the Chautauqua Institute summer music camp and is currently continuing his conducting studies with Paul Shewan, who has been a guest conductor for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, including several of their concerts at the College.
Horsington received bachelor's degrees in both music education and music performance from SUNY Fredonia and a master's degree from Arizona State University, and he has completed post-graduate work at DePaul University's School of Music.
Highlights of his curriculum vitae include:
- Winner of the 2006 Fredonia Concerto Competition for his performance of Aaron Copland's "Concerto for Clarinet"
- Principal clarinetist for Fredonia Wind Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, and Symphony Orchestra
- Recipient of the 2007 SUNY Chancellor's Award, as well as numerous other honors
- Toured with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra for its 50th Anniversary
- Performed with the Western NY Chamber Orchestra and the Hillman Opera
- As the assistant director of Clarinets for Conservation, spent a summer in Tanzania teaching music to secondary school students and conserving the African blackwood tree — the prime material for the majority of musical instruments
Horsington is an innovative and forward-thinking musician, with a wide-ranging repertoire and a penchant for the challenging and unusual. He is excited by the upcoming season, which will feature a symphonic version of "Crater Lake" by contemporary California composer Garrett Shatzer, who is arranging his piece for the Brockport orchestra. The concert will also feature Haydn's Symphony No. 104 — better known as the "London Symphony."
Horsington will also be making some surprising additions to the ensemble. "My vision is to see the orchestra embrace a greener approach to the concert experience. I'm looking forward to a wonderful season working with students and community members."
The orchestra's first concert of the new academic year will be October 15, 2015, at
7:30 pm, in the Seymour College Union Ballroom. Tickets will be $5 at the door.