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Scott Ney

Percussionist Scott Ney is an active performer specializing in contemporary solo and chamber ensemble music.  He’s appeared at festivals and universities throughout the United States and Europe, including several Percussive Arts Society International Conventions, the International Festival of Percussive Arts Perkusja in Warsaw, Poland, Cathedral of Koeln, Saint Agnes and Abtei Brauweiler churches in Koeln, Germany and most recently appearances in Strasbourg, Nürnberg, and Würzburg.

A faculty member at the University of New Mexico since 1998, Scott is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Percussion Studies. He is the director of the UNM Percussion Ensemble, Folkloric Percussion Group, and the Graduate Percussion Group. In addition to his teaching responsibilities he is a member of the UNM Faculty Senate. 

Since his arrival in New Mexico he’s become involved with several chamber music festivals and groups along with serving as principal timpanist with the Opera Southwest Orchestra, and an active percussionist with the New Mexico Philharmonic, Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, and Santa Fe Symphony.

Scott facilitates a weekly drum circle at the UNM Psychiatric Hospital for patients and staff through the UNM Arts and Medicine Program promoting health and wellness through drumming and community.

Principal teachers include Johnny Lane (Eastern Illinois University), Arthur Press (Boston Conservatory and Boston Symphony) and Tom Collier (University of Washington).  

Past teaching positions include California State University-Fresno, University of Washington, Eastern Illinois University, Fresno City College, the Buchanan Educational Center, and Clovis High School.

Scott is a performing artist with:

Pearl/Adams Percussion

Zildjian Cymbals

Vic Firth Sticks

Remo Inc.

Black Swamp Percussion