scott bell

Scott Bell

Adjunct Professor, Oboe
Mary Pappert School of Music

School of Music 319
Phone: 412.396.6080


B.M., Oboe Performance, Cleveland Institute of Music, 1986

Scott Bell, oboist, has been a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony since 1993 and holds the Mr. and Mrs. William Rinehart endowed oboe chair. As a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony, Mr. Bell has performed on six continents and has participated in Grammy nominated performances.

Mr. Bell attended the Cleveland Institute of Music where he was a student of legendary oboist and pedagogue, John Mack. While a student at the Cleveland Institute, he performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Akron Symphony and was a concerto competition winner at the both the Cleveland Institute and the Music Academy of the West. After graduating, in 1982 Mr. Bell became the first oboist to win First Prize at the prestigious Fernand Gillet Competition sponsored by the International Double Reed society.

As a teacher, Mr. Bell has been on the faculties of Northern Illinois University, Tulane University, Trinity College, Wesleyan University, Carnegie Mellon University and, most recently, Duquesne University. He is sought out as a clinician having given classes throughout North America, South America and Asia. Among other universities, Mr. Bell has given classes at Indiana University, Cincinnati College/Conservatory, Royal Conservatory (Toronto) and Furman University. He has also served as artist/faculty at the John Mack Oboe Camp passing on the musical concepts and reed-making expertise of his former teacher. He also maintains a private studio where he is accustomed to students and professionals visiting Pittsburgh for audition preparation and reed-making advise.

Aside from performances with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Mr. Bell is active as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician. Most recently, he has performed recitals as part of the "Music in a Great Space" series in Pittsburgh and in Reykjavik, Iceland in the Hallgrímskirkja. He has also appeared with the Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Atlanta Symphony, National Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra and the Milwaukee Symphony. He is also a member of the critically acclaimed Pittsburgh Reed Trio with Pittsburgh Symphony and Duquesne University colleagues clarinetist Ron Samuels and bassoonist James Rodgers.

In 1982, Mr. Bell was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Veracruz (Mexico).