EYSO percussionists enjoy sectional coachings, in-rehearsal practical instruction, chamber music, lessons, and mock audition opportunities administered by Emory University’s percussion faculty. Scott Pollard (Emory) coordinates these unique activities with the EYSO Music Director.
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Scott Pollard

Scott Pollard, a native of Raleigh, NC, has held full-time percussion/timpani positions with the Buffalo Philharmonic and the US Air Force Concert Band in Washington, D.C.  Currently an active freelance musician throughout the Southeast, Scott performs regularly with the Atlanta Symphony, Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta Opera, NC Symphony, Alabama Symphony, and Charleston Symphony, and is the principal timpanist with the NC Opera, Carolina Ballet, and Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. In recent years he’s been a featured soloist with the NC Symphony and the Virginia Arts Festival, and in the past performed with the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra, Houston Symphony, and Houston Grand Opera.

Scott is a founding member of the Attacca Percussion Group and the Col Legno Duo (bassoon/percussion). He has presented hundreds of educational clinics, chamber music recitals, and calypso band performances (he’s an avid steel drummer) throughout the country, including at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., two Percussive Arts Society International Conventions, and several statewide Days of Percussion.  Internationally, he has performed and given master classes throughout Europe and South America. He is proud to maintain artist endorsements with the Zildjian Cymbal Company, Vic Firth, Incorporated, and Majestic/Mapex Percussion.

Scott currently serves as the Artist Affiliate in Percussion at Emory University in Atlanta, where he founded and hosts the annual Emory Percussion Symposium. He also maintains a private studio in Athens, GA. Former teaching positions include Professor of Percussion at the University of Georgia and Director of Percussion for the NC Governor’s School. Scott earned his Bachelor’s of Music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and his Master’s of Music from Rice University.