The American organist, Scott Montgomery, received his undergraduate (2005) and graduate (2005-present) degrees from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in organ performance, studying with Dr Dana Robinson. He has been a prize winner in several competitions including first-prize in the American Guild of Organists’ Region V Competition in Evansville, Indiana (1997), second-prize in the Arthur Poister National Organ Competition in Syracuse, New York (2002), and was also the first recipient of the M. Louise Miller Scholarship (2002) sponsored by the Greater Bridgeport Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. In 2006 he was winner of both the Lilian Murtagh Memorial Award (first-prize) and the Audience Prize of the American Guild of Organists’ National Young Artist Competition in Organ Playing (NYACOP), the first person to win both prizes in the history of the competition. Currently, Scott is a finalist for the Jordan International Organ Competition in Columbus, Georgia. The final rounds of this competition will take place in September of 2009.
From 1992 to 1996, : Scott Montgomery was Organist at; St Patrick's Parish, Tolono, Illinois; from 1994 to 1996: Organist at St Joseph's Catholic Church, Ivesdale, Illinois; from 1992 to 1996: Organist, First Presbyterian Church, Tolono, Illinois; from 1994 to 1999: Organist, St. Matthew Catholic Church, Champaign, Illinois; from 2001 to present: Piano and Organ Teacher, Private Studio, Champaign, Illinois. Since 1995 he is Director of Music (2005) and Organist, Holy Cross Catholic Church, Champaign, Illinois. In the recent post he plans and administers music for four weekend liturgies, directs all parish and children's choirs, work with cantors and instrumentalists, knowledge of choral and organ repertoire.
Scott Montgomery has given numerous concerts and master classes around the country including performances at the 1998 National AGO Convention in Denver, the 2006 National Convention in Chicago, and two performances at the 2008 National Convention in St Paul-Minneapolis. Scott has also been a featured performer and presenter at the Tallahassee Church Music Conference in Tallahassee, Florida; the National Pastoral Musician Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana; and for the 2009 Pipe Organ Encounter (POE) in Wheaton, Illinois.
His performances have been broadcast on American Public Media's series, Pipedreams. His debut recording, "Water and Light", was released in 2008 by the Pro Organo label. His second CD, "Inspirations From England", will be released in Fall of 2009 by the Regent Record label.
Scott Montgomery plans to continue his ministry in liturgical music, performing, and teaching.