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Scott Ordway

Musical Studies

Scott Ordway

Composer and conductor Scott Ordway earned his Ph.D. in 2013 from the University of Pennsylvania, where he received the Hilda K. Nitzche and David Halstead Prizes in composition. He also holds degrees from the University of Oregon and the University of Puget Sound. 

In recent seasons, Dr. Ordway has collaborated with leading orchestras, ensembles, and soloists, including the Buffalo Philharmonic, Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Curtis Symphony Orchestra, Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, Tanglewood New Fromm Players, So Percussion, Fireworks Ensemble, Syzygy New Music, Juventas New Music Ensemble, Eugene Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, Norbotten NEO, Boston Musica Viva, the Lorelai Ensemble, SOLI Chamber Ensemble, and the Momenta, Arneis, and Daedalus String Quartets. A commercial recording of his chamber music, featuring principal players from the Hong Kong Philharmonic, was recently released on NAXOS Records.

As a conductor Dr. Ordway has held posts with the Syzygy New Music Ensemble, Eugene Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, and Juventas New Music Ensemble. From 2014 to 2016, he served as executive director of Philadelphia’s Network for New Music, one of America’s leading organizations for the commissioning and performance of contemporary music. Dr. Ordway's work has been supported by residencies and fellowships at the Aspen Music Festival and School, Beijing Modern Music Festival, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Estate Musicale Chigiana, June in Buffalo, and the Portland, Carolina, and Newburyport chamber music festivals. 

Dr. Ordway joined the musical studies faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2014. He has also held teaching positions at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Oregon, and Bates College. 

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