Scott Pool currently serves as the Academy Director of the Talis Music Festival and Academy in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, and is the bassoon professor at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. He is also on the chamber music faculty of the Orfeo International Music Festival (Italy). A resident of south Texas, Scott is a frequent recitalist across the nation and abroad with appearances at numerous festivals and solo engagements. His passion for teaching and passing the knowledge of the bassoon to younger generations is manifest in the accomplishments of his private studio. Recognized as a Moosmann Artist by master bassoon maker, Bernd Moosmann, Scott's performances have taken him throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia, programming both the standard repertoire and new compositions for the bassoon. He has served on the faculties of the University of Texas System and Valdosta State University (GA). As an avid proponent of new music, Scott has played an active role in the commission of both established and emerging contemporary composers, including Miguel del Aguila, Gene Pritsker, Katherine Hoover, Jenni Brandon and Sunny Knable among many others.
Scott's festival performances include featured performances at RioWinds (Brazil), the Festival of New American Music (California), and numerous appearances at International Double Reed Society conferences.
Published recordings can be heard on The Woodwind Music of Robert Fruehwald, Vol.II (2015) privately released, Revelations (2014) released on EPR, Eastern Discoveries (2014) released on MSR Classics; Vocalise (2013), his first solo CD and Landscapes: The Double Reed Music of Daniel Baldwin (2010), both released on Mark Records. He has served as principal bassoon with the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra and the Albany (GA) Symphony Orchestra, the Savannah Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, the Plano Symphony Orchestra (TX), the Tucson Pops, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra Symphonica UANL of Monterry, Mexico and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. In addition to studio bassoon Scott has taught university courses on Chamber Music, Music Appreciation, and Music Theory/Aural Skills. His primary bassoon teachers have been Carl Rath of Appleton, Wisconsin and Will Dietz of Tucson, Arizona.
Texas A&M Corpus Christi
Talis Music Festival and Academy
As a Moosmann artist, I perform solely on these wonderful bassoons. I had played on Moosmann for many years before being approached as a representative artist for Mr. Moosmann. The flexibility of these instruments make playing both contemporary and traditional literature the easiest of any instrument I have tried. Moosmann bassoons also have a tonal spectrum I have not found in other makers. There are many great bassoons on the market and some equally talented bassoonists playing them, but Moosmann takes the bassoon to a new level of artistry allowing the performer to live and breathe within the creation of sound.
I currently play the following two bassoons depedning on the venue and type of performance. To round out the arsenal, The Moosmann contrabassoon is one of the smoothest contras I've tried, while the Nobel minibassoon is a fun novelty that adds a nice "soprano" voice to the bassoon family.