Conductor and Music Director

Photograph of R. Joseph Scott

Maestro R. Joseph Scott

R. Joseph Scott has been a dynamic leader in the Northwest musical community for 48 years. He is currently celebrating his 16th season with the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra.

Maestro Scott has conducted concerts featuring a diverse array of artists, including Metropolitan Opera star Roberta Peters; violinist Pamela Frank; cellist Julian Schwarz; the Seattle Opera Chorus; the Empire Brass Quintet; the Seattle Symphony Choral; and vocalists Anna Maria Alberghetti, Lou Rawls, Maureen McGovern and Marni Nixon. Mr. Scott has also featured members of the Seattle Symphony: Kimberly Russ, piano; Ben Hausman, oboe; Simon James, violin.

Mr. Scott founded the Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra, serving as Music Director, Conductor and General Manager from 1967 – 1997 and served as Resident Conductor of Lyric Opera Northwest from 2005 - 2009. He has appeared with numerous musical ensembles, including the Bellevue Opera and has conducted world premieres of works by Alan Hovhaness, Vaclav Nelhybel and various regional composers.

Maestro Scott attended the University of Oregon, School of Music and studied conducting with Eugene Furst and Wolfgang Martin of the Portland Opera. After moving to Seattle, Mr. Scott continued his studies with Henry Holt of the Seattle Opera, Mikael Scheremetiew of the Thalia Conservatory, and Vilem Sokol of the Seattle Youth Symphony.


City of Sammamish SAMMI Award for the Arts; Bellevue, Best of Bellevue Musical Arts Pioneer Award; City of Sammamish Certificate of Recognition for Dedicated Leadership & Music Appreciation.