Mark Davis Scatterday is Professor of Conducting at the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music and conductor of the Eastman Wind Ensemble. Scatterday joined a prestigious line of conductors in the past sixty-plus years of the internationally famed ensemble – Frederick Fennell, Clyde Roller, and Donald Hunsberger. Since his appointment, he has led the EWE on tours of Japan, Taiwan, China, Canada, the US, and Europe. He also conducted the EWE in highly acclaimed performances at Carnegie Hall, Severance Hall in Cleveland, the Canadian National Musicfest, and the Midwest Clinic, and has recorded 6 CDs with the EWE and the Eastman Musica Nova. Dr. Scatterday has premiered over 30 new works for wind ensemble by composers such as Andre Previn, Roberto Sierra, and Jeff Tyzik. Artists that he has performed with include the Canadian Brass, Nexus, Bela Fleck, James Carter, Al Vizzutti, Jeff Tyzik, Michael Burritt, Kathryn Lewek, Stephen Williamson, Marina Lomazov, Chien-Kwan Lin, James Thompson, Jim Pugh, Ian Bousfield, Dennis Smith, Robert Sullivan, Brian Shaw, Clark Terry, Eddie Daniels, Slide Hampton, Ed Shaughnessy, and Lee Konitz.
Professor Scatterday has directed wind ensembles and orchestras throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Previous to his appointment at Eastman, Dr Scatterday was Professor and Chair of the Department of Music at Cornell University. Professor Scatterday maintains an active guest conducting schedule and researching and writing articles involving score analysis, performance practices, and conducting – most notably the music of Karel Husa and Roberto Sierra. His arrangements for wind ensemble are available through Subito, Schirmer, Alfred, and Hal Leonard publishers. Notable guest conducting appearances include The New World Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Tokyo Philharmonic (opening of Ohga Hall, Karuizawa, Japan), the Kunitachi (Japan) Wind Orchestra, the Sante Fe Concordia, as well as many US universities, all-state, and all-county ensembles.
Dr. Scatterday has conducted the premiere recording of Roberto Sierra’s Cancionero Sefardi with members of the Milwaukee Symphony (2001), Judith Weir’s Consolations of Scholarship with Ensemble X (2005), Danzante with James Thompson and the EWE (2006), Barcelonazo with Musica Nova (nominated for a 2008 Latin Grammy), Manhattan Music with the EWE and the Canadian Brass (2008, nominated for a 2009 JUNO), a CD with the EWE and the Eastman Virtuosi featuring Stravinsky’s music and celebrating the EWE’s 60th year (2013, AVIE, London), a live recording of Roberto Sierra’s music (Summit, 2016), a recording of Jeff Tyzik’s music, Images, (Summit, 2018), and an album of David Liptak’s compositions, Brightening Air (New Focus, 2021).