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Scott McCarrey

Scott McCarrey

Faculty of Culture, Language & Performing Arts

Pianist Scott McCarrey founded the piano major at Brigham Young University–Hawaii in 1996. Beyond offering private instruction to a studio of advanced piano majors (Music 160R–460R), he teaches piano literature (464/5), pedagogy (333/L), technique (161), keyboard harmony (191/291), music history (385), and a special topics course on the music of Maurice Ravel (390R).

Dr. McCarrey has performed throughout Asia, Europe, on the US mainland, and across the Pacific, both as a recitalist and collaborative pianist. Under the supervision of composer Wendy Hiscocks, his recording of Scenes from an Australian Childhood was included with the publication of the musical score, reviewed in the May/June 2016 issue of International Piano: "With clear, poised, blemish-free renderings of all seven numbers on an accompanying disc from the accomplished pianist Scott McCarrey, this is a persuasive and elegantly produced release (Murray McLachlan)."

In the realm of scholarship, Dr. McCarrey's work has focused on French piano repertoire, beginning with his doctorate on Ravel, followed by the co-organization of the 2007 international conference "French Music: Performance and Analysis," and the 2014 publication of the co-edited volume Perspectives on the Performance of French Piano Music for Ashgate Press (now Routledge) with Dr. Lesley A. Wright (University of Hawaii at Manoa). Writing in Arts and Letters, musicologist Laura Hamer described the collection of essays as "a significant achievement that provides a number of penetrating insights into the performance practice of the French piano tradition." The volume received a Certificate of Merit Award from the Association for Recorded Sound Collections in 2015.

Dr. McCarrey has given extensive service to the university: as Coordinator of the Piano Program (1996–present); as Founder and Artistic Director of the Evening of Concertos concerts with the Hawaii Symphony (1997–present); as Music Department Chair (1999–2001) and Chair of the Fine Arts Department (2002–08); and, most recently, as Associate Dean of the College of Language, Culture, and Arts, where he was a member of the University Curriculum Council (2008–16). Currently he serves on the Promotion and Review Committee (2017–present). For the local community he frequently adjudicates the Hawaii Music Teachers Association piano competitions. In 2003 he was a jurist at the inaugural Gina Bachauer International Amateur Competition in Salt Lake City, Utah.

A graduate of Brigham Young University (BM, 1991, magna cum laude), Indiana University (MM, 1995), and England's York University (PhD, 2006), Dr. McCarrey's musical mentors include pianists Douglas Humpherys, Edward Auer, and Roy Howat, and the analyst Tim Howell.

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