Patrick A. Scott is Director of Music & Organist at Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Memphis, Tennessee, where he is also the Artistic Director of the Memphis Boy & Girl Choir and Adjunct Professor of Organ at the University of Memphis. Prior to his appointment in Memphis, Dr. Scott served for over five years at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta, first as the Assistant Organist-Choirmaster and later as the Organist & Associate Choirmaster. It was here where most of these descants and harmonizations were written. A native of Picayune, Mississippi, he holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance from Birmingham-Southern College where he studied with Dr. James Cook. As a student of Drs. Judith and Gerre Hancock, Patrick earned a Master of Music in Organ Performance and Sacred Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ Performance, both from the University of Texas at Austin. His other major teachers have included Betty Polk and Kathy Vail.
Dr. Scott is recognized as one of the prominent organists of his generation having won both the first prize and the audience prize in the American Guild of Organists’ National Competition in Organ Improvisation held at the AGO National Convention in 2014. At the same convention, he was also awarded second prize in the Schoenstein Hymn-Playing Competition. In 2016, he was named one of the top 20 leaders and organists under the age of 30 by The Diapason magazine. He has recorded CDs under the Gothic and Raven labels with the cathedral choirs of the Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta and as a soloist on the Æolean-Skinner organ of Providence United Methodist Church in Charlotte, N.C., the organ formerly at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. An active recitalist and accompanist, Dr. Scott has appeared in concert and with choirs throughout the United States, as well as in England, France, Ireland, and Scotland. He has presented recitals, workshops, hymn festivals, and masterclasses for chapters and conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the Organ Historical Society, the American Choral Director’s Association, the Royal School of Church Music, and the Presbyterian Association of Musicians.
He is represented by Concert Artist Cooperative,