Under Scott Tucker’s artistic leadership, the acclaimed symphonic Choral Arts Chorus maintains its strong connection with the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) and continues its reputation as a sought-after choral ensemble, receiving invitations from a wide range of world-class artists and ensembles such as The Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis.
Tucker has prepared the Choral Arts Chorus for such conductors as Gianandrea Noseda, Christoph Eschenbach, Emil de Cou, John Mauceri, JoAnn Falletta, and Rossen Milanov to perform the NSO’s presentations of Britten’s War Requiem, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Missa Solemnis, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Handel’s Messiah, Hindemith’s When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d, NSO Pops concerts of music by Danny Elfman from Tim Burton’s movies and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert, as well as Rachmaninoff’s The Bells for Vassily Sinaisky. He has also prepared large-scale symphonic works for other leading conductors including Gustavo Dudamel, Marin Alsop, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Teddy Abrams, Peter Schreier, Fabio Mechetti, Daniel Hege, Carl St. Clair, Heiichiro Ohyama, Lanfranco Marcelletti, Jr., and Erich Leinsdorf.
Deeply committed to supporting new music, Tucker frequently programs world premieres, Choral Arts commissions, and performances of recently composed works. Tucker has commissioned and premiered more than 30 works from composers such as Ernani Aguiar, Bernard Rands, Steven Stucky, Jake Runestad, Augusta Read Thomas, Carol Barnett, David Conte, Libby Larsen, and Chen Yi.
In addition to his Choral Arts activities, Tucker is regularly invited to teach, speak, and conduct with a variety of local, national, and international organizations. Recent engagements include serving as conductor for a presentation of Ireland’s Poet-Patriots at Washington National Cathedral. In 2017 Tucker conducted the Alexandria Symphony in their performance of Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. In 2018 Tucker conducted a combined chorus comprised of ensembles from across the globe in the 2018 Serenade! Festival finale concert Mandela at 100: Songs of Hope, Justice and Unity at the Kennedy Center.
Prior to his engagement with Choral Arts, Tucker was the P.E. Browning Director of Choral Music at Cornell University, where he directed the Men’s Glee Club and the Women’s Chorus, in addition to overseeing the activities of the Cornell Chorale, Chamber Singers, and Sage Chapel Choir. During his 17-year leadership, the Cornell choirs toured nationally and internationally. Tour highlights included an invitation to appear at the American Choral Director’s Association National Conference and a tour to Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, China. The Cornell choirs collaborated with such acclaimed artists as Anonymous 4, Peter Schreier, and Samite, and were featured on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion.
Updated: April 11, 2019