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Scott Tucker has prepared choruses for many of the best-known orchestral conductors in the world including Marin Alsop, Gustavo Dudamel, Christoph Eschenbach, Joanne Falletta, Erich Leinsdorf, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Gianandrea Noseda and Michael Tilson-Thomas.
During his tenure as Artistic Director of The Choral Arts Society of Washington (2012-2022), he prepared the chorus for over two dozen appearances with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. In 2018, a reviewer for the Washington Post described the Choral Arts role in Britten’s War Requiem as “…the most moving choral singing I have heard in a quarter-century’s residence in Washington.”
Tucker also prepared Choral Arts for guest appearances with several other orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra featuring Wynton Marsalis.
In addition to his collaborations with major symphony orchestras, Tucker took to the podium to conduct a wide range of choral-orchestral works including classics by such composers as Bach, Brahms and Verdi, as well as deserving lesser-known works such as Bacalov’s Misa Tango, Schmitt’s Psalm 47. And Geter’s An African American Requiem.
Soon after arriving at Choral Arts, Tucker founded the Choral Arts Chamber Singers and the Choral Arts Youth Choir, affording the organization the opportunity to increase its breadth of repertoire and its educational outreach.
A fierce proponent of new music, Tucker has commissioned and/or premiered over 40 works from composers such as Carol Barnett, David Conte, Edie Hill, Libby Larsen, Bernard Rands, Jake Runestad, Steven Stucky, Augusta Read Thomas, Zachary Wadsworth and Chen Yi.
Tucker is Professor Emeritus at Cornell University where he was the first P.E Browning Director of Choral Music. His choirs collaborated with such acclaimed artists as Peter Schreier and Anonymous 4. They toured regularly through the country and overseas, and were featured at American Choral Directors Association Regional and National conferences. Radio Appearances include WGBH’s Front Row Boston, and NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion.