R. Joseph Scott

Music Director and Conductor, Emeritus

Photograph of R. Joseph Scott

R. Joseph Scott was the Symphony's Music Director and Conductor from 1998 until 2015. Maestro Scott died May 19, 2016. He will be missed by all who loved music.

R. Joseph Scott was a dynamic leader in the Northwest musical community for 48 years.

Maestro Scott 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 appeared with numerous musical ensembles, including the Bellevue Opera and 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.