Heart Beat Concert Series: The Scott/Garrison Duo
The Scott/Garrison Duo, featuring clarinetist Shannon Scott and flutist Leonard Garrison, has performed together since 1988 and has been featured at national conventions of the National Flute Association, the College Music Society, and the National Association of Wind and Percussion Instructors. As musicians with the Tulsa Philharmonic from 1989 through 2005, they performed throughout Oklahoma. Since moving to Idaho to teach at Washington State University and the University of Idaho, they have performed throughout the Pacific Northwest and released two critically acclaimed CDs. Fanfare Magazine wrote of Barn Dances, “Shannon Scott and Leonard Garrison have put together an enticing recital of gems, all world premiere recordings, and every one of them a winner… In the hands of these two wonderful artists, more colors are evoked than one might believe possible.” The Instrumentalist magazine calls Perennials a "delightful CD" and wrote, "The Scott/Garrison Duo accompanied by Rajung Yang brings this music to life and sets the bar high for outstanding chamber music performance." Their CDs are frequently broadcast on classical music radio stations throughout the U.S.
Dr. Shannon Scott is Assistant Professor of Clarinet and History of Music and clarinetist for Solstice Woodwind Quintet at Washington State University School of Music. In the summers she teaches and performs as principal clarinetist of the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina. Since moving to the Northwest, Dr. Scott has performed with the Spokane, Walla Walla and Washington-Idaho Symphonies. Before joining the School of Music faculty, Dr. Scott taught clarinet and Survey of Music in Fall 2006 and performed with the Northwest Wind Quintet at the University of Idaho. From 1988 to 2006 she served as principal clarinetist of the Tulsa (Oklahoma) Opera Orchestra and the Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra. While in Tulsa Dr. Scott taught clarinet at the University of Tulsa, Oral Roberts University, Northeastern State University and Tulsa Community College. Dr. Scott holds degrees from Juilliard, École Normale de Musique de Paris, Conservatoire Regional Marcel Dupré, Yale University and Northwestern University. Her major clarinet teachers were Robert Marcellus, Keith Wilson and Stanley Drucker. Before joining the Tulsa Philharmonic she was associate principal clarinet of the Orchestra of the Opera of Lyon, second clarinet for the Grant Park Symphony in Chicago, and played in the Marlboro Music Festival, where she participated in Music from Marlboro tours and recorded for the Marlboro Recording Society.
Leonard Garrison is Associate Professor of Flute and Associate Director of the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho, flutist in the Northwest Wind Quintet, and Principal Flute of the Walla Walla Symphony. In summers, he teaches and performs at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan and the Red Lodge Music Festival in Montana, where he is Artistic Director. His six solo CDs have received rave reviews. Flute Talk magazine called his playing “astounding,” and The Flute Network said “his performance was ‘just ‘superior’ both in brilliant technique and musicianship.” Leonard has been flutist in the Chicago Symphony (including a 2003 tour of Japan) and the Tulsa Philharmonic, soloist on National Public Radio's "Performance Today," winner of the 2003 Byron Hester Competition, concerto soloist on both flute and piccolo, and former President of the National Flute Association. He has taught at The University of Tulsa, Bowling Green State University, the University of Arkansas, and the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire. The Flutist Quarterly and Flute Talk have published his articles. Leonard holds a Doctor of Music degree from Northwestern University, where he studied with Walfrid Kujala and Richard Graef. He received Master of Music and Master of Arts degrees from The State University of New York at Stony Brook, studying with Samuel Baron. His Bachelor of Music is from The Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where his teacher was Robert Willoughby.
About Heart Beat:
In the 2014-15 season, the Walla Walla Symphony launched a new music and wellness initiative titled “Heart Beat”, sponsored by the Walla Walla General Hospital (WWGH). This program provides performances in the hospital for patients and their caregivers. The 2015-16 season will feature five performances throughout the year.