Location: Washington, USA
Scott Dean, conductor
Mr. Dean enjoys a twenty-six year tenure at Bellevue Presbyterian Church, Washington state, where he has established and oversees a traditional music program of more than two hundred and fifty weekly participants in eight ensembles, and the Modern Worship ministries staff.
Dean conducts the Chorus and Orchestra of Bellevue Presbyterian Church, Ensemble chamber chorus, Bel Canto auditioned treble chorus for youth, and the professional Festival Orchestra, and Festival Brass. He founded and leads the graded, children choral program of Bellevue Presbyterian, and it’s professional staff of directors and accompanists, the handbell program, and oversees the trombone ensembles of Posaunnen and percussionists of Lauda.
The adult, youth, and handbell choirs of BelPres have made six international tours throughout Western and Eastern Europe, Russia and Finland, and Costa Rica. Performance venues varied from landmark cathedrals such as San Marco in Venice, St. Mathias in Budapest, Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg, to concert halls, small, rural parishes, and the trian tracks of Birkenau.
The choirs of Bellevue Presbyterian have produced three CDs and have presented regional premieres of lesser-known sacred works: Benjamin Britten’s The Company of Heaven in 1991, the West Coast premiere of Ola Gjiello's Sunrise Mass in 2012 and well-known masterworks, such as Robert Levin's completion of Mozart’s Requiem. Other major works performed during Dean’s tenure are St. John Passion-J.S. Bach, A German Requiem-Brahms, Noyes Fludde-Britten, Requeim settings of Duruflé, Fauré, and Rutter, Messiah-Handel, The Creation-Haydn, Elijah-Mendelssohn, Hodie, Dona Nobis Pacem, Five Mystical Songs-Vaughan Williams.
Fesitval worship services are prized by the community for their musical inspiration, literature, and artistry that draws them to often overflow accomodations. Weekly Sanctuary services reinterprets the traditional worship setting for our post-modern culture.
A nationally recognized specialist in sacred music Dean has provided leadership to the American Choral Directors Association for 15 years at national, regional, and state levels. He has conducted performances at A.C.D.A. national conventions in New York (St. Patrick Cathedral) and Los Angeles (Lady of the Angels Cathedral), and presented numerous Interest Sessions, and papers for national and regional conventions of ACDA, and his research and articles have appeared in the Choral Journal.
Mr. Dean enjoys research privileges in London, Paris, Rome, where he has developed a keen interest in editing and arranging early music, and research into primary source materials of classic choral-orchestral works.
Mr. Dean received the Master of Music (Conducting), and Bachelor of Arts (Music Education) degrees from California State University, Fullerton where he was awarded honors from the Department of Music and studied with Gordon Paine, Howard Swan and David Thorsen. As a workshop participant and professional chorister Dean studied with Helmuth Rilling at the Oregon Bach Festival for nine seasons. He has performed with Gian Carlo Maria Giulini, Zubin Mehta, Aaron Copland and Krystof Penderecki and has prepared choruses for Roger Wagner, the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, organist Paul Manz and recording artists Shirley Jones and Mel Torme.
Residing with his wife Cynthia, a soprano soloist and music specialist for the Lake Washington School District, their two adult children are also involved in the arts--a Creative Director for marketing, and a fashion designer.