Sylvia Scott

Sylvia Patterson-Scott, First-Call Principal Keyboard with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, performs with them frequently on piano, harpsichord, celesta, and organ.  She has recorded with former ISO conductor Raymond Leppard and been featured in many broadcasts with him and former ISO Music Director Mario Venzago.  In addition to many performances with the ISO and the Carmel Symphony Orchestra as soloist,  and also as duo-pianist with her husband Beverly, she has been featured with the ISO as Baroque organist.  She is pianist and harpsichordist (and occasional vocalist) with the Scott Chamber Players, having performed more than fifty programs at the Indianapolis Museum of Art since 1981.  

Ms. Patterson-Scott plays chamber music with ISO musicians, instrumental and vocal faculty from Butler University, DePauw University, and the University of Indianapolis, laureates of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, and the Ronen Chamber Ensemble.  She has coached chamber music with talented young string players in the Indiana University Summer String Academy, the IU Violin Virtuosi, and the Chamber Music Institute of the University of Indianapolis, as well as teaching in the Piano Academy of the University of Indianapolis.  She additionally presented workshops at several piano pedagogy seminars and master classes.  In addition to teaching piano, Ms. Scott also coaches professional singers and has sung with various vocal groups, including Mon Choeur, Pro Arte/IU, and the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir.  Recent and upcoming performances include Sacred Spain and the New World:  Musical Import and Export, 17th- through 19th-centuries at the Indianapolis Museum of Art; Petrouchka with the ISO; and an ISO performance of Saint-Saen’s Carnival of the Animals with husband Beverly Scott.

MS Patterson-Scott is a native of Warrensburg, Missouri, having studied with Wesley True at (then) UCM; she later received a MM in Piano from the U. of Michigan, having studied there with Charles Fisher and Eugene Bossart.  From 1975 through 1980, she was Principal Keyboard with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Costa Rica, and professor of piano at the National University of Heredia.  She and co-teacher husband Beverly Scott, violist and pianist, returned to the States in 1981, where Sylvia studied further at Indiana University with John Wustman, coach and pianist for Luciano Pavarotti.  While there, she was a much-sought-after vocal coach and collaborative pianist, and worked with many singers who went on to have international careers.

MS Scott and her husband have two grown sons and currently spend their spare time working with their church on social justice issues, participating in music ministry, and organizing and restoring their 1910 home.