BM, Eastman School of Music; MM, University of Miami; Professional Diploma, Roosevelt University
Scott Tegge dedicates his career to the performance and expansion of repertoire for the tuba and brass quintet, and to developing the next generation through his work as an educator.
With a long-standing passion for chamber music, Scott has performed extensively in brass quintets since the age of fourteen, and founded his current ensemble, the Gaudete Brass Quintet, in 2004. (pronounced gow-day-tay.) Toward the goal of leaving future musicians a robust and expanded repertoire, Scott and the Gaudete Brass are particularly committed to commissioning original works for brass, and have premiered more than fifty new works to date.
Keeping a rigorous touring schedule, the Gaudete Brass Quintet has performed at renowned venues including the Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park in Chicago, Symphony Space, Kaufman Music Center, and Carnegie Hall in New York City. With the quintet, Scott has recorded award-winning albums: Brass Outings (2006, self-produced), winner of the CDBaby Editors’ Choice distinction and nominee for Just Plain Folks Best Classical Chamber Album; Conversations in Time with organist R. Benjamin Dobey (2011, Pro Organa); and Chicago Moves, produced by Grammy winner Judith Sherman and featuring several of its commissioned works (2012, Cedille Records). The quintet’s latest album, sevenfive – The John Corigliano Effect, released in February 2017 (Cedille Records), brings a fresh perspective to the legacy of the prolific American composer with an inventive collection of new works by five of his protégés, commissioned by the Gaudete Brass in honor of Corigliano’s 75th birthday celebration.
With Gaudete Brass, Scott has presented extensive educational programs, master classes, and concerts at The Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, Arizona State University, University of Michigan, and Vanderbilt University, as well as at numerous high schools and community music schools as part of the quintet’s touring activity.
Scott serves on the faculties of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Northern Illinois University, University of Illinois at Chicago, DePaul University (Chicago, IL), and Carthage College (Kenosha, WI). In addition to teaching tuba, euphonium, and chamber music, Scott has developed methods to teach students how to think differently about a life in music, which grew into semester-long courses on entrepreneurial career building. Scott also coaches young musicians at the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras and maintains a large private studio. He regularly freelances with orchestras in the Chicagoland area, and is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer on creative career development, entrepreneurship, and building successful teaching studios.
As an educator, Scott upholds three main performance principles: good sound, confidence, and artistic point-of-view. In his teaching, Scott helps students develop their own voices as musicians through confidence building and self-directed learning. Believing that no music is worth making if it does not sound good, he also emphasizes developing a solid technical foundation with his students, focusing on good habits in breathing, phrasing, and dedication to fundamentals such as long tones and scales. Scott builds a strong camaraderie among his students to support one another in taking risks in performance and to learn how to play for each other and the public with conviction. Over time, they learn to play beyond the right notes toward interpretative music making and performance.