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Scott Pittman

Scott Pittman (1953) was born and raised in one square mile in the middle of a cornfield in east central Illinois, Hoopeston, "Sweet Corn Capital of the World" and "Home of the Cornjerkers". A charter member of the "Television Generation" his early cultural exposure included "I Love Lucy", "Captain Kangaroo", and "Gilligan's Island." His early music experiences were of Victor Borge and Liberace.

During a visit to relatives in Chicagoland in the summer of 1964, Scott discovered his Aunt's piano and diligently worked through the beginning of John W. Schaums first book during the week. When he returned home, he begged and begged his parents for a piano until they relented. Family friends gave them an old, no longer identified, upright.

Scott's first lessons were with a high school student. After his teacher left for college, he began studies with Earl Robert's in Danville, IL. Earl was an eccentric, barefooted teacher who taught piano, pop organ, cello, banjo, guitar (electric and acoustic), accordion, etc. often at the same time. It was during this time that Scott learned to read lead sheets and began working with improvisation.

After about a year, he went to Esther Paulson who lead him down a more classical path. He studied with Mrs. Paulson until he left for college.

Scott started band in the last part of his freshman year, learning the bass viol. Upon entering high school, he also learned the sousaphone for marching band (the "tuba fours" squad) and later the bass clarinet. He was pianist in the jazz band and played bass guitar for a dance combo made up high school teachers.

In fall of 1972, he entered Eastern Illinois University where he studied piano with Dr. Catherine Smith. In 1974, with the end of the Vietnam War and the draft, Scott left school to find some less flat ground and moved to Denver, CO. and later to Spokane and Seattle WA. During this period, Scott sold pianos and organs, played odd jobs and taught piano and organ. It was an otherwise fallow period for his musical studies.

In the fall of 1980, he moved to the Rio Grande Valley on the Mexican border in way south Texas, where he spent the next 22 years. During this time, he was church organist and choir director, accompanied and directed music for community and college theater, played odd jobs, and was a partner in a package liquor store. He also spent two forgettable years studying music at the University of Texas - Pan American.

After his partner died in 2002, Scott sold the business and returned to the Midwest to be closer to his aging mother and settled in Indianapolis where he was again church organist and choir director and accompanied for local theater groups.

In 2009, Scott made full circle and returned to the cultural mecca of Hoopeston, IL. He is currently music director at the United Methodist Church and a private piano instructor as well as playing odd jobs. He now has more time to work towards developing his non-existent technique and studying music as his mood swings move him. He also has time to work at classical organ and harpsichord techniques and to learn how to record them.

Through out his life, Scott has been pulled between the forces of classical music on the one hand and jazz, rock, and pop music on the other hand. In classical music, besides his love for Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and the "Big Guns" he is also discovering the joy of such somewhat forgotten composers as Clementi, Dohnanyi, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and company. He also enjoys studying music theory and history.

When not working on music, Scott enjoys reading, cooking, genealogy, and walking.


Boellmann - Suite Gothique 
Coleridge-Taylor - 24 Negro Melodies Op. 59 
Kuhlau - Sonatinas 
Mendelssohn - Songs without Words 
Spirituals by various composers