Associate Professor of Percussion
Scott Ney is an active educator and performer specializing in contemporary solo and chamber ensemble music. He’s appeared at festivals and universities throughout the United States and Europe, including several Percussive Arts Society International Conventions, the International Festival of Percussive Arts Perkusja in Warsaw, Poland, Cathedral of Koeln, Saint Agnes and Abtei Brauweiler churches in Koeln, Germany and most recently at venues in Strasbourg, Nürnberg, and Würzburg.
A faculty member at the University of New Mexico since 1998, Professor Ney serves as Associate Professor of Music and Director of Percussion Studies, where he directs the UNM Contemporary and Folkloric Percussion Ensembles as well as the UNM Graduate Percussion Group. In addition to his teaching responsibilities in the Department of Music he also facilitates a weekly drum circle at the UNM Psychiatric Hospital for patients and staff as part of the UNM Arts and Medicine Program.
Since his arrival in New Mexico he has become involved with numerous chamber music festivals and ensembles along with serving as timpanist with the Opera Southwest Orchestra, and an active percussionist with the New Mexico Philharmonic, Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, and Santa Fe Symphony.
Professor Ney attended The Boston Conservatory, Eastern Illinois University, and the University of Washington where his principal teachers include Johnny Lane (Eastern Illinois University), Arthur Press (Boston Conservatory and Boston Symphony) and Tom Collier (University of Washington). Past teaching positions include California State University-Fresno, University of Washington, Eastern Illinois University, Fresno City College, the Buchanan Educational Center, and Clovis High School.
Scott Ney is a performing artist with Pearl/Adams Percussion, Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks, and Remo Inc.