Percussionist/Educator Scott Ney is an active performer specializing in contemporary solo and chamber ensemble music. He has been a featured performer at several Percussive Arts Society International Conventions, the International Festival of Percussive Arts Perkusja in Warsaw, Poland, International Trumpet Guild Conference, National Flute Association Convention, and most recently at the World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France. He has a strong interest in collaborating with performers and composers and commissioning new works for percussion. Recent collaborations include work with Christopher Shultis, Nathaniel Bartlett, Mark Applebaum, Ruth Lomon, Eric Lau, Matthew Darling, John Graham, Claire Chase, R. Carlos Nakai, San Francisco based Del Sol Quartet, and Phoenix based Crossing 32nd Street.
He has been on faculty at the University of New Mexico since 1998, where he is Associate Professor of Music, Director of Percussion Studies, and serves on the UNM Faculty Senate. He is principal timpanist with the Opera Southwest Orchestra, a tenured member of the Music in the Mountains Summer Festival Orchestra in Grass Valley, CA, and an active percussionist with the New Mexico Philharmonic, Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, and Santa Fe Symphony.
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. Professor Ney is generously sponsored by Pearl/Adams Percussion, Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks, and Remo, Inc.
Scott lives with his wife Stephenye and their 3 dogs; Frankie, Stella, and Pearl. In our free time Stephenye and I love to travel, cook, and hang out with our dogs. I'm a bit of an edurance junkie loving to be on my bike, running down on the bosque trail or swimming in the pool. This past summer I was fortunate enough to participate in and complete the 2015 Ironman Boulder in Boulder, CO.