Director heading to Paris for music conductor program

by Tim Troglen | reporter Published:

Hudson -- The director of music ministries at the First Congregational Church of Hudson has decided to take his talents elsewhere.

However, unlike a National Basketball Association player from Akron, Thomas More Scott will only be gone for a month, before returning to the Chagrin Falls home he shares with his wife and four children.

Scott has been accepted into the conducting program at the European American Musical Alliance and will spend July at La Schola Cantorum in Paris, France.

"It's a huge honor," Susan Wozniak, music board chair at the First Congregational Church of Hudson, said. "He is just so artistic and talented and he has a strong work ethic, along with that artistic talent. We are so proud of him and he is so deserving."

Scott directs to music programs and choir at the church.

Scott will be schooled in counterpoint, harmony, analysis, score-reading, choral singing, solfege and conducting lessons. He will be required to attend a variety of seminars during the six-day a week, highly personalized curriculum, according to Scott. Only five conductors world-wide have been accepted into the program.

"I am always amazed and delighted when I get accepted to something like this, but because of the international scope of the program, I wasn't so sure I would make it," Scott said.

Scott, who applied for the program in 2013, was required to fill out 14 pages of documents in the process. He will leave July 1 and return Aug. 1.

This is not Scott's first overseas conductor journey.

"I have conducted at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, but this ranks right up there," Scott said of his summer trip. "It's pretty special."

Scott, with the help of his wife, will also celebrate a milestone while in France.

"It's kind of cool, it's their anniversary [July 27] and he is flying his wife over for the last week and they will celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary too," Wozniak said.

Scott has been preparing for the trip by practicing French each day, he said.

"I've been studying a lot, but I'm sure it will hit me when I see the Eiffel Tower," Scott said of the building excitement.

Wozniak said Scott is "pretty modest about the extend of his talent and the ministry he does with music."

"He's just a great guy," Wozniak said. "He's one of those guys who is very talented and he works really hard. We are so proud of him and he is so deserving."

Scott, who will celebrate his fifth year with the church in August, is the former director of music and liturgy at St. Joan of Arc Church in Chagrin Falls. Scott earned a bachelor's and master's degree in music from Bowling Green State University, a masters of arts from the University of Notre Dame and a doctorate in music from Kent State University.

"I am very honored to be representing my church, and they have been extremely supportive of this experience," Scott said. "What I learn as a conductor and musician, I will bring back and use everyday with our congregants, to fulfill our mission in the music ministry: the gifts of God for the people of God."

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