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scott montgomery
Organist/Presenter/Recording Artist
Director of Music Ministries/Organist
Holy Cross Catholic Church
Champaign, Illinois

Scott Montgomery Organist/Presenter
2006 NYACOP Winner
Director of Music Ministries/Organist
Holy Cross Catholic Church, Champaign, Illinois
Scott Montgomery is Director of Music Ministries and Organist for Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church in Champaign, Illinois. Scott received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in organ performance, studying with Dr Dana Robinson.

Scott 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.

Scott 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 as well as the National Pastoral Musician Conference in Indianapolis. His performances have been broadcast on American Public Media’s series, Pipedreams. Scott has been involved as an instructor and performer for the AGO sponsored Pipe Organ Encounters (POE). His debut recording, Water and Light, was released in 2008 by the Pro Organo label. His second CD, Inspirations from England, was released in 2009 by the Regent Record label.

Mr. Montgomery plans to continue his ministry in liturgical music, performing, and teaching.
"Here is an artist of great promise - technically assured and well able to interpret very different styles of music." The Organ, 2008
"Your Playing was flawless, musical, and expressive. Your rapport with the audience was amazing! This was an event our people will remember and treasure for years to come." Petoskey, Michigan

Selected CD Reviews
Water and Light (Pro Organo)
"Montgomery plays accurately and with a confidence aided no doubt by his AGO victory. All the pieces are performed with proper tempos and registrations. Overall, a fine if not distinguished recording of literature standards." Metz, The American Record Guide, 2009

Inspirations from England (Regent Records)
"Scott Montgomery's star has been rising steadily since becoming the first person to win the two major awards offered by the American Guild of Organists' National Your Artists Competition in 2006... Montgomery makes much of the agile, brightly articulated instrument to stake a strong claim for both organ and organist." Michael Quinn, Choir and Organ, 2009

Inspirations from England (Regent Records)
“Scott Montgomery should be booked for a UK tour. His musicality, with due regard to the spaces between the notes, would be a master-class for many of his contemporaries.” Organists' Review, 2009.